Wow factor is what I call the level of surprise experienced during reading Orthodox Books (especially the New Testament) when things "pop out" seemingly from no-where. It can be described, also, by finding verses "where they were not present before" or having read explanation by one or more of the fathers in regard to known verse that just smashes you skull in and leaves you somewhat light-headed by the power of the Patristic mind (read action of the Holy Spirit in that mind).
Basically, Wow factor is something that simply leaves you wondering how you were never been able to think about something certain way before, see certain verse/text/meaning and now it seems so painfully obvious.
So, please free to post your little Wow factor/s.
I will start with:
Eph 3, 10. In order that now much complicated wisdom of God might be made known, through the Church, to principalities and to the authorities in the heavens.
I went over this verse and then read the commentary of St. John Chrysostom who says:
O blessed Paul, what are thou sayest? Art thou enlightening angels and archangels and principalities and authorities? Yes! says he. For it was hid in God from all creation. And dost thou venture to say this? Yes! says he. But whence has this become manifest to the angels? Through the Church! Again he says, not simply the manifold but much complicated (ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â»ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¹ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂºÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¹ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â»ÃƒÆ’Ã…Â½Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿ÃƒÆ’Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡) wisdom of God, that is the 'mutiplied and varied'. What is this? Did not angels know it? Not at all; for if principalities knew it not, much less could angels ever have known it. What then? Did not even archangels know it? But who was to reveal it?
When we were taught it, then they were also through us!
As a heterodox, I would not even think of the possiblity that the Church, is the angel above all angels. Through her the faithfull receive salvation, but even more, the universe receives revelation. I love her.
Lord have mercy.