Since the cross, all spiritual giants have had one thing in common. They were in close communion with the Lord; they became lost in the glorious vastness of Christ, and they died lamenting they still knew so little of him. So it was with Paul and the disciples; with many early church fathers like Luther, Zwingli and the Puritans; with the pious English preachers; and with many godly leaders today.
Every one of these giants shared the same ruling passion: an ever-increasing revelation of Jesus Christ. They cared nothing for success, ambition or worldly fame. They prayed not for things, physical blessings, to be used or for anything of self. They prayed only for a fuller revelation of the glory and vastness of their Lord.
Satan is displaying greater power, and hell is unleashing its fury on this generation. The enemy strongholds are much more fortified, powerful and entrenched than in any past generation. Without a doubt, Satan is revealing himself to the world as never before; and he is becoming better known, less feared and more accepted.
A basic Bible knowledge of Christ will not be enough in this final war! Knowing about him is not enough. We must seek a greater revelation of the Holy Spirit. That requires spending time at his table. You get to know him only by being in his presence, sitting with him, hearing his voice and waiting on him for divine wisdom. Busy, preoccupied people seldom get to know him.
Paul was committed to an ever-increasing revelation of Jesus Christ. All he had of Christ came by revelation. He said, “By revelation he made known to me the mystery” (Ephesians 3:3 NKJV). The Holy Spirit knew the deep and hidden secrets of God, and Paul prayed constantly for the gift of grace to understand and preach “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8). Paul said we have access to these glorious riches in Christ. In speaking of God’s eternal purposes, he said, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in him” (Ephesians 3:12).
God is looking for believers who will seek a revelation of him that is all their own, a very deep personal intimacy that unlocks “the unsearchable riches of Christ.”