What is “That” there for?

Ephesians 1:16 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:

Can we all admit that growth takes time, and we learn more after we think we know it all. Periods of my life happened when pride blinded me from real understanding. I’m sure that’s true with you too, because this blog is for human consumption. Most humans inherently error with the same mistakes. Otherwise, why would God warn us about pride so much. The angels even faltered with that one. That is why God made it easy to humble ourselves. It is literally one thought away. All learning starts with a that decision of purpose. Yesterday we learned that Paul was praying for his students. This verse as a continuation is saying whyhe prays for them.

“That” means “the purpose being”. Paul is saying, for everything that went before this is why I do it. God will give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him. WOW! This is the litmus test for teachers, leaders, and pastors. Examine your motives. Why are you teaching the Word? Why are you pouring your heart out? Why are you standing strong for others? I hope it’s so they can stand strong! They stand when they have wisdom, knowledge and the revelation of God in Christ! This is incredible! Paul set the standard. And if you are a student who comes away from a leader, teacher or pastor not feeling empowered with wisdom and knowledge, well…I didn’t write the book. Leaders should push you to stand on your own two feet and to believe God bigger, not reinforce a dependency on them or their organization. That leader should hear good things about your walk from GOD and others when they leave.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.


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