Insight Beyond Your own Sight: Ephesians 1:17

Ephesians 1-17










Today, in my Daily office this is the verse that I focused on for my time of Lectio Devina. As a leader, husband, father, and grandfather, I am always needing the insight that can only come from insight that is far greater than my own. The word for wisdom in this verse is the Greek word sophias. It is an old Greek word that was used to describe insight or wisdom not naturally attained.[1]


The word for revelation is from the Greek word “apokalupsis.”  It refers to something that has been veiled or hidden for a long time and then suddenly, almost instantaneously, becomes clear and visible to the mind or eye.[2]


I am on a journey of discernment for direction in the stages of ministry and leadership for my life. There are so many times that I can open the bible and look at a passage of Scripture and all of a sudden something just jumps out at me that I have never seen before.


There is no doubt that truth’s can remain hidden until God chooses to reveal them to us. Thus, this is way Paul prayed for God “to give” the Ephesians church a spirit of wisdom and revelation. The phrase “to give” comes from the didiomi which is used to express a wish or a desire.[3]


Because the Ephesian Church needed wisdom beyond their own human understanding, Paul asked God to give them “Special Insight beyond their own Sight!” Then the Apostle Paul clarifies what he meant by adding the word “revelation” One expositor has said the verse could be better translated to “give unto you a spirit of wisdom, even revelation!”[4]


Evangelicals tend to not want to deal with the idea of revelation because the concern is that historically some have created theological systems in which individuals have placed personal revelation at the same degree of divine inspiration as the Scripture. Though I am very sensitive to this and would never desire to go down a path that would elevate any of my perceived notions or understanding of Divine Truth to be placed at the same level of Inspiration of Scripture there are times that a truth jumps out at you that would lead to some specific point of obedience that one must respond too. This is what makes preaching and teaching of the Word prophetic. You can be teaching a portion of Scripture and the Holy Spirit gives unique and personal application of that Scripture to each hearer.


This verse can be translated: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you special insight – I’m talking about wisdom that is not naturally attained. This is a divine moment when the curtains are drawn back, and you are supernaturally enabled to see what you could never see by yourself …”[5]

A new tool that I have been using in my time in the Scripture is the Mirror Bible. I like the transliteration it gives to this verse because the Apostle Paul is wanting this prayer to crescendo as Doxology. It could read as follows:


“I desire that you will draw directly from the source; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory ignites the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in you in the unveiling of his Master Plan. I desire that you know by revelation what he has known about you all along.”[6]


How amazing is this that God’s glory was meant for us and it literally means “the opinion of God?”

God desires that we know what His opinion of us really is!


[1] (Renner 2003) p 39.

[2] (Renner 2003) p 39.

[3] (Rogers 1976) p 523.

[4] (Renner 2003) p 40.

[5] (Renner 2003) p 40.

[6] (Toit 2012) p 174.


Works Cited

Renner, Rick. 2003. Sparkling Gems from the Greek. Tulsa, Oaklahoma: Tean All Nations.

Rogers, Fritz Rienecker & Cleon. 1976. Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House.

Toit, Francois du. 2012. Mirror Bible. Hermanus: Mirror Word Publishing.

About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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