The knowledge of the Father of glory

IMG_20130704_201740_955_smThere is a knowledge that cannot be attained by study.

It must be experienced, encountered. It must revealed by the Father of glory.

And when we receive this knowledge, we are changed, transformed.

This explains why Paul prayed the way he did. Because what he understood by way of revelation, he couldn’t teach to us.

It’s the knowledge of the Father of glory. It’s revealed when we encounter Him for ourselves.

Here’s one example of Paul’s prayer…

“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: 18 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” (Eph.1:17-18 KJV)

The word for “knowledge” here is instructive. The Greek word is ἐπίγνωσις (epignōsis). How Paul is using it here describes a unique revelatory knowledge that only comes from the Father through the Spirit of revelation.

Just as Jesus said to Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Mt.16:17).

We experience this when we come to Christ. But that’s only the beginning.  Paul said that we’re to walk in this same revelation knowledge (Col.2:6). In fact, we risk becoming “foolish” if we don’t (Gal.3:1-5).

It is a gift of God. It cannot be attained from man.

Yet, Jesus promises throughout the gospel accounts that this “Father of glory” would reveal these things to anyone who would receive His Spirit.

“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14-15 NKJV)

Paul said it this way…

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor.2:10-11 NKJV)

But it’s a small, thin place.

A place where we must let go of our need to control God and put Him in our safe little theological box.

It’s a place that requires trust and faith. A place where we must open our heart before we open our mind.

This knowledge eludes our comfortable and familiar religious pride. It resists those who don’t understand that they just don’t know what they don’t know.

It can come in faster than the speed of natural light, like a fleeting thought, a dream that quickly escapes us if we fail to lay hold of it.

It’s the same light that the “god of this world” is trying to keep all people from seeing (2 Cor.4:4). Because when they see Him, they will want Him.

It’s the same light shining in our hearts, the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, if we would but see it (2 Cor.4:6). For it shines in that place where we are becoming who we already are (2 Cor.3:18; Col.2:10).

And it’s glorious because it’s “filled with all the fullness of Him!” (Eph.3:19)


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 37 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to The knowledge of the Father of glory

  1. I am thankful for Paul’s recorded prayers, and often make them my own…especially this one from Ephesians, and the one from Colossians, too.

    I’m thankful that God continues to reveal His true nature to me. I desperately needed a “thinker” overhaul concerning God. The things I believed about Him were so horrendous – I’m amazed that He didn’t cop an attitude and go find someone else who at least liked Him!

    Excellent article, as usual. Thanks for sharing.


    • melwild says:

      Amen there! God is very patient with our poisonous attitudes and distortions about Him. 🙂 And it’s because He DOES know that we don’t know what we don’t know. And our learning this about Him makes us more patient and compassionate, seeing others more like how He sees them. So, that’s a good thing.

      Your comments and encouragement always appreciated. I’ve enjoyed your series on our obstacles to intimacy with God too. Very good. Blessings.

      • Your comments crack me up. I have to stop and diagram them mentally! I’m so glad that he Does know that we don’t know what we don’t know, and has pity on us – not unlike what we have for our little kids!

        Thanks for the encouragement.

        Readership has dropped off considerably. Nevertheless, I believe this is what the Father would have me do for now. I’m not here for the applause, but to equip the saints. Someone out there must need to read it! I always appreciate your input…thanks again.

        May this day be blessed beyond anything you imagined! 😉


        • melwild says:

          You’re welcome. On readership, it seems a bit slow around the holidays, but also when we trail blaze with God, it’s not the most popular thing at first. After all, it’s called trail blazing for a reason! I believe the Father is doing some very much needed shifting of paradigms in the Church right now, about God and about our identity in Him. So keep doing what He tells you to do. The rest work itself out.

          May you be filled with the fullness of God too! 🙂

  2. “It can come in faster than the speed of natural light, like a fleeting thought, a dream that quickly escapes us if we fail to lay hold of it.” I am learning to trust these more and more as I ask the Holy Spirit to give me discernment about them. Thank you for this. It’s a great reminder that we don’t need an intermediary to receive revelation from the Spirit. We have a relationship with God, and if we are still, we can hear His whisper.

    • melwild says:

      You’re welcome. We teach our people to pay attention to these “small impressions.” God is speaking to us all the time but we tend to pass them off as our thoughts or ignore them altogether. It’s all part of learning to walk in the Spirit by faith.

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