Saturday, March 8, 2014

Deeper Truths

But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: 
for the Spirit searches all things, 

yes, the deep things of God. 
1 Corinthians 2:10

Many would say that it's difficult to understand the Bible? 
Have you ever wondered why it is difficult?

Deeper Truths are a primary reason. 
They are often Paradox Principles. 

The deeper truths of God become known to us primarily by the power and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Some are easy for most of us to understand; such as loving others, and encouraging one another. But Deeper Truths are quite often contrary to our feelings, desires, pride, lust, and human logic. And they are also quite often contrary to the teachings of men. 

Therefore they are viewed as foolishness to those who reject the word of God.

I believe one other key answer to this question is quite simple. Most people do not want to know God’s Truth. Knowing might mean that they must now do something that they do not want to do.

It is no wonder that understanding the Bible is difficult for most everyone including Christians. There are a number of reasons. The Bible is not just another religious book; but … most people attempt to read the Bible in the same way they would read any other book. The Bible was written by more than 40 different men over a period of thousands of years. They were inspired by God who is actually speaking to all of mankind through these men.

There is one central theme throughout the Bible and that is: “God loves us and wants for us to follow Him and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. He calls us to know Him and trust Him.”  Not only do the writings of these men NOT contradict one another; but in reality they confirm one another. If these men were not inspired … the miraculous continuity and inerrancy of the Bible and its teachings would be impossible.

Well God has given us a solution to this challenge that provides wisdom and understanding beyond what we could ever hope for. The Bible is filled with hundreds of absolute statements which use words such as: all, forever, always, never and eternity.  These absolute statements, give us absolute truths which are the foundation of our faith and belief system. And they are used by God to test the measure of our faith. They are brought to mind by the leading of the Holy Spirit, and are sometimes referred to as Deeper Truths.

The temptation is always to trust in our feelings, experiences, human logic, and the teachings of the wise men of the world. After all, this is how we have been trained. But God’s Word is clear. Following the teachings of men is foolishness to God and will lead us away from Him and His eternal Truth. 
1 Corinthians 3:18-23

Paul refers to these truths above as: “the deep things of God.” So how can we hope to understand these deep things of God and how they apply to our life now and throughout eternity?

Jesus has promised that as His people, we can know and understand the deep things of God. And that when we believe in Him, He will send the Holy Spirit who will abide in our hearts and minds and guide us in understanding these eternal truths and how they apply to our daily lives.

“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.”  … "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:15-26

Now this is an amazing promise.  The Omniscient all-knowing Creator Savior God, the Holy Spirit will be in us and will teach us all things. Believing in Jesus Christ; and loving others and keeping His Commandments, are the only conditions to receiving the Holy Spirit as our indwelling ever present teacher. But we must all do our part as well. Unfortunately, it is clear that many Christians either do not believe this miraculous promise; or they have chosen not to seek the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit through devotion, study, meditation, and prayer upon God’s eternal Truths ... for wisdom, understanding, and guidance.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the … elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace, be multiplied. 1Peter 1:1-2

Let’s think about (foreknowledge) for a moment … God knows all things past, present and future. 

Knowing the future or having foreknowledge is limited to the Creator and God of all things. He knows a baby in the womb at conception and all the days of its life. He knows our future thoughts. He knows in advance all things that we will and will not do; and all things that will happen at any moment throughout eternity. Can you comprehend what this means, and what an incredible miraculous statement this is? 

Who can know all things in the future … Only God the Creator? 

So now Jesus is telling us that God the Holy Spirit will come live inside of us and teach us all things. We are told to be strong and courageous, to obey God’s Truths, to meditate on them, and to teach them to our children day and night, and to not be discouraged or afraid. God promises to teach us, guide us, and deliver us … and that He will be with us and protect us wherever we go. Joshua 1:7-9

Does this mean God will allow me to know where the stock market is headed moment by moment for a day or a year ... or the future winning numbers to buy on that hundred million dollar lottery ticket? 

He could, but I doubt He would. Why not, you ask? He knows where the knowing of those things would surely lead us. But now let’s be more clear, God has many much more important things to teach us. Although winning the lottery and knowing the stock prices would be fun from a human point of view … these are temporal questions. God has promised to teach us much more important eternal Truths.

Let’s recap. What do we need to do in order for God to teach us these Deeper Truths?

  1. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
  2. Obey God and allow the love of Christ to guide you and control you, moment by moment, living your life for Jesus who died and rose again on your behalf.
  3. Pray for the Holy Spirit to teach you His Truth and to guide you in fulfilling God’s will and purpose for your life.
  4. Meditate on the Word of God. This means to look to the Holy Spirit for guidance rather than men. To meditate means to look deeply, Memorize, study, cross reference and then ... be silent and wait until he reveals and leads. Faithfully listen for God’s direction … waiting for the presence, leading, and teaching of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Believe everything he makes clear to us.
  6. Be thankful to God in all things.

 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

God bless you my friends, Bob

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