CALL TO OBEDIENCE #320
Reimar A.C. Schultze
"On Wisdom and Revelation"
by Pastor Reimar A. C. Schultze
One of the greatest prayers of the apostle Paul begins with these words: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:17). Paul wanted Christians to have both wisdom and revelation from Jesus. These gifts are essential for life and godliness. They do not come from this world, nor can you find them within yourself. They are not associated with intelligence or acquired through higher education. They are heaven-born and heaven-given to all those who sincerely ask for them (James 1:5).
Do we have these gifts? If not, our Christian life is as dead as stones. Without wisdom and revelation, we pray without praying; we sing without singing; we worship without worshipping. We are spiritually deprived, like a fish without water, an eagle without sky, or a farmer without land. Our hearts will be dull, and our souls famished. Paul said in the next verse that the purpose of these gifts is “the eyes of your understanding [heart] 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” (Eph. 1:18). Without divine wisdom and revelation there is no enlightenment of heart, no true soul knowledge nor understanding of our calling in Christ. Without them, we will not know the riches of His glory and power, and we will not sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. Does this take your breath a little? Are you living in and by divine wisdom and revelation? You should! If you are not, then you’re in ICU (Intensive Care), spiritually speaking, artificially kept alive by religious habits, rituals, sacraments, and admonitions to “cheer up!”
Christianity is supernatural. It only operates by supernatural means. Every Christian is to live by divine wisdom and by revelation. Only by revelation could Peter know that Jesus was the Christ (Matt. 16:17). We can only know God and worship Him through wisdom and revelation in the spirit (John 4:23). We cannot know God’s will any other way. And we cannot follow God except by divine wisdom and revelation. Jesus said, ‘my sheep hear my voice and…. they follow me (John 10:27).
We need wisdom and revelation for our fellowship with Jesus and for the practical issues of our daily lives. God gave Paul wisdom and revelation for church doctrine but also to direct his daily affairs. In Galatians 2:2 Paul went to
Again, the spirit of wisdom and revelation is part of our inheritance so that we might walk with God, fulfilling His pre-ordained plans for us (Ephesians 2:10). Human wisdom may tell us to get our firewood from the north side of town where it is cheaper, but revelation may tell us to get it from the south side of town where it’s more expensive because there is a man there who is ready to meet God. Are you hearing me? Are you going by human wisdom or by divine revelation? Where you buy the firewood is part of your inheritance. Jesus went to
Do not rely on the wisdom of the earth. James said that it is earthly, sensual, devilish (demoniacal) (James 3:15). Man, by his wisdom, crucified Jesus, and human wisdom will crucify everything God has for you. I mean everything. Human wisdom may look good for a while, but eventually this wisdom is revealed to be foolish, earthly, sensual, and devilish.
Consider the parable of the rich man who built bigger and bigger barns (Luke 12:16-21). Oh, how wise he appeared to be about finances! Oh, how he knew the market! He could beat the competition, he could relate to people! How he was admired - perhaps he was honored by the ‘Better Business Bureau’, or asked to teach a class at the local university. Young people flocked to him and sought his advice on getting to the top. Yet he was a fool! He did not realize that God held his destiny in His hands and would determine the hour of his death and call him to Judgment. Jesus called him a fool. Many in the Halls of Fame for sports, business, and entertainment are fools. Like the fool in the parable they have built their lives around themselves and not around God. Their wisdom was earthly, sensual, and demoniacal.
We need divine wisdom and revelation - we need both equally. Revelation tells us what to do or where to go, but wisdom tells us how to get the full harvest from the revelation. When I was a sophomore at the university, the Lord told me not to date. He showed me that dating was sensual, selfish, inconsiderate and dangerous. He told me that I should have my wife by revelation. He said He would tell me when I found the one meant for me. He told me to stay out of this decision. I said, “Yes, Lord, You make the choice!” If I made the choice, I would have the wrong wife all of my life, and the woman God wanted for me would have the wrong husband or be deprived of marriage all of her life. There would have been repercussions on both of us and on our children from generation to generation. When I was 24, I attended a Bible conference, and I saw a young lady from
But just as I needed a revelation to find my wife, once we were married I needed the spirit of wisdom to preserve what the revelation had given me. My wife was born in peaceful
The way to get this wisdom from God is to go to the cross. That is the only way the natural man can become a supernatural man: to die to himself. Divine wisdom always leads to the cross, to self-denial. If we don’t take up the cross and remain on it we bring every revelation of God to naught. Over 600,000 Israelite men received the revelation of
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Paul prayed for us to have the spirit of divine revelation and wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5) Brother, sister, get your heart right and pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation and receive the inheritance He has for you.