Day 20 Ephesians 1v17

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
How we need the spirit of wisdom and revelation.  Throughout history wisdom has always been sought after, but the pursuit of it alone can lead to its nemesis – foolishness.  One such people who loved the study of wisdom for its own sake were the Greeks from whom we get the word philosophy from philosophia which means the “love of wisdom.”  For the Greeks as for humanists today this form of wisdom is actually the religion or worship of human reasoning.  However wisdom that does not acknowledge the Creator becomes impersonal, fruitless and ultimately hopeless.  Such wisdom is like lighting a match in a dark room and being impressed by the immediacy of its light, however the longer the match is held the greater the possibility of fingers being burnt!
This is why Paul is so concerned that his Ephesian readers should receive wisdom that is rooted and grounded in the knowledge of Christ. Ephesus was a Greek city in a Roman world, the epicentre of 1st Century humanism.  In the Greek mindset the highest form of wisdom was called the Logos, which was an impersonal yet creative force, much like the concept of Mother Nature or the Force in the Star Wars sagas.  The Apostle John used this term Logos in John 1v1-3 to show the Greek world that what was considered by them as the creative impersonal force was fulfilled in the person of the Creator Jesus Christ!  Therefore to the writers of the New Testament true wisdom only comes from Christ, because true wisdom isn’t just knowing what is right, it is knowing how to apply that wisdom, about walking in that wisdom and exampling that wisdom.  Later in this epistle Paul tells his readers to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4v15), because speaking the truth without love may be right but it is not Christ centred wisdom!  The words and actions of Jesus Christ recorded for us in the Gospels are the perfect example of how to speak the truth in love.
This then is the kind of wisdom that the apostle is praying that his readers will receive, and it is the kind of wisdom that we as believers so desperately need to walk in.  If we have received Christ as LORD then we have already begun to walk in this godly wisdom.  Now we must continually ask our Father for Christ centred wisdom so that in all situations we respond not only with the right words but also with the right heart and delivery.
We also need a continual stream of revelation to our souls.  Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”  Such revelation is literally food to our spirit.  Such revelation comes from only one source – God’s WORD, which is the reason Jesus equated His Word which sustains us spiritually to bread that sustains us physically.  The Israelites ate manna in the wilderness for forty years.  Every single day they were presented with the revelation of God’s care and provision.  In the same way we have the opportunity to read and be sustained from God’s Word every day, and as we do God will reveal His presence to us and teach us to hear His voice.   Whether it is a fresh revelation of God’s GRACE to us or whether we need specific direction, it all comes from spending time in God’s presence by reading His WORD.
Such revelation is vital for us, and it can be ours if we give God’s WORD priority status in our lives.  If we are continually drawing from the wells of salvation, then we will always be refreshed and fruitful for the Master’s service.  So let us not allow ourselves to become dry, or to settle for past revelations, let us be determined to live on fresh manna every day so that we can know Him better!
Heavenly Father, thank you that true wisdom comes from Your throne. Thank you LORD Jesus that You are THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.  As we diligently read Your WORD give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know YOU better, by the power of Your Holy Spirit.

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.   19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”   20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?   21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;  23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,  24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4

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