REVELATION, UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM
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: 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.
In this prayer, Paul asked for revelation, understanding and wisdom for the Ephesians. I believe that when the Lord God speaks to man, He speaks to him in revelation, understanding, and wisdom.
Revelation is how we see, how we hear, how we feel. It is the way the message is communicated to us. Sometimes it is a vision, sometimes it is a word, and at other times it is a still small voice. In this chapter, I will be discussing the different aspects of revelation.
Understanding is the knowledge of what He showed us, what He spoke and revealed to us. What good does revelation do if we have no understanding of it and don't know what God wants? The purpose of revelation is to give us direction so that we know the hope of His calling. If all we have is the revelation but we don't understand what it means, then we need to have some way to interpret it. Without the interpretation, which is the understanding, we lack direction to know where to go and what to do.
The third aspect of making that word from God fulfilled, empowered, and directive in our life is to have wisdom . We need to have wisdom to know whether the word is for this time or for another season. We also need to have wisdom to know where the voice or revelation came from, because the Lord says we are to test the spirits. I believe we can hear from four different sources: God, man, Satan or an angelic visitation such as Jacob as well as the apostle John in the book of Revelation experienced.
Another important area of interpretation is discerning of spirits. We need to know, we need to hear, we need to see, and then we need to have wisdom to know how to implement this in our life. We also need to know the timing, the way of it, the who, the when, and what to make of it.
The first way that God likes to speak to His children is through the Word. It says in John 1:1-5, " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God ." We know that Jesus is the Word. He is the Word made manifest. " All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not ." He is the Word, and there is revelation in the Word because He is life. So there is life in the Word, and there is light and revelation in the Word. The light shines, giving us direction. He loves to speak to us in the Word, but in order to avoid the trap of opening the Word of God and just reading words, we need to speak to the Holy Spirit, we need to open up the Word of God in a place of fellowship and relationship, and say, "O, Holy Spirit, You are the author of this Word. Will You speak to me here?" This is one way that He gives us revelation. It is the difference between the Logos Word, the written Word, and the Rhema Word, which is the Word of direction for man.
The second way that God gives us revelation is in dreams, and the third way is in visions. On the Day of Pentecost, Peter said, " And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams " (Acts 2:17-18). We are in the last days. We are in the days of great revelation glory and great revelation knowledge being released. Thi