The Truth As Revealed by God
The Spirit Is Also the Truth (1 Jn 5:6–7)
The truth and the Spirit are one, and the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Only the word that is in line with the truth enables one to receive the Holy Spirit; the Spirit can also help one to understand the truth (Eph 6:17; 1:13; Jn 14:16–17). The Lord Jesus told His disciples: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (Jn 16:13).
Paul also said: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance” (Eph 1:13–14).
Some people think that as long as they possess good academic qualifications, have a wealth of knowledge, or are proficient in the original Biblical languages, they would be able to understand the Holy Bible in-depth. Little do they know that God often hides these things from those who think themselves wise and prudent, such that “they always go astray in their heart,” and they do not know God’s ways (Heb 3:10). They may see, but they do not understand; God only reveals these things to those who are humble like babes (Mt 11:25–26; Mt 13:13–15).
“The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’ Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, ‘Read this, please.’ And he says, ‘I am not literate.’” (Isa 29:11–12)
Although Paul was knowledgeable, he did not dare to declare the great mystery of God with excellence of speech or of wisdom. Instead, Paul spoke in words that the Holy Spirit taught, explaining and comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1 Cor 2:1–2, 11–13). He clearly understood that no 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” (1 Cor 2:10–11).
[To be continued…]