“What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).
If you saw someone unknowingly step out into a busy street, a child perhaps, and you were some distance away, then would you not call out to them to step back? I’m tired of seeing this type of love and urgency being misrepresented as intolerance, especially by fellow Christians. We’re so afraid of being labeled bigoted, or intolerant, or facing rejection, that, in spiritual terms, we simply look the other way. What’s worse, we credit ourselves as doing what Jesus would do, and we teach others to do the same. How can we claim to have Jesus in our hearts with love that’s so shortsighted? But you might say that you prophesy, you speak in various tongues, maybe you’ve even laid hands and the sick were healed; maybe you’re works are that of a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1), or worse, that you’re unknowingly consorting with demons.
Why can’t every Christian see the principalities and powers working against us? How do we not all sense their presence? Does it really take a special gifting to recognize what is plain to see? The enemy is no longer operating from within the shadows, perhaps, he never did, but what is unfolding, all around us right now, is largely not hidden. And the fact that so many believers can’t see these forces at work, despite sin’s boldness, brings me back to something Paul warned the Corinthians: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). And who are these unbelievers to whom Paul is referring? How many of them attend church each Sunday? Consider all the gifts, which were being worked, among the Corinthian believers; consider all the prophesying, all the healing, all the speaking in various tongues; the Corinthians thought they were spiritual, yet Paul referred to them, at one point, as mere babes in Christ; he called their assembly worldly; people who did not live by the Spirit, even. Let that sink in!
Where does godly wisdom come from? God’s wisdom is revealed by the Spirit. “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14). So, how can we be so blinded by the god of this age, if indeed we have the Spirit of God inside us? Is the Jesus to whom we have given our lives, the same Jesus, who was crucified and then resurrected three days later, or is the Jesus to whom we have given our allegiance an idol of our own making? Are we being lead by the Spirit at all, or is our flesh really at the wheel?
Changing gears. I began a new bible study this evening, and my mind, and more so, my heart, are blown! I read Romans 1, and I never realized how much meaning, how much depth, there is in each and every verse, let alone when verses come together and messages emerge. I was considering taking a brief hiatus from blogging, but perhaps, instead, I’ll share what I learn as I pursue my study. I feel as though I am entering a new season of learning, growth, and renewal, and whether in exhortation or rebuke, I count it all as edification, and I am very excited about what lies ahead! So, I’ll take the blogging to the Lord in prayer, and go from there. God bless all of you. The Word is truly alive! Amen!
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