17 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:
There is so much here I’m just going to take one verse at a time.
Paul makes a statement and asks the Lord Jesus Christ to give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. We have to start out at the end of this verse in order to fully take in what Paul is asking. It is in the knowledge of Him, Jesus Christ our Lord, that we gain wisdom and revelation. You see all things come from Jesus. Our salvation, our strength, our deliverance, are healing and now wisdom and revelation. If we are seeking wisdom and revelation, and we are not growing in our knowledge of Him, we are seeking the wrong thing. We must be seeking the knowledge of Him. Where can this be found? He is the very Word of God. Remember John 1:14 – the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. And the Word has been with us since the very beginning – everything was made by the Word (John 1:1-3. The knowledge of Him is found throughout the Bible.
I have seen a couple bloggers talking about reading the Bible through in a year and I have also had some Facebook friends that mentioned the same thing. I have done this countless times. I believe it is a good thing to do. It should not be your devotional time, but rather a reading time that you set aside each day. Your devotional time should be spent studying out the scripture, not just reading it. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit will bring things to your remembrance (John 14:26) and will give you the words to say when you need them (Luke 12:12). How can the Holy Spirit bring something to your remembrance if it’s not in your memory? Reading the Bible through puts the words in your memory even though you may not consciously remember them. Seeing them and reading them put them in there and gives the Holy Spirit the opportunity to bring them to your remembrance. Now I do believe that the Holy Spirit can give us revelation knowledge that we haven’t read before, but I also believe that it’s based in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. So concentrate on that and then the Lord will give you wisdom and revelation.
18 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,
And what happens when we get this Spirit of wisdom and revelation? The eyes of our understanding will be opened. When new believers come to faith in Jesus Christ it is so important that we tell them to read the gospels through at least a couple times before they read the entire Bible. I always tell them to start in John and then go back to Matthew and read through the Gospels and then do it again. That lets them have some knowledge of Jesus Christ, although certainly not all that they need eventually. But it will allow the Holy Spirit to give them wisdom and revelation so the eyes of their understanding can be opened to the rest of scripture. And they need this to fully understand how God is speaking to them
This revelation knowledge will also help them to know the hope of His calling. The hope is that all His promises are true. The hope is heaven. The hope is deliverance. The hope is being one with the family of God, and so much more. It also enlighten them to what the riches of the glory of his inheritance are. They start to understand exactly what they’ve gotten when they got saved. We can tell them all we want about the joy and peace that is a part of there salvation, but until they actually experience it, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. What a beautiful promise to the new believer Verse 18 is.
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Not only does it open their eyes to understand and being enlightened to the hope and the riches but it opens their eyes to the greatness of his power!. And WOW is that power something. If you want a great experience seeing the power of God in a different way than you’ve seen it before I challenge you to read the four Gospels in this manner. Read Matthew 1, Mark 1, Luke 1, and John 1 on the first day of the month. Matthew 2, Mark, 2, Luke 2 and John 2 on the second day of the month and so forth through the month. If you have never done this I challenge you to do it next month. Then I asked you to let me know how it affected your faith. I guarantee it will amaze you when you read it this way.
Helping others to understand the power of God is a great thing. And it all boils back to verse 17: in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord we gain the spirit of wisdom and revelation. That is how we can understand that His power is directed to us who believe. The power that rained down hail and brimstone at Sodom and Gomorrah. The power that brought the 10 plagues on Egypt. The power that parted the Red Sea. The power that caused an earthquake to divide the nation of Israel. The power that parted the Jordan River. The power that knocked down the walls of Jericho. Skipping forward to the power that raised up Lazarus and Jesus from the dead. That is a power that is now directed to us in our time of need. Hallelujah! Make sure that new Saints are growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and avoiding pitfalls to get into revelation and wisdom first.