“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 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: The wyes 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” – Ephesians 1:16-18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowledge is the greatest need of the believer..
Christianity becomes an adventure when the knowledge of what Christ accomplished in his death, burial and resurrection which made salvation available is well comprehended by believers. Christianity does not just stop at salvation, there is need to fully understand what salvation in Christ is all about. It is an understanding of your salvation in Christ that unfolds to you your realities and in it with the ability to maximize your realities and walk in the knowledge of what Christ has done for you and done in you.
Christianity becomes an adventure of joy when the believer is not ignorant of his identity in Christ. No wonder Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians’ church was a prayer for knowledge. The question is what kind of knowledge? The word “knowledge” as used by Paul in Ephesians 1:17 was translated from the Greek word “epignosis”. The word “epignosis” implies precise, comprehensive, exact, accurate knowledge or understanding. The next question is the exact and precise knowledge of what? The answer is the knowledge of Christ; hence, Paul’s words “…the knowledge of him”.
The knowledge required of the believer to have in its comprehensiveness, exactness and precise form is the knowledge of Christ. This tells us why in the epistles, Paul consistently prayed for knowledge as touching the believers; thus, we can deduce that the believers’ greatest need after salvation is knowledge (the knowledge of Christ). Knowledge is so critical in the believer’s life because your Christian walk is as effective as the knowledge of Christ you have. Thus, the knowledge of the believer is a necessity; it is not a suggestion; neither is it an opinion nor a wish; it is the believer’s greatest need. No wonder Paul in his letter to a fellow minister of the gospel by the name Timothy emphasizes this, “Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1Timothy 2:5). So, it is not just enough to be saved, there is need to come to the knowledge of the truth.
INSTRUCTION: Go for knowledge.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that knowledge is my portion and I maximize all of my realities in you, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The knowledge of Christ is the key.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1