It is the Glory of Kings to Search out a Matter.
The natural man (or woman) can not receive anything from G-d. The things of G-d are of a Spiritual dimension. Yet when a person, "whomever will" seeks G-d with humility of heart and believes that the Almighty is there ready and eager to reward that seeker.
(1 Corinthians 2:14) (Hebrews 11:6)
"But 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. Tools specific to 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
Revelation, inspiration, searching, knocking, asking;are all pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God. "God is a Spirit," says the scripture. His 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 spokes persons for God or more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence of God as a theory or concept but to prove His existence by supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians 2). So we have the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day affairs of this world and its occupants. It is a very great mystery that it is G-d who calls us to have fellowship with Him. It is G-d who equips us to grow and minister through Him. It is G-d who preserves and keeps us until his coming to gather his called out people unto himself. So you see, that it is very little about our performance or goodness. The gift of G-d prevails throughout the life of a believer.
Knowing about God is not the same as knowing God. God is a spirit. All heavenly things including knowledge and power are matters which are of the heavenly kind of substance. These can be likened to earthly things in some ways in metaphor or typology but only the Spirit can reveal Godly things to the spirit of a man (person.)
Revelation, inspiration, searching, knocking, asking; are all pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God. "God is a Spirit," says the scripture. His divine existence is one that can only be perceived, believed on a non-sensing, non intellectual 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 spokes- persons for God or more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence of God as a theory or philosophical concept as to prove His existence by supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians 2). So we are faced with the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day affairs of this world and its occupants.
God has called us unto a life of Spiritual realities and experience.
The new creation is Spirit formed and is designed to give us access to the realm of the heavens. All (every) good and precious perfect gifts come from the Father from heaven. (James 1:7) These gifts begin with the gift of a new spirit born (RE-generated) from the power of the Almighty through Christ Jesus, the Messiah. The person who is walking in the most promises of God, manifesting the highest levels of Christian life and grace, are they who have RECEIVED the most from God. Remember Grace is a mystery in itself that deals precisely with matters of receiving things from Heaven that are prepared to be given to the believer. Grace begins with the new creation which makes us sons and daughters of God and procedes to include all matters of Spiritual gifts as described in 1 Corinthians 12. The life of Godliness (Experiencing God) involves having fellowship with our heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit. As long as we know in part, see in part and prophecy in part; as long as the perfect has not yet come (the millenium with Jesus Christ's having returned to rule of the nations of a renewed and regenerated earth, We will still be subject to the Grace(s) or enablements of the Holy Spirit).
The second act of Grace is the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Many argue that we receive the Holy Spirit at salvation. But the investigation of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles reveals that it is an event subsequent to receiving the word or salvation. The fullness of the Spirit is a matter requiring continuous replenishment. No one can receive enough Grace to last us for indefinite periods of time. Further, I believe it may be noted that the epistles of the apostles are in a sense, guidance to the believer pertaining to knowing the differentiation between the soulish and Spiritual. Knowledge is soulish; wisdom and understanding is Spiritual. The natural man (soulish man) receives nothing from God for they are Spiritual discerned. They are foreign and foolish to him. (1 Corinthians Chaps. 1 and 2.
God is a God of mysteries and hidden things. The parables taught by Jeshua (Jesus) had within them truth at varying levels, plain story-level truth and higher spiritual level revelation. There is and always was that matter of hidden truth. 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. God reveals himself to some and not to others. Heaven and its mysteries are not laid bare for any to intrude upon as there are defining limits between darkness and heavenly light. The Bible truths and hidden mysteries are not delineated as point by point, topic by topic facts even doctrinal realities. Thus the key to unpacking and deciphering the Word of God can not be achieved strictly by academic skills and study alone. Without the Holy Spirit who has been given to act as is the teacher and discipler into truth we are limited pretty much to the moral homily level of the listener.
We grow in the knowledge of truth through study of the Word of God. We are given understanding in the light of Jeshua (Jesus) in a line by line, precept upon precept, revelation and understanding that Jesus is the Word of God, Itself the greatest mystery. For when the Scripture is made known in its completeness we shall See Him as He IS.
Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter, answers and says, "You are the Messiah, the son of the Living God." Jesus then tells Peter, "- - - Flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. This is an example of how we receive knowledge of hidden things, Mysteries revealed by God
1Corinthians 2:0 - -"Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love him. 10: But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11. For man knows the things of a man, save the sprit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God, know man knows, but the Spirit of God.
MYSTERIES OF GOD
Spiritual Secrets Revealed in Scripture
RECEIVING FROM GOD
Receiving Spiritual Gifts
"Not as the world gives do I give unto you.-"
What the Father imparts
Reading-- James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
Father's Mode of Impartation
The First Impartation
As we grow as disciples, we change in our focus from self-ward to others-ward. During the baby Christian stage we have some Spiritual experiences but tend to place them in a personal or self centered perspective. Later with growth we become aware that we have come not to be ministered to but to minister. (The son of man came not to be ministered to but to minister. Matthew 20:28 & Mark 10:45) The uniqueness of every believer is necessary because of our background experiences, our special sphere of influence, and our giftings which God fully intends to use to minister to others.
Purpose of receiving or Impartation is Ministry"Heal the sick, cleanse
the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received,
freely give." (Matthew 10:8)
Impartations Are Given In the Name of Jesus Christ
"Knowledge makes arrogant, love edifies."