"..Yet in My Flesh I Will See GOD" [Job. 19.26]

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

How Do You Know God is Really Opening Up Scriptures To You?

Unless God opens up the meaning of Scriptures to you, you won't understand any of it. At best all you'd get is what the smart and wise of this world also get--the letter--which kills, according to Paul the apostle. What counts in the Kingdom is getting the Spirit of the Word, not the letter. [Image above by Aaron Burden, Unsplash].
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. [2 Corinthians 3.6]
The Spirit gives life, says Jesus in John. "The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life." So, it's the "spoken" Word you should get--spoken straight from God's own mouth--without which all you get is an intelligent appreciation of the bible. An earthly interpretation. Intelligent but it does not remove the veil that the god of this world has covered minds with. It cannot remove the curtain that keeps you from entering the holy of holies. The same thing most theologians and seminarians get.

And how do you know it's "spoken" Word you get when you meditate Scriptures?

If it results to LIFE.

If it does, it means you get the Spirit of the Word, not the letter. The Spirit gives life. So here are 7 signs God is really opening up Scriptures to you:
  1. You know Him more intimately. You don't want to leave Him.
  2. You become a Kingdom person. You have left the patterns and standards of this world.
  3. Your life, mind and character become radically transformed.
  4. Jesus manifests in you. You are formed in Christ. You no longer live but HIM.
  5. His ministry characterizes your ministry. The world has nothing similar to it.
  6. Supernatural signs and wonders flow. Anything earthly loses appeal. 
  7. It's God alone who moves in your life and ministry. No human effort.
All seven are what Life Jesus manifested in the Gospel. If these things are present in your life and ministry and grow in ever-increasing glory, then God is opening up his Word to you. If not, you're merely getting what pagans get--intellectual reading of the bible and religious theology. Philosophy. Nothing more.

Jesus told his disciples how the secrets of the Kingdom had been given them, "But not to those outside." Those outside hang on to their religion, philosophy and human theology--like the dissenting Pharisees and law teachers of his time. Like the Crowd that just wanted what fleshly benefits they could get from Jesus. Yup, church denomination is included here. Anything you have that Jesus didn't have would keep you outside.

Deuteronomy says secret things belong to God, but the things revealed belong to us. That was Old Testament. Well, in a way it still stands because those "outside" get only the things revealed to men of the flesh, not the secrets. But if you're inside Jesus' circle and God is opening up his Scripture to you, then the secrets are revealed to you as well.

The secrets make you naturally unique and quickly recognized in the spirit realms. Angels and demons know you as they knew Jesus.

A lot of teachers and preachers today just languish in the dimension of the letter (that kills) because all they have is human teaching and theology. Jesus declared Peter blessed because he received revelations from the Father, not from the teachings of men. And Jesus revealed how their worship became "in vain" because their teachings were merely human teachings (or, "teaching as doctrines the commandments of men"). 

God opening up Scripture is all spiritual and supernatural. It is the Holy Spirit's jurisdiction alone. It has nothing to do with what you learn from theology professors or books. You should have a close supernatural encounter with God as Peter did when a blanket full of unclean animals was lowered to him so he could kill and eat them. In that supernatural revelation, a powerful Kingdom secret was disclosed to him. 

Paul entered the third heaven to hear "inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell."

Supernatural revelation from God can happen each moment to anyone--apostle or not--as long as he believes in the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit "will teach you all things" said Jesus, and when he says "all things" that means nothing is left for human theology to explain or give enlightenment.

It doesn't matter if a titled and degreed guy can interpret Scriptures brilliantly through the use of human theology and human wisdom (even if church people are so "blessed" by his sermons) if he does not experience the 7 God-signs above. Worse, if he actually has wickedness nestled in his heart, like self-conceit, pride, sexual immorality, greed, vainglory, and other sins. Or if he boasts about his material or earthly successes.

Much worse, if he knows nothing about the King and His Kingdom and just talks about his earthly ministries and his church denomination. A lot of "good" speakers today really just talk about themselves and their successes.
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. [1 John 2.16 NLT]
It means God has not yet opened up his Word to them. All they preach is the letter that kills. Yeah, you get religiously smarter with the letter, but you're dying spiritually. Something in your spirit rots continuously and shows in unguarded moments. The solution? It's not reading or studying the bible more. It's not being active in church. It's asking God to open up his Word to you, by his grace and mercy.

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