Welcome to DAY 5 of our new online Bible study on Ephesians!
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Read: Ephesians 1:15-17
I started a blog in 2009. I didn’t tell anyone in my “real life” about it, except maybe a half-dozen people. The blog was my way of recording my own “stones of remembrance”—those times when God had spoken to me through His Word and moved in my life in a certain way. Each blog post was another story of God’s grace in my life.
One Sunday a friend at church mentioned a recent blog post she’d read, and she asked if we could meet for coffee. I didn’t even know she read my blog, but when we got together and talked, it was clear that she knew me better than many of the people who interacted with me on Sunday mornings.
My friend knew about my history because she’d been reading my stories. But she also knew me better than most readers of my blog because she knew me in person too. We could get together and have face-to-face conversations. In many ways this experience reflects the two primary ways we can know God.
God has chosen to reveal Himself through the inspired Word and the incarnate Word.
The Bible — the inspired Word — tells us who God is; Jesus — the incarnate Word — shows us who God is. When we read the Bible, we know God better by learning how He has interacted with His people throughout history. When we spend time with Him, we know God better by being in His presence.
We have the amazing invitation to know God through His Word and through His Son.
“All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27).
While writing his letter to the Ephesians, Paul is literally bound by chains, yet he doesn’t pray for his own freedom. He also knows the end of his earthly life is likely near, yet he doesn’t ask for his life to be spared. He prays for the believers — those he’s personally mentored and those he’s heard about through the reports of others — because of his deep love for them.
Paul doesn’t pray for their material wealth or personal health either. Instead he prays for their spiritual lives to be enriched, enlightened, and empowered. He asks God to give the believers “a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17).
More than anything else, Paul wants believers to know God better.
Such knowledge, however, only comes by revelation. This is why we pray the words of Psalm 119:18 each day before we begin our time with God and His Word. We pray “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (NIV) because we want God to reveal Himself to us through His Word and through His Son, the Word made flesh.
~ Diving Deeper ~
When have you prayed the same prayer Paul prayed?
That God would give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation
in the knowledge of Him?