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Ephesians 1:17-18 “The Knowledge of Him”

Oct 01 2018

Ephesians 1:17-18 “The Knowledge of Him

In Ephesians 1:17-18 Paul address his prayer to God praying that the readers of this letter would have “The knowledge of Him”. Hey wait a minute I thought these folks were already Christians, so why did they need the knowledge of God? Amazingly Paul does not start out asking God to give them something, work something out in their favor instead he simply asks God to give to them more of Himself! Now notice that this knowledge of Him was two be realized two ways:

a. Spirit of wisdom: Paul prays for the mind not just to ascertain the truth but that they would so grasp the person and work of God as to apply Him to every aspect of their lives.

b. Revelation: This word relates to unveiling that which was previously hidden; so Paul prays that God would enable us to see more of Him which was hidden from them.

Hey Christian, the truth is any relationship that does not go deeper will in time grow apart. So the first part of this fourfold prayer deals with our mind and its continual application of the person of God and the riches of His grace towards us. The 2nd things Paul prays for on their behalf is for, “The hope of His calling”; that is that God would “open up their hearts so they can understand what God had called them to!” In Revelation 15 we have the song of the martyred believers in heaven as they sing, “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” I realized that I so often fail in “expectation in confidence” because I view my life upon experiences meeting my expectations of them. But in heaven, we like these persecuted believers, will sing concerning God’s dealing with us with regard to His works and ways that they have all ways, at all times been “Great and marvelous and Just and true”. God can not do anything but that which is “Great and marvelous and Just and true” it is impossible for His to do so, as it would be against His very nature. Our hope comes from knowing Who He is and that in every way and work He will always act in accordance with His nature. In Jeremiah 29:11 God spoke towards the nation of Israel who was rebelling against Him “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Oh dear believer that is what He has called you too today and one day you and I will sing what we can only do by faith now, “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!”

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!