Jeremy Sarber

God gives us purpose through spiritual revelation

Beyond even forgiveness, Paul says God has also given us all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will (Eph 1:8). Wisdom is a word that emphasizes our understanding of the most vital spiritual things such as God, righteousness, sin, heaven, hell, and so on. Insight emphasizes our understanding of practical things. God gives what we need for everyday living.

God doesn’t redeem us only to leave us wandering aimlessly through this world. Instead, he brings us into his confidence. He shares with us his will. He equips us to understand him and what is pleasing to him. He gives us his word, of course, but there’s even more to it than that.

To the Corinthians, Paul wrote:

We do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:6-7, 12)

At the end of the chapter, he makes this astounding declaration: We have the mind of Christ (1Co 2:16). God is not dropping leaflets from the sky with mere tidbits of truth printed on them. By his Spirit, he is bringing us into a shared wisdom with Christ. He is opening our eyes to a world we never saw before. He is giving us spiritual insight to see life for what it is and even the ability to see beyond this life.

People all around us are searching for meaning and purpose. Many of them think that they’ve found it in relationships, experiences, jobs, money, or possessions. But it’s not long before they feel dissatisfied once again and the search continues.

Those who are united with Christ, however, don’t have the same fundamental problem. By God’s grace, we see the bigger picture. We understand our purpose. We have direction and objectives. Though we may have never thought about it this way, we have those things because God has redeemed us. We have redemption according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will (Eph 1:7-9).

If you find yourself thinking, I’m not so sure that God has given me the degree of wisdom that you’re talking about, consider James 1:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)

All you have to do is ask. Again, the redeemed have already been given every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3). At the very least, the believer has access to all things that pertain to life and godliness (1Pe 1:3). But you must ask God in faith. After all, if you don’t believe God can answer your prayers, why bother praying?