- Sep 18, 2012
Brother Pegasus gave you the answer in this;God has to be met by one of these sensors in order to communicate with me, but how can I trust my sense's when they can operate as invisibly as God.
The Lord is not met with the natural senses. The Lord is met with your spiritual senses if He wants to be. To receive the things of the Spirit of God, they would be spiritually discerned and in fact, you may not even realize that it's taking place when it happens. Scripture says that His Holy Spirit will come bear witness with your spirit...which does not take place in the conscious mind. If you want it in your conscious mind, then you must go to His Word...That's how the Holy Spirit operates. So when you said this,14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
You were partially right and partially wrong. The Spirit's witness has been, for the most part written. First, we understand that all Scripture is given by "inspiration" (2 Timothy 3:16,17). That which has been written is adequate to answer all of our spiritual need for guidance, including the giving of assurance that we are right with God.A bunch of Bible verses won't cure me reba, the doctors that help me would be out of a job if they approached my illness with bible verses.
"Inspiration" is the method by which God led the writers of Scripture to record the things they did. This ensured that the things they wrote were what God intended, and was accomplished by the Holy Spirit guiding them in the things they wrote. The recorded words are from and by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13).
The things written are there by God's decree, not man's and give us everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:21,3). When we read these words, the words of the Bible, we are told that we "can understand" that which had been revealed "to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit." (Ephesians 3:4,5).
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide those who had accompanied Him "from the beginning" of His ministry (John 15:26,27). This particular promise concerning the Holy Spirit was given just to the apostles, the ones who had accompanied Him (many do not understand this, but even a quick look at verse 27 as well as the context shows this is so). It was not spoken to all disciples in general. Jesus explains this is necessary so the apostles could be taught "all things" and be led to a perfect "remembrance of all that I said to you." (John 14:26). Simply put, this means that nothing has been left out of the inspired record. "All things" necessary have been revealed and recalled to apostolic memory, and recorded for us in the pages of the New Testament. By the time of the death of John, the last surviving apostle who had been with Jesus, the inspired writings of the New Covenant were complete. Then the only remaining task was to assemble them into one book, the New Testament.
It is too bad that not everyone has faith in God's power and Jesus' promise concerning this, insisting instead that we must have some sort of extra-biblical guidance. Some say we must have modern day prophets to reveal additional truths. Others say religious leaders should occasionally update the Biblical teachings through creed making. Why is their faith in God so small? John, speaking in behalf of all the inspired apostles, said, "We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:6). It is the keeping the commandments given us by the Spirit that the Scriptures link to how we know the Spirit is in us. "And the one who keeps the commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us." (1 John 3:24).
The Spirit bears witness that we have become God's children by informing us what is involved in becoming such. If you have done what the Spirit says, then the Spirit says you are a child of God.
The Spirit tells us that we become children of God by faith. We are told this entails being baptized to put on Christ (Galatians 3:26,27). This has to be so because it is the Holy Spirit's testimony. If I, in my spirit, can say, "I have done that." then the Holy Spirit bears witness with my Spirit that I am a child of God.
But if I must say, "I have not done that" then I have the Spirit's testimony that I am not a child of God (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Colossians 2:12, etc.).
So you see, if you want to connect with and draw closer to God, you will spend time reading His Word and meditating on it (don't just read it like a book). Pray before reading His Word, for revelation and understanding in His Word. For me, many times, me reading His Word is like a prayer almost, I talk to God while reading. What's that mean, Lord?