INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE
Leslie M. John
The Lord desires that we may not remain in the status of babes in Christ our entire life, but increase in the knowledge of God. It is necessary that we make endeavors to possess the attributes of Lord to have fullness of God, which is to refresh in His knowledge and allow Him to occupy our hearts fully.
While making such endeavors it is imperative that we know that God will not share His glory to anyone. God’s incommunicable attributes such as “self-existence”, “self-sufficient”, “immutability” cannot be shared by us and we cannot become equal with God at any time. We have the privilege of sharing His communicable attributes such as “Spirituality”, “individuality”, “knowledge”, “wisdom”, “truthfulness”.
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14)
In order to understand Paul’s usage of the word “inner man” in Ephesians 3:14-21, it is imperative that we know how the words and phrases, such as “flesh”, “fleshly desires”, “inner man”, “carnal”, are used in the Scriptures. Everyone has outer body and inner man. The usage of the word “flesh” in Scriptures does not necessarily refer to “sin”, but it denotes the body as distinguished from the soul. The following examples will give us the answer that Spirit is different from the body.
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:3)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)
The phrase “fleshly desires” point to the desires of the flesh leading to sin as a result of evil that comes from the heart. The word “carnal” denotes the corporeal appetites, and corrupt nature of the body as a whole, and fulfilment of fleshly desires leading to sin.
When John wrote “…the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” he meant that the Word was made to be a living body and the body in reference was of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture says: “… (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”, and “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (cf. John 1:29; John 1:36)
Paul in his doxology exalts in sublime words that the Lord is able to give us exceedingly and abundantly all that we ask in the Lord’s name according to His purposes, and according to the power of Holy Spirt who is at work in us. Unto the Lord is glory in the Church, and in Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (cf. Eph. 3:20-21)
It also helps us to recollect how David praised the LORD in Psalm chapter 148, which is full of praises and advices that the entire creation should praise the Him
PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD
“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away” (Psalm 148:1-6 ESV)