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John 16:13; I Cor. 2
I can speak to ears, but only God can speak to hearts! That's supernatural revelation...the Spirit of God opening our eyes to the truths beyond our intellect.
Now, spiritual illumination...
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
What's the difference between supernatural revelation and spiritual illumination? One is God revealing truth to man, the other is God giving man the ability to comprehend and apply it to life. It's the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and apply it correctly to life.
ill.--remember school? A lot of knowledge was imparted, but between spit balls, passed notes, naps, and pranks on the teacher, there wasn't a lot of illumination. That seems to come more from life experience. True wisdom is a whole other level.
Spiritual illumination happens in the human spirit by the Holy Spirit. Only man has a spirit. Animals do not. Sorry! This is one reason evolution cannot be true. Man is not just a highly evolved animal. My body connects with the environment and my soul connects with others...but my spirit communicates with God!
v. 11 If I can't know another human without them opening up to me, how can I expect to know a supernatural God without help?
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
How much higher is heaven than earth?
We can't get to Him, so He came to us. He mingles His Spirit with our spirit, and we are illumined.
ill.--you don't really know a person until you marry and move in to the same house. And when you got saved, God took up residence in you!
You hear a lot of professors today saying, I have this degree and that, and written all these papers, and I can't understand the Bible. I say, that's what they get for reading someone else's mail!
They don't want it to make sense, and God gives them just what they want. But in the end, will they want what they got?
The Word of God was inspired by the Spirit of God, and it takes the Spirit of God to help us accurately understand it.
1. Don't expect the world to honor you if you have spiritual illumination.
Godly wisdom is contrary to worldly wisdom. If what you are seeking is fame and popularity, you'd better try Hollywood, because if you truly go God's way and end up famous, you might not be the real thing and may have to settle for having church in a basketball arena!
I get a good dose of hate mail, especially at times when I take on controversial subjects, which I only do once or twice ... per week. Well, one thing our many web clicks does for the online ministry is move it up in search engine rankings, where many of the bashers reside, looking for a fight.
They ask things like, are you saying Jesus is the only way, and that a Buddhist who doesn't accept Christ goes to hell. My response: A Baptist who doesn't accept Christ goes to hell! I'm not here to win friends and get new subscribers, but to lift up Jesus, who will draw people unto Himself. His Spirit will reveal Him to those sincerely seeking the truth, and that same Spirit will conceal Him from those who want to go in the other direction...He gives them a little push. They get what they want. But in the end, will they want what they got?
2. Don't think you have to know all about God in order to know God.
When I got saved, I knew God immediately...my eyes were opened...the blinders fell off. And yet I knew very little! Now, I've learned a lot with my head, but sometimes it feels like my heart relationship is somewhere south of where my salvation moment attained!
ill.--I trusted my dad before I knew his middle name. I would jump off the top bunk into his arms and never doubted that he would catch me. I loved him before I ever knew him enough to discover any criticisms about him!
On day one of salvation we can know God, and what a blessing that day by day we have the opportunity to know Him better!
ill.--go to the ocean and fill a bucket from it. The bucket is full of ocean, but you don't have the ocean in the bucket. It is full to the brim...full of ocean, and yet there is much more ocean outside the bucket than inside of it.