Receiving Revelation – Ephesians 1:15-23
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom, and revelation so that you may know him better” (Eph. 1:17)
We can hear the voice of God! This truth is crucial for fruitfulness as God’s children. Revelation is God’s self-disclosure to his people. It’s his initiative in revealing truths that believers otherwise would not know. God provides two specific types of revelation: general and specific revelation. General revelation refers to God revealing himself through nature and through an internal witness within every human being. General revelation isn’t enough for developing a relationship with God; it points the way toward him. There is need for more revelation if a person is to develop a relationship with God through Jesus. This is specific revelation revealed to us through the Bible, the person of Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Thirsting for God’s Revelation
Receiving revelation begins with believing God is worthy of trust and wants to communicate with us. Communication includes accurately sending and receiving information. We’re usually quite good at the sending piece; we know generally how to make our needs known to God. But receiving information from him is a little more uncomfortable. God has provided the communication resources we need to rightly relate with him. Yet many believers don’t know how to hear from God in daily life and ministry.
Without God’s guidance and revelation, we do not know where to go, what to do or how to do it. Guidance and revelation are based on relationship, and Jesus values relationship above all else. This is one reason he doesn’t lay out formulas for hearing his voice. He seeks an intimate relationship of growing understanding. Of course, there are clear scriptural principles concerning hearing God’s voice, yet these are applied in the context of a living and vibrant relationship with Jesus.
The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation
Paul understood the need for ongoing spiritual understanding and revelation in the lives of believers. We do well to pray his power-packed apostolic prayer (as outlined in Eph. 1:17-19) daily – both for ourselves and other believers close to us. This prayer highlights resources needed to hear the voice of God. We receive revelation from Jesus through growing in fellowship with him. The Father gives understanding by providing the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” The “spirit of wisdom and revelation” is the indispensable piece of discerning deeper levels of spiritual understanding.
The term wisdom used here is the same one used in the book of proverbs. Proverbs consistently exhorts believers to seek wisdom, understanding and knowledge of his truth, ways and will. God is longing to unlock the scriptures for persistent believers. We can look at the same verse over and over, discerning a new nugget of insight each time.
In conclusion, will you ask the Lord to baptize you with a strong desire to remain consistent in your search for God and that as you do so, he will unfold his timeless truth to you that will stabilize you in your pilgrimage on earth.