“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all
things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts
of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts
of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so
that we may know the things freely given to
us by God, which things we also speak, not
in words taught by human wisdom, but in
those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual
thoughts with spiritual words.
“But a natural man does not accept the things
of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness
to him; and he cannot understand them,
because they are spiritually appraised. But he
who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he
himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE
LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.”
“The Scriptures clearly teach that the mere outward presentation of the truth in the Word, does not suffice to the conversion or sanctification of men; that the natural, or unrenewed man, does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them; that in order to any saving knowledge of the truth, i.e., of such knowledge as produces holy affections and secures a holy life, there is need of an inward supernatural teaching of the Spirit, producing what the Scriptures call “spiritual discernment.”
“…He reveals himself unto his people, as He does not unto the world. He gives them the Spirit of revelation in the knowledge of himself. (Eph. i. 17.)
“…The object of the inward teaching of the Spirit is to enable us to discern the truth and excellence of what is already objectively revealed in the Bible.
“…The inward teaching of the Spirit is to be sought by prayer, and the diligent use of the appointed means [i.e., the Bible]…
“…The effect of spiritual illumination is, that the Word dwells in us “in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. i. 9)….”
“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 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
Charles Hodge, “Mysticism,” Systematic Theology, Vol 1.
Ephesians 1:15-21: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by
Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.