*Pastor’s Note: This is one of the articles I wrote and posted in my very first forum in the mid 90s soon after my first go at a website. The forum offered a more interactive approach with members participating. I thought it might interest my readers today to read some of my first posted writings. I HAVE updated some of the Scripture references, but all in all, it is pretty much as I posted them on the forum. The pictures were added for this posting, though.
This is just something that has been on my heart and mind the last couple of days and I just wanted to share it with everyone.
1 Corinthians 2:1-14
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 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. (NKJV)
We know that the remarkable Inca culture began about 850 B.C. We also know they abandoned their cities 2,300 years later–but not why. We know they split granite blocks, hauled them up and down steep gorges to building sites miles away, and fitted them so tightly without mortar that not even a knife’s edge can be inserted between them. How they achieved these incredible engineering feats without iron tools, draft animals, or wheeled vehicles we still to this day cannot say. We know they ruled a vast empire that could muster armies within days, and that they divided their population into twelve age groups, each with specific assignments. We don’t know how they managed this Herculean task without a written language, numerals, or currency.
All human knowledge, however replete, pales before our greater ignorance. Nowhere is this truer than when we consider the spiritual life. What we know about God is about the same as fifty cents worth of information out of a billion dollar mine. Not that we lack essential information. Whatever we need to know, God has revealed. In turn, He expects obedience and faith, whatever our level of knowledge or intelligence.
There is no truer concept than the fact that knowledge by itself, without wisdom is useless. And nowhere is this truer than in the life of a Christian. There are many people out there today with a remarkable literal knowledge of the Bible and yet their lives are in turmoil and desolate, and why is that?
The Bible tells us in the Scriptures above that the things of the Spirit cannot be known by the person who just has natural knowledge or the world’s knowledge but that they can only be known by a person who can discern or “sense” the things in the spiritual realm. And a person can only be discerning if his inner spirit has been brought back to life from a death that it incurred due to Adam’s sinfulness.
In our churches today are a lot of people who have a great amount of “head knowledge” but what I call a lack of “heart knowledge.” They can read the Bible and they can tell you chapter and verse and recite to you the history behind the passages and who in the natural penned the verses and such, yet they miss out on the greatest aspect of the Word of God itself and that is the “spiritual relevance” behind each letter. That is why the Apostle Paul continually tells us that as each of us has a ministry and that ministry is practiced or performed, “not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” – 2 Corinthians 3:6b.
So, what category do you fall into? Are you very, very knowledgeable and yet continually stumble through life trying to find some hidden meaning to it, or do you look at the Word of God and see the message that lies “just beyond the letters” and a little deeper than just on the surface of the pages? There is one sure way to attain the latter of the two categories; that is to surrender YOUR spirit to the Spirit of the Living God and allow Him to open your spiritual “eyes” so that you can see what the world as a whole was never meant to see. The difference, I guarantee you will be like the difference between life and death!