“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. ” (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)
Paul, the apostle, in his first letter to the Ephesians, begins by rendering his blessings to them, and in verse 14 he describes the Holy Spirit as “a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are in God’s possession.” He proceeds with statements such as the above in thanksgiving for their faith in Jesus, and in prayer that it may grow and mature.
The special purpose of the Holy Spirit is outlined by Jesus in a promise to his disciples in John 14:15-31. In verses 16-17 he describes the Holy Spirit as “another Counselor to be with you forever … the Spirit of truth.” In verse 26, he notes — “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
Thus the terms discernment and disclosure in today’s truth could have been used for wisdom and revelation as, the Holy Spirit who acts as a spiritual attendant and teacher in revealing and helping us understand the divine. In this role, he seeks to reinforce the teachings of Jesus, and to reveal (disclose) and help us know God through a stronger understanding (discernment) of His divine truths.
St. Jude affirms the importance of the Holy Spirit’s role in helping us get to know Him better through prayer in order that we may both share in the promise of eternal life, and further the ranks of the faithful.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. (Jude 1:20-23, NIV)