“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,”
Ephesians 1:17-18 (NIV)
God want us to know Him. And He has created us with a great capacity for knowledge. As we grow in Him our knowledge also grows. Paul expresses this in today’s verses. He uses three different words for knowing or knowledge. First he asks God to give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. This is where we start to learn and acquire knowledge about God and gain insight and understanding. But God doesn’t want us to stop there. Paul also says that we should gain this wisdom so we can “know” Christ better. This is a more personal intimate knowledge. This is experiential knowledge. How we need to move from our head to our heart and get to know our savior in a more personal way. Paul finishes by praying that more than knowledge; that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened so we would “know” the hope to which He has called us. This is our deepest felt knowledge. It is akin to the Biblical phrase, “being fully persuaded.” It is an assurance. The way they expressed it in the original language is, “I know that I know, that I know!” Oh that we would grow to this level of assurance. That our experience with God would result is such a way that we can say about God and His love for us, and all the promises that He has made; that we are confident in Him, that we are full of assurance, that there is no doubt, that we are fully persuaded, that we know that we know, that we know.
Father, help me know You. Help me grow in my knowledge and in my experience with You. Open the eyes of my heart so I can say with confidence that I know that I know, that I know all about You.
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