6th June 2014

 Getting To Know God Better 

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Ephesians 1:17 (NIV UK) 

In the well-known musical The King and I, Anna sings the song “Getting to know you” to the children and wives of the King of Siam. The idea is that relationships are built through getting to know one another. 

How can we get to know God? Some have thought the answer is through isolation: what we should do is find a hermit’s cave and retreat there to pray, study, fast and contemplate in solitude. Others look to the scriptures: the more you get to know them, the more you know God. Or maybe it’s through discussion with other believers: iron sharpens iron after all. In Ephesians, however, Paul points to another concept. 

When we accept the grace of Jesus in repentance and welcome him as our personal Saviour and Lord, the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Pentecost is about the coming of the Holy Spirit into believers’ lives, and that outpouring continues as people come to faith. Paul wants more people in Ephesus to accept Jesus so that they may receive the Spirit, whom he calls “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation”. Why? The reason Paul gives is so that they “may know him better”. Who is the “him” in this verse? The Father? Jesus? The Spirit? Contextually the answer is God, whose salvation we acknowledge through baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). 

God knows us completely. He knows the secrets of our hearts, and he continues his journey of getting to know us as we think new thoughts and have fresh ideas. And, in order that we may know him better, he has given us his Holy Spirit, who guides us in wisdom and who reveals God to us in Jesus Christ. 

This Pentecost let the Spirit help you to get to know God better. 

Glorious God, the Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, I cannot get to know you through my own effort and wisdom. Thank you for the gift of the Spirit, through whom I can get to know you better.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  This weekend James is speaking in our Irvine and Glasgow churches. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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