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we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which
God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:7 Which
none of the princes of this world knew: (2:7) for had they known it, they
would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1Co 2:9 ¶ But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart
of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Co
2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1Co 2:11 For what man
knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even
so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."
But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness
unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Cor. 2:14
knocking, and asking are the first steps to knowing God and His wisdom.
The motivation of your heart must be sincere and earnest. Then revelation
and inspiration will surely follow. While there are many who claim they
hold the key to divine wisdom, one must knock at the right door. Every
religion and cult claim to be this door. But I can declare with certainty
that this door IS found in The Holy Bible. The Bible is not an antique,
out-dated document. The Bible is the only document that holds a perfect
record in the prophecies recorded on its pages that have come to pass.
There is another factor to secure understanding. One must acknowledge
the Holy Spirit for He is The Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the one
true God and reveals the Spirit of 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 even some that mask themselves as Christian, will try to
present their own institution as the only true way. Such institutions
only lead a seeker into dogma and deception.
There are some who disagree with the concept of progressive revelation. Religions wish to see the essential truth of scripture all figured out, codified and made concrete for the use of future generations. These understandings become "doctrines" of faith can vary considerably as to the 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 their acknowledged view of that sect whether Catholic, Protestant, or the sub sects of Protestantism or a non Christian sect.
The Holy Spirit was introduced with the experience of "the New Creation," on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover. Jesus thus fulfilled that Jewish festival as he fulfilled the previous 3 festivals, or holy convocations held by the Jews. This was the moment of spiritual empowerment that was promised to the disciples on the occasion of the church's "commission." The disciples were not to go out to teach or testify until after this experience. This Spirit has many kinds of supernatural expressions which I write about later. One of these is the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding. Wisdom lies latent in the Word of God. (Bible) Yeshua also called the "Living Word speaks to the reader." It lies dormant until made alive by the Holy Spirit. This same Holy Spirit brings revelation and understanding, not merely "intellectual" or informational understanding.
This is what 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. Descriptions would inadequately describe these as the experience is beyond the natural. There are then two levels which experienced by those who read Scripture, informational and revelational. Believers who are Spirit born, and empowered by the Holy Spirit Baptism experience 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, faith and belief. With these we know that the stories of God's wonders in day of old are more than fables, they are assuredly true.
Jesus gave this testimony about knowing the mysteries of God. " - I know Him, I am from Him, He sent me." (John 7:19) Yet, not everyone is, persuaded by these words. There are also many today remain unpersuaded that Yeshua is the one mediator between God and Man and who truly speaks for God. I myself, have learned and understand that God is a God of mysteries and hidden things.
The parables taught by Yeshua (Jesus) had within them kernels of truth on multiple levels; plain story-level truth but also higher spiritual level revelation. 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? This is a fact but also a thorny question, as it engages the concept of divine election; those who G-d chooses.
Things Belong to the Lord
The unbeliever must set aside unbelief before he/she can make the first step of faith. Thus the key to unpacking and deciphering the Word of God can not be achieved strictly 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. 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.
At best you can receive only a glimpse and hope to enter a deeper realm of revelations through my efforts to encourage you in God. The insights I share are not that which I learned from Christian institutions but were drawn entirely from my own studies and experience. Without the Holy Spirit, the teacher and discipler of truth, one remains bound to an informational level. We are given understanding in the light of Jesus. "The entrance of his word brings light." (Psalm 119) Understanding grows a little at a time. First, a line by line approach to scripture, then eventually, precept upon precept. Precepts are the understandings of what the literal word actually says in terms of the greater wisdom of God. Jesus is 'the Word of God made flesh.' This is in Itself a profound mystery. When the Scripture (The Word of God) is made known in its completeness we shall See Him as He IS.
The following chapters deal with the subject of Mysteries. There are several topics that will appear initially to be familiar such as those addressed in a sermon or a Bible study. But though the topics sound familiar, I believe there are deeper and more profound revelations and understanding to be found. These topics are not in any 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. These are of course, just a few of the mysteries of the Bible. Many more remain to explore and mine.
When you read commentaries they are the best understanding of that scholar/teacher. We should not take the information or the interpretation of scripture as absolute fact, but only recognize it as one person's best understanding. Every commentator may be lacking in the absolute or complete revelation of that passage. It is God's purpose that many in the BODY share what the Bible has revealed to each of us. Those who do not have the Holy Spirit of Truth are most likely to lead to incorrect or apostate interpretations. Those with the Spirit of Truth may also fall into error if they stand upon only the Spiritual Gift and set aside the Sciptural texts. The Body of Christ (Those called to believe in him) are expected to grow ever deeper and deeper in their understanding. Also, remember there are mysteries; and mysteries within mysteries only to be revealed in the right time. Revelation is progressive and ever deepening as His truth is being revealed by God's Holy Spirit in God's time.
It is clear in reading prophetic writings that God has withheld certain things from us (sealed from access ) because it is not yet His time to make them known. The mystery of the 'Church Age' was hidden and latent until it was revealed to Paul by the resurrected Jesus. Details concerning the resurrection were not known until after the apostolic age. Certain matters dealing with the end of the age was sealed from Daniel. John received revelation in Revelation Chapter 10 that was not to be written until the time of the end.
Contrary to what some would assert, not all the knowledge or answers (facts) are revealed. God has a time and sequence to complete his plan are for The Church, for Israel and for the world. As God said to Daniel and to John in Revelations, go your way, these matters are to be 'sealed' and be revealed in a time yet to come.
EXAMPLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGING FORTH REVELATION
to Bible Mysteries
Though this Grace appears absent to many who pick up the Scriptures to read it is available to those who ask for it humbly 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 gives life."(2Corinthians 3:6) The Holy Spirit is He who God has sent to teach all things which are from Christ and God. As I stated, I am only one commentator, and do not pretend to be the only person who has received this understanding and doctrine for God is without partiality without 'respect of persons. ' He will reveal Himself to any who seek Him.
Judge the words and spirit of any who profess to speak of/for God. You the reader or hearer must judge these words against the Logos, the written Scripture, the whole counsel of God. Then there is the inner witness; the AMEN of God is the FAITHFUL WITNESS. The knowledge of God is free to all. But, the knowledge of God is hidden or veiled until the veil is removed by the Spirit of Christ Jesus. We who are of the faith may say, "I was once blind, but now I see" (read, John Chapter 9.)
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