I. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of glory, gives me His Spirit of wisdom and revelation in KNOWING Him.
*Do I KNOW Him (in the fellowship in His suffering; in the POWER of His
resurrection – Phil. 3.10 – being conformable unto His death)?
*Do I have His Spirit of wisdom and revelation as a result?
HOW DO I KNOW HIM –
*the word “know” is from the Greek word “eido” – “TO SEE” or
Greek word “ginesko” – “TO BE AWARE OF, CONSCIOUS OF,
COME TO REALIZE/UNDERSTAND, PERCEIVE”
*THE PROBLEM: Acts 28.26-27 – Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
The Message puts it this way: “You’re going to listen with your ears,
but you won’t hear a word;
You’re going to stare with your eyes,
but you won’t see a thing.
These people are blockheads!
They stick their fingers in their ears
so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
so they won’t have to look,
so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
and let me heal them.”
Luke 8.10 tells us that …unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in para-
bles; that seeing they might not see and hearing they
might not understand.
*God is WORKING – whether you are aware of it or not; you
NEED to be “tuned in” to what He is doing, like in 2 Kings 6.14
when the Syrian king sent horses, chariots and a great army
surrounded the city. Elisha’s servant asked ‘what will we do?”
And Elijah answered “fear not, but those that are with US are
more than those with them.” Elisha prayed “Lord open his eyes
that he may see,” and the Lord opened his eyes and he saw the
mountain was FULL of horses, chariots and fire of God all around
Do YOU SEE what God is doing around you? Do you SEE His
hand working in your life? Are your eyes OPEN to the workings
of the supernatural Lord in your life, or do you “explain away” all
of His power?
*Do you KNOW Him? Dan. 11.32 …the people that do KNOW
their God shall be STRONG and do EXPLOITS… Ps 9.10 …they
that KNOW Thy Name will put their trust in Thee…
*If you eyes are distracted, you will not recognize Him, as
the disciples on the road to Emmaus… but then when they
walked with Him awhile and talked with Him and saw Him
THEN (Luke 24.31) …their eyes were open and they KNEW
WALK with Him, TALK with Him, pursue Him, and
(Jer 9.24) …let him that glorieth glory in this, that he under-
stands and KNOWS Me, that I am the Lord which exercise
lovingkindness, judgment & righteousness in the earth: for in
these things I delight, saith the Lord…
II. Being enlightened I may know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance, and the greatness of His power according to His power working in me.
*Do I know the hope of His calling?
*Do I know the riches of the glory of His inheritance? — WHAT have I inherited
*Do I personally know the greatness of His power according to the working of
III. The power which God showed in Christ by raising Him from the dead and setting
Him at His right hand above all and putting Him to be head over all things is OURS: the Church is to be the fullness of Him who fills ALL and is IN all.
*Do I show forth His power
~raised from death
~over all things – above all principality, power, might, dominion
~all things under my feet
Summary/subject sentence: The greatness and working of His mighty power is to fill all in all.
The AIM of this passage of Scripture is that I KNOW Him and ALLOW Him to fill me with all He died to give me… and that the overflow of KNOWING Him works EXPLOITS in the earth!