A Higher Place
Contributed by Bob Ashcraft on Nov 19, 2001 (message contributor)
Summary: In his letter to the Church in Ephesus, Paul prays for mature believers to press on and experience a higher place.
A Higher Place
God is inviting us to a higher place
There are higher attainments in the spirit
There is more of God to be found
We have not ’arrived’ yet
In his letter to the Church in Ephesus, Paul prays for mature believers to press on and experience a higher place
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
Paul is addressing mature Christians
He commends their faith and their love
He is blessed and thankful about their attainments in the Lord
Yet as happy as Paul is with the progress and growth of this young church, he prays about a higher place for them in the spirit
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
He is not talking about the Holy Spirit, though He brings these things, rather an impartation – a deposit of glory, an unction from the Holy One
He prays first that this church would have the spirit of wisdom
An impartation of godly wisdom
As came upon Joseph
38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?"
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”
The same spirit of wisdom that Daniel had
Dan 5:11 "There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father-- your father the king-- made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Wisdom is Holy, it is pure and not mixed or tainted with wrong motives or opinions
There is a peace that follows godly wisdom
It is exhibited, not lectured
Secondly, Paul prays for this church to have the spirit of revelation – in the knowledge of Him (the Father)
Revealing of His Word, a disclosure of meaning
This is holy insight of the Father
The voice of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
The spirit of revelation opens a continuous interaction of the spirit-man and the Holy Ghost
2 Pet 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
It is a fountain of life in our being
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
The spirit of revelation is Rhema word – the spoken word of God
18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; <
God wants to open our understanding of who He is.
He wants us to know Him, not know about Him
Feel His compassion – unlimited love
See from a godly perspective – not our own
Have the mind of Christ – not the carnal mind
18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Here, in the second part of this verse, is what it’s about… the higher place Paul is describing to them
This is where they need to go next – “That you may know”
This is not a head-knowledge – this is a spirit-knowledge
He lists three things he wants them to discover
The hope of His calling
There is a confidence is being called by God
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
There is a boldness and a peace in the hope of His calling
There is a trust that comes with His calling