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A person can seek to understand Spiritual things but have the wrong motives. Look at the account of Simon the sorcerer who desired to buy spiritual knowledge for his own glory. (See Acts Chapter 8:9) The individual's ego must be laid aside. As we decrease in ourselves we can increase in Godly understanding.
Revelation and inspiration result from searching, knocking and
asking. The pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries
of God are not easy to discover. "God is a Spirit,"
says the scripture. God's divine existence is one that can only be perceived,
believed on a non-sensing level. If I say that I know God, whom you
neither know nor see, you can only judge my assertions on the basis
of my personal credibility. Some spokespersons for God are more credible
than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence
of God as a theory or concept but sought to prove His existence by supernatural
proofs. These proofs demonstrated His reality through the Power of
God. (1Corinthians 2). So, we are faced with the challenge of proving
to a materialistic, non-believing world that God is real and has a part
in the day-to-day affairs of this world. It is a very great mystery
that God calls us to have fellowship with Him. It is God who
equips us to grow and eventually minister
through His Spirit. It is God who preserves and keeps us blameless,
until his coming when he will gather his called-out people unto himself.
So you see, the Christian life is very little about our performance
or goodness. The gift of God prevails throughout the life of a believer.
knocking, and asking are
the first steps to knowing God and His mysteries. What is your sincere
motivation? God knows your heart. In the beginning, your heart must
be humble and sincere. It is then that revelation and inspiration follow.
We find no shortage of so-called enlightened persons claiming to hold
the key to spiritual wisdom. Those who would find the truth and to enter
into God's kingdom, must knock at the right door. Every religion and
cult claims to be this door. Today. I can declare with certainty, that
this door IS found in only one place only, The Holy Bible. The Bible
is not as some would describe it, an antique, out-dated document. The
Bible has proven itself to be reliable. It holds a perfect record having
hundreds of prophecies recorded on its pages that have come to pass.
There is another factor to secure understanding; to acknowledge the
Spirit of the Most High God, for He is The Spirit of Truth who proceeds
from the one true God and reveals the Truth and Understanding that was
in Jesus the Messiah. God, the Eternal One, is revealed by Jesus Christ.
The pathway that leads a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries
of God is only through Yeshua, (Jesus the Messiah) and him only. Religions
and Religious organizations mostly mask themselves as Christian. They
frequently will present their own institution as the only true way.
Such institutions tend to lead a seeker into dogma and deception.
know that the original apostles after the resurrection of Jesus, did
not so much debate the existence of God as a philosophical notion or
intellectual theory but demonstrated God's existence by supernatural
attestations. They demonstrated the Power of God. (Read Paul's letter
to Corinthians Chapter1 and 2). Yet many Christian apologists continue
to strive to persuade a materialistic, non believing world based upon
arguments, logic or intellectual proofs.
First let me preface this topic by stating the principle that persons without the Spirit do not, can not, know God. They are wearing the spiritual blinders common to all humanity. However persons in this condition are totally unaware of this fact. Granted there are many fine people, of noble character and moral sensability who are yet "unredeemed." The first step to progressive revelation is to be born of God. This is a God-wrought transformation that allows them to be partakers of heavenly things and to partake of the Messiah's (Christ's) divine nature. After being spiritually renewed, they can read the word of God (scripture) with a passion, and derive understanding from it. Prior to this time there understanding of Scipture was only superficial. It was sealed to them. Their eyes have a veil of blindness removed through Christ.
There are some who will disagree with the
concept of progressive revelation.
Religions and those with "natural thinking" wish to see the
mysteries of God (essential but mostly hidden truths) codified and made
concrete to pass down to future generations. These understandings which
we call "doctrines" of faith can vary considerably as to an
interpretation of any particular scripture passage. The response from
the doctrinal watchdogs say these have been the
teachings of the fathers and we stand
upon our doctrines. These doctrines of course, represent the codified
view of that sect whether they be Catholic, Protestant, or the sub sects
of Protestantism and even non Christian sects.
This makes the Bible unique. Not only does the information found in it prove valid but it has the power to reveal "heavenly things"- truth on a level beyond the factual or informational level. There are then two levels which experienced by those who read Scripture, informational and revelational. Believers who are Spiritually reborn, empowered by the Holy Spirit Baptism are illumined by "The Rhema Word." Rhema refers to the proceeding voice of God which enlivens the Scripture and makes it speak to the present needs of any reader. The Spirit brings life and understanding. "The letter of the Scripture, Jesus said, kills." There are many who believe the Bible is mostly a fable or make believe. They have not yet received the necessary key to wisdom, belief and faith. With these we know that the stories of God's wonders in day of old are more than fables, they are assuredly true.
