In the Christian life, the most important thing is spiritual knowledge or revelation (Eph.1:15-19, 3:14-19). Spiritual revelation is the knowledge that the Holy Spirit reveals to our spirit. It is not the discovery of something new or previously unheard; on the contrary, there is nothing new. God has completed the account of his revelation and he will add nothing to it. When God’s light shines through our spirit there is revelation.
Spiritual revelation is the knowledge we receive through our spirit independently of the mind, which we may already know in our mind. It is simply the ability to see from God’s point of view, as God sees. (1Cor. 2:11-12; 2Cor. 3:6; 4:6; 5:16; John 20:11-16; Luke 24:13-16; 30-31.)
Spiritual revelation is not seeing something that no one has ever seen before, but it is seeing the same things in the light of the Holy Spirit. It is when the words in the Bible ‘jump out’ before our eyes and what we already knew in our minds takes on a new dimension, intensity and reality. You already knew that you were the temple of the Holy Spirit, but after revelation comes, everything is different and a new attitude of holiness springs up inside of you; after all, now you know that someone completely holy lives in you.
Spiritual revelation first occurs in our spirit. The Holy Spirit sends the truth to our spirit, and from the spirit, it moves to our mind. The mind alone, without the illumination of the spirit cannot receive God’s revelation.
There is a great difference between mental and spiritual knowledge. How can so many people understand the Word of God and yet not be transformed? Because the natural man does not understand the things of God’s Spirit since he must discern these things spiritually, through revelation. It is one thing to possess natural (carnal) knowledge but quite another to possess spiritual knowledge which can only be obtained through revelation. Paul said that he formerly knew Jesus in the flesh, but later got to know him through the Spirit.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. (2Cor. 5.16)
Paul’s biggest desire was for Christians to have God’s revelation. If we take a closer look at his prayers in the epistles, we will see that he had one goal: spiritual revelation (Eph. 1:15-19; 3:14-19; Phil. 1:9; Col. 1:9-12).
Paul knew that the power of the Word transforms people when they have revelation. Faith will spontaneously manifest itself and God’s life and anointing will overflow through the lives of those who have revelation.
Wherever God’s revelation is present, there is growth, discipleship, Christian maturity, missions and new leaders. Everything else is only a consequence of having our lives impacted by the light of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making 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, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (Eph. 1:15-19).
As God opens our spiritual eyes and we understand the dimension of his power inside of us, there is an explosion of power and authority in our lives. This present generation will discover the authority of the supreme greatness of God’s power that operates inside us. It is of no use to have mere mental knowledge; we need to have revelation in the spirit.
For this reason I bow my knees […] that you may be able to comprehend […] what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:14-19)
The Bible says that the love of God exceeds all knowledge. That is why Paul prays for revelation, because the mind itself cannot understand. Paul wanted the Christians to have a revelation of God’s love in order to know all the fullness of God. We are filled with God’s fullness when our eyes are opened and we clearly understand His love. Many of us ask for power, but this power is already inside of us. The Holy Spirit is the dunamis of God; it is the power of God now living inside of us, waiting for us to release it through faith. When spiritual revelation comes, faith will release the power of God in the person of the Holy Spirit that dwells in us.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:9-11)
Paul spoke of something spiritual and not a mental perception. The Christian life does not consist of the accumulation of mental knowledge, but of advancing into new levels of revelation in the spirit.
For this reason we […] do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge […] in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; […] that you may walk worthy of the Lord. (Col. 1:9-10)
Once again, Paul prayed for Christians to overflow with revelation so that they will live a holy life. He says that a holy life is only a consequence of spiritual revelation. It is a fact that once God really lives in us, we will show Him more reverence in the manner that we use our body. If we carry a large quantity of money in our pocket, everyone will perceive the care with which we walk. If we carry the life of God inside of us, people should perceive the difference in our walk.