The Spirit Of Wisdom And Revelation (Ephesians 1:15-19)Simon Schrock, August 9, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Simon brought our attention to three points of prayer in this passage.
1. Verse 16 - "Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers."
Paul was interceding for the church at Ephesus, and that is what Christians are called to do for each other. Jesus is interceding for us today.
2. Verse 17 - "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened."
God's wisdom and knowledge is beyond any wisdom the world has. When we come to know the Lord Jesus, it illuminated our lives, and God is able to enlighten our understanding of Him.
3. Verse 18 - "That ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."
It is God who is offering us these riches. God does not owe them to us; they are gifts from Him. The riches God offers us is redemption and inner strength by His spirit. God's power is manifested when our lives are changed.
When God redeems us, we receive the gift of wisdom and revelation. Simon pointed out three ways wisdom comes to us. 1) By listening to instruction. 2) Through trials and suffering. 3) Through the chastening of the Lord.
The spirit of wisdom and revelation comes by an ACTIVE life of faith.
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might (ESV)