That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding 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 – Ephesians 1:17-18

The Spirit of wisdom refers to the operations of the Spirit of God in wisdom; the Spirit of God manifesting Himself in wisdom. Now, when it says “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,” the expression seems to suggest that the Apostle Paul was dealing with two different things: the spirit of wisdom, and the spirit of revelation; no! He’s dealing with one and the same thing; he’s looking at the Spirit of wisdom bringing you revelation—which, in Greek is “apocalupsis”; the unveiling of mysteries.

Another important word to study in that expression is the word “and.” In the Greek rendering, the word translated “and” could also be translated as “in,” “with,” or “for.” Therefore, a better rendering should actually be, “…the spirit of wisdom in revelation,” or “the spirit of wisdom for revelation,” in the exact knowledge of God. The Amplified version puts it this way: “[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him. By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light….”

This is what the Spirit of wisdom will do for you when He has His way in your life: He’ll bring you revelation—insight into mysteries and secrets. Secondly, He brings you light (photizo—Greek); He floods your path with light; He illumines your mind to have such extraordinary amplitude of comprehension. Thirdly, He brings you counsel and direction, such that life ceases to be mysterious to you.

What you need is to acknowledge that you’ve been filled with the Spirit of wisdom if you’re born again (Be born again if you aren’t yet). Even now, say, “I have the Spirit of wisdom; therefore I have insight into mysteries and secrets; I have extraordinary amplitude of comprehension to deal wisely in all my affairs. The compelling force to function at the highest level of excellence, and in the perfect will of God, is at work in me today!”


Dear Father, thank you for filling me with the Spirit of wisdom for revelation in the full and exact knowledge of God; thank you for flooding my heart with light, granting me spiritual insight into mysteries and divine secrets, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: Exodus 28:3; Deuteronomy 34:9; Isaiah 11:2