verse 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,
I’m still don’t fully grasp the Trinity — how God is one and yet three at the same time; however, I love that Paul is saying here that the Father is God of Jesus. This is the same word (theos) that is in Matthew 27:46 in Jesus’ final cry on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus is our ultimate pattern in all things, and if He worshipped the Father (with whom He was equal in divinity), what excuse do we have? If our Lord (literally, “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding”) acknowledges the Father as His God, then how much more should we subject ourselves to His rulership?
I love how Paul establishes God’s preeminence over all things. He is the Father of glory, the originator of all things majestic, excellent, and exalted. It is from this most-exalted-One that we have the right to ask for wisdom and revelation. We have no wisdom in ourselves, and yet He gives generously to all without criticizing our lack of wisdom. I can remember so many times in school being afraid to raise my hand and ask a question because I thought my peers would laugh at me for asking “something stupid.” God isn’t like that.
But the verse goes even beyond that. The Father gives us the Holy Spirit, who is the illuminator of hearts and minds. He is the “spirit of wisdom and revelation” who leads us into the knowledge of God. He is the One who makes known to us everything that He has received/seen from the Father.
Ultimately, then, what Paul is seeking here is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is more than just “warm fuzzies” or gifts of tongues, healings, signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit is He who gives us a revelation of Jesus. He is God come to open our eyes to the Scriptures just as surely as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection.
This is beyond a one-time baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is a prayer for a daily renewal of His Presence in our lives. Just as surely as we should set ourselves to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6) every day, we should also take the time to stop and invite the Holy Spirit to reveal the mysteries of the Godhead to us.
Holy Spirit, I humbly ask You to do what You love to do and open my eyes to the mysteries of the Father. I long to know Him better.