[I make] mention of you in my prayers: 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. — Ephesians 1: 16, 17
Knowing the triune God has concrete effects in our life of faith.
Verse 17 suggests a Trinitarian structure: “God, the Father”, “our Lord Jesus Christ”, and the “spirit of wisdom and revelation”. In verses 16 and 17 Paul asks God that the congregation may recognise and know Him through the Holy Spirit. Knowledge of God is thus not a human capability or accomplishment, but rather a gift of God. The Holy Spirit is the source of wisdom and the knowledge of God. What is more, the true nature of God is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
God, who is invisible, reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We profess this in the first three Articles of Faith.
- Knowledge of the Father gives us certainty.
- Knowledge of the Son shows us that glory follows after our sufferings.
- Knowledge of the Holy Spirit allows us to absorb the sermon in faith and serves to prepare the bride of Christ.