” For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” – (Ephesians 1:15-17 ESV)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The Spirits’ ministry is supernatural. And He gives us understanding that we cannot obtain by our own study and natural effort, alone. Our spirits are enlightened by God’s Spirit in our heart’s – which is our innermost being. That’s where all spiritual transformation takes place. Which ultimately results in a change of our outward behavior.
As believers we must ask God to reveal himself to us, so that as the NIV translates it: “you may know him better.” We first come to know him through our initial salvation experience, but that’s only the beginning of our spiritual journey. The knowledge of God is a never ending process for those who pursue him. And, God desires to make the debts of his love, wisdom and power known in ever increasing ways. He’s a holy but very personal God.
We have been set apart by God as his holy people, so that our behavior will be in harmony with his will for our lives. We are His inheritance. And his will is that we will become more like Jesus (over time) through the transformation of our character. The theological word for this is sanctification.
As Disciples of Jesus we are God’s inheritance and we have his resurrection power living inside of us. We must ask (pray) for understanding of the “immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might,” which is what God has given us in Christ. For the most part the full extent of this power is untapped in our lives. We overcome the evil impulses of the world, the flesh, and the Devil by allowing the resurrection power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to dominate our thinking. As we discover God’s power in us, we are more effective in supernatural ministry.
The Ephesians understood that the spiritual atmosphere was evil and they were up against dark powers – that controlled unbelievers. Those same dark forces still operate in our world today. The Churches during biblical times understood what they were up against spiritual darkness. But, sadly many in the modern Church don’t have even a basic understanding of spiritual warfare. Paul was reassuring Christians that all these evil entities are under Christ’ feet. We desperately need more understanding of the resurrection power that God has given us access to today. And this comes to us, in response to our prayers. So let’s keep asking.
Note: The point of the knowledge of him has nothing to do with what God knows, but with what believers are to know (hence, “your…knowledge”). Further, the author’s prayer is that this knowledge of God would increase, not simply be initiated, since he is writing to believers who already know God (hence, “your growing knowledge of him”). NET Bible, bible.org