Ephesians 1:17-18. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” Ephesians 1:17-18
It is crucial that saints come to know God in the most personal and intimate sense. To know God, the believer must have a deep desire to know Him. To grow in the KNOWLEDGE of God, a believer must have the spirit of WISDOM.
Wisdom can best be understood by the single words what and how. Wisdom means knowing what something is, what is behind something and what can be done. It is knowing how to use or relate to something. Therefore, spiritual wisdom means:
- Knowing who God is and how to relate to Him
- Knowing the truth and how to use it
- Wisdom is the proper application of knowledge
Wisdom differs from knowledge. Knowledge is the grasping of facts, but grasping facts is not enough. Much more is needed: A person must know how to use the facts. That is where wisdom comes in. Wisdom knows how to use the facts. The point is this: It is not enough to know the facts about God; a person must know God personally. He must know how to experience the facts about God. He must use the facts to develop a personal relationship with God – a growing relationship – a relationship that is intimate, that grows deeper and deeper. This is the meaning of the word “knowledge” in the text: A personal experience with God. It is not an intellectual knowledge of God, but an experiential knowledge of God.
If a saint is to grow in the knowledge of God, the richness and deep things of God must be opened up to the believer. But the things of God are like everything else that is worthwhile: they are not handed over to men on a silver platter. A man must seek to learn more and more about God. He must seek to have the truth of God revealed to him.
God and eternal life are the summits of knowledge. It is better to know that one shall never die, than to know all there is about oneself and lose that knowledge at death. To know Him is to Love Him. “People Matter” – All People
Because He is – I am