gave this testimony about knowing God. " - I know Him, I am from
Him, He sent me. -" (John 7:19.) Yet, not everyone is, persuaded
by these words to know Jesus as the sent one. There are also many today
remain unpersuaded that Yeshua is the one mediator between God and Man
and who truly speaks for God. (1Timothy2:5)
parables taught by Yeshua (Jesus) had
within them revelations of truth on multiple levels; plain story-level
truth and higher spiritual levels. There is and always has been the
matter of hidden truth or 'hidden manna.' To Christ's disciples it was
given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God while others received
no more than a moral homily. Why is it that God reveals himself to some
and not to others? (See Matthew 13:13-14 and Luke 8:10)
The unbeliever must set aside unbelief before he/she can make the first step of faith. (Hebrews 11 - - if anyone would come to God they must first believe that He is, and rewards those who seek Him. -paraphrased)Thus the key to unpacking and deciphering the Word of God can not be achieved entirely by academic skills and study alone. If that were true only the bookish could know God. The Divine Spirit, Ruach ha kadesh, in Hebrew called in King James vernacular the Holy Ghost, is the one and only way to achieve valid revelations of God. The Spirit of God always reveals and glorifies Jesus. See John 16:15 - - All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you." There are of course mystics from other relgions and cultures who receive spiritual revelations but these are of another spirit and do not conform to biblical truth. The Holy Spirit can truly be called the Spirit of Jesus as he is called in Acts 16:7, Phillipians 1:19.
is my desire that this writing be a testimony by which you may believe
and then receive at least a glimpse into some of these mysteries and
from there begin to enter a deeper realm of understanding. The insights
Most of what I share was not learned from Christian church experience
before I knew God. They were drawn from my own studies and experience.
Please understand I find that these studies conform to the entirety
of Scripture. If it did not it would be of no value!
following chapters deal with the subject of Mysteries. You will find
that the topics will appear initially to seem familiar; such as those
frequently addressed in a sermon or a Bible study. But although the
topics sound familiar, I believe there are deeper, more profound revelations
to be revealed. These topics follow no hierarchy of order. Nor will
I suggest that my thoughts on these topics are more than a glimmer of
light upon yet deeper understanding. I can do little more than
introduce the topics of God's mysteries. There are multiple mysteries
throughout the Bible. These represent but a few. More remain to be explored
Many teachers and religious authorities have provided us with their best understandings in Christian commentaries. Some commentaries date from historic writers others more contemporary. Those who write commentaries are usually considered "theologians" and they tend to be men of letters. When we read commentaries from any teacher, expert, or authority, we tend to assume that these stand as dependable and represent fact and accuracy. But in reality, there is an alarming amount of disagreement among scholars, experts and denominational doctrine. There are other spiritual sources drawn from occultism, New Age teaching or religions of the world. Those who are caught up in these other religions and cults may never moved to study Biblical sources at all.
Bible commentaries should never be regarded as absolute or difinitive. It is up to anyone to search out these matters with diligence always going to the Bible for the answer. Precepts grow with each believer who diligently studies the Bible and trusts it as the word of truth. It is a process that may take years. The Holy Spirit presents nuggets of understanding as we read and reread the text. Illumined insights may well be God speaking to us in the Rhema word of God. But remember the whole of scripture must bear record to it. Every important Bible truth is recorded with multiple witnesses throughout the pages. This proceeding voice of understanding is the supernatural witness which speaks to us from the Word of G-d. It is this voice that builds understanding and edifies the Body of Christ (those called to believe in him) with deeper understanding. We must understand that the divine author of the Bible knows Truth in its fullness. Many mysteries and questions are not always answered or understood and remain hidden for a season only to come to light later on. The greater part of the wisdom of God will only be fully grasped when we meet the Lord face to face in that time of perfection after we have left this world. There are mysteries and mysteries within mysteries only to be revealed in the fullness of time. Revelation on a personal level is certainly progressive and ever deepening. Some Biblical mysteries are "sealed" only to be revealed by God's Holy Spirit in God's time. Anyone can speculate on any of hundreds of questions but the result for now remains only speculation. Matters that are never discussed in the Bible must be considered of less importance than that which is described and especially when it is mentioned repeatedly.
Contrary to what some may assert, not all the knowledge or answers (facts) are revealed. God has a set time prophetically, to complete his plan for The Church, for Israel and for the world. Some matters are not meant to be revealed until the end of the age! As God said to Daniel and to John in the book of Revelation, "go your way, these matters are to be 'sealed up," or these are to be revealed in a time yet to come. It is clear in reading prophetic writings that God has withheld (sealed from understanding) certain matters because it is not yet His time to make them known. The mystery of the 'Church Age' was mostly hidden to all Old Testament prophets although they were given hints that the day would come when the nations, or the gentiles would become become partakers of the inheritence of Israel's blessings. The full revelation remained a secret until it was revealed to Paul by through the resurrected Jesus. Details concerning the resurrection were not known until after the apostolic age nor was there any understanding of the first and second advent. The Messiah was to suffer and sprinkle many with his blood but the rabbis did not discern this in Jesus' day. Certain matters dealing with the end of the age are only now be unsealed from Daniel. John who, writing around 90 a.d., recorded his divine vision, The Revelation, was told in Revelation Chapter 10 that the things which the seventh thunder uttered were reserved to be prophesied at a future time.
OF HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS REVELATION
to Bible Mysteries
some this Grace appears absent for many who pick up the Scriptures to
read casually, it is made available to those who ask for it sincerely
in faith. It would be presumptuous, however, to assume that we are automatically
entitled to it. It is equally presumptuous to assume we may understand
or comprehend the mystery of the Word with only the natural mind. Again
the apostle Paul reminds us, "the letter kills, but the Spirit
is an introduction to essential
"Knowledge makes arrogant, love edifies."