I am baffled by the grace of God. Can it be that He has given us so much and yet we are aware of so little of it? This amazes me: you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge. (Rom 15:14) How can that be, that we are filled with all knowledge? It doesn’t seem like I know everything. In fact, I’m pretty sure that a lot of what I think I know is wrong and most of what I used to know I’ve forgotten. So how do I account for this very clear statement that I have all knowledge?
When I go before God with this question, He leads me to Phil 1:9, And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment. That tells me that getting to this abundance of knowledge is a process. It’s a process that He wants us to go through. That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. (Col 1:9) It’s not conferred upon us in a beam of enlightenment, it’s a journey to the heart of God.
The way I see it, we actually do have the capacity to understand all things when we receive the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead into our hearts. But we have a lifetime of sin and wrong attitudes that cloud our thinking. We need to do housecleaning daily. We need to let Him show us what we’ve been carrying that blocks us from deeper knowledge of God. It’s like cleaning a dirty window. Nevertheless, when one turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. (2Cor 3:16) The more we turn to Him and let Him show us what we need to let go of, the more we see and understand. Day by day, through repentance and humility, we are transformed. When we can be trusted to act on His behalf and not our own, He can unveil the deeper knowledge that’s been there all along.