In the verse before my last post, Paul prays for the Ephesians specifically asking for two things: WISDOM and REVELATION.
“…may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Eph 1:17)
Wisdom here is a quasi-independent entity to which God has access. It has its own reality, although it lies beyond the scope of human inquiry. Kittel points out in his Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, “Wisdom frees us from earthly desire. It is the sphere of the royal way to the sacred lógos, i.e., to God. It is itself the way or guide, mediating revelation. It is the divine consort by which one may achieve direct proximity to God. Union with wisdom corresponds to God’s union with wisdom. The wise, then, enter into union with God.” It appears from this explanation of wisdom that the way to aquire more wisdom is to simply be with God, to enter into His ongoing community as Father, Son and Spirit. We are at all times being invited into that community, in fact, we are always present as part of that divine communion, but DO WE KNOW IT?
“Wisdom is not just ‘’head’’ knowledge but knowledge that has sifted down into the heart and which affects daily life. Wisdom is the know-how to apply the revealed spiritual truths to one’s daily life.” (http://www.preceptaustin.org/ephesians_115-17.htm) There has to be a shift in the internal man (woman) in order for “knowing” to become wisdom. In once sense, wisdom is applied knowledge. Kittel mentiones later in his same book, “God has revealed himself only in the folly of the cross, which is “wiser” than men (1:25). Christ lives only by the power of God, and similarly believers have no wisdom of their own, but are wise only as they become fools and look to Christ alone for their power.” The prayer of Paul is vs 17, really, is that the knowledge of God would be believed and lived out. The knowledge, in this context, that the power of God lives in us. If this truth moves from the head to the heart, we cannot help but become WISE!