Where Transcendent Wisdom Meets Human Intelligence Part 3, Final
When Jesus left and returned to heaven, he told his believers, “I’m going to leave you the comforter the Holy Spirit.’ Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would not only comfort them but teach them in all things. Paul goes into detail about the Holy Spirit as our teacher. And Paul learned more than anyone ever did learn about Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and NOT by some Religious Leader.How, I wondered does this deliver us from bondage?Again, the unction from the Holy One revealed to me: The answer in short again is: JESUS CHRIST. To explain JESUS would take the universe and eternity, but he being so profoundly infinite is also so simple a child can understand. For me personally, Jesus revealed to me through "the unction from the Holy One, Isaiah 61, and Luke 4:18..
After Jesus came back from the wilderness, he opened the scriptures and read aloud: "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE, TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, AT TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED.........”
And after reading this script, Jesus closed the scroll and the people in the synagogue were amazed. But when Jesus said, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your ears." They were filled with WRATH and drug him out and tried to throw him off a cliff......These religious church folk were filled with emotional amazement in one moment and then turned to rage when their RELIGION was threatened.How can you and I get and keep this treasure of Divine Wisdom from God to GUIDE and DIRECT every aspect of our lives?By being born again, (John 3:16) (note 8), and asking for and believing God will give us what He has promised. Philippians 4:6 tells us not to worry but to ask and pray and give God our requests. James 1:5-6 tells us that if we lack wisdom we are to ask God and believe in faith that he will answer us. This is often a major stumbling block for many because it seems foolish and illogical.I believe there are three (3) methods (Note 10), based on the Godhead (primarily in the function as a witness), (Note 11) that we need to grow by:1: Reading and meditation upon the holy scriptures (The Holy Bible) using the Logos (Note 12) (written word of God as given to His servants) 2: The Rhema, (Note 13), (the personal understanding given specifically to each believer as revealed from the Holy Spirit . 3: Through the Spirit of Truth teaching us and talking to us in our everyday lives. The Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit. (Note 14)Yes, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, we believers are under God’s divine teaching that we may not run away from our duty, nor be led aside by treachery of our own heart. We need only God’s Power to put us in a state of grace and keep us in it. We receive that grace by faith; i.e., believing that God has promised us this and he’s doing that work in us. (Note 15)
Dear fellow believers, I ask our heavenly father in Jesus' holy name that we take our anointing we're blessed with and do the bidding of our Lord, Savior and Master as our Master did in Luke 4:62...In closing….. I wonder what will the Holy Spirit reveal to you personally, dear believer, as you meditate on His word?
Note 10:METHOD: the way, the approach to obtain an object; a way of doing anything according to a defined plan. The word method is of great importance because the way God does things is not by chance but rather a definite purpose and plan. To do > to execute > to accomplish > to fulfill > to achieve >
Note 11:The Godhead: God the father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. In all their activities the Three are inseparably One. Everything is of the Father, everything is in the Son, and everything is through the Spirit.As a witness: There are numerous references in the Holy Scriptures where the Godhead witnesses one for the other. Here are a few: God the Father was a witness to his son Jesus when Jesus was baptized: And when the people were baptized then Jesus was baptized and when the prayed the heaven opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21, 22) Jesus the Son was a witness to His Father when he said, “If God was your Father, you would love me; for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.” (John 8:42) Jesus bears witness of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit of Jesus: Jesus spoke: “When the Comforter (Holy Spirit) is come, who I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father he shall testify of me.”(John 15:26, 27)In the Epistles, the Godhead are constantly named together, so that in each activity of grace all three together have a share in it. God is triune; but in everything that He does, and at all times, the Three are One. This is in entire agreement with what we see in nature. A Godhead is found in everything. There is the hidden, inner nature; the outward form; and the effect. It is not otherwise in the Godhead. The Father is the eternal being—I AM—the hidden foundation of all things, and fountain of all life. The Son is the outward form, the express image, the revelation of God. The Spirit is the executive power of the Godhead. The nature of the hidden unity is revealed and made known in the Son, and that is imparted to us and is experienced by us through the agency of the Spirit. In all their activities the Three are inseparably One. The Sprinkling of Blood. Notes taken from Andrew Murray however Andrew uses the term Trinity and persons of the Trinity.
Note 12:Logos:The primary meaning of logos is: something said; by implication a subject, topic of discourse, or reasoning.The personified expression of God: There is one God who revealed himself through Jesus Christ, His son, who is His word proceeding from silence without an oral pronouncement in a transcendent manner.Logos is a communication Logos is usually translated as "the Word" in English Bibles such as the KJV.Hence, used of the 2nd person of the blessed Trinity, because as the word spoken manifests the invisible thought; so He manifests to us the invisible Deity and Godhead.[As λόγος (logos 3056) is the embodiment and outward expression of the invisible thought, so the 2nd person manifests the invisible Deity, and is said to be. "God manifest in the flesh" (1Ti 3:16); "the express image of His person" (Heb 1:3); "the image of the invisible God" (Col 1:15).λόγος (logos, 3056), -ου, ὁ, (λέγω), [fr. Hom. down], Sept. esp. for דָּבָר, also for אֹמֶר and מִלָּה; prop. a collecting, collection, (see λέγω), — and that, as well of those things which are put together in thought, as of those which, having been thought i. e. gathered together in the mind, are expressed in words. Accordingly, a twofold use of the term is to be distinguished: one which relates to speaking, and one which relates to thinking.Gordon Clark (1902 - 1985), a Calvinist theologian and expert on pre-Socratic philosophy, famously translated Logos as "Logic": "In the beginning was the Logic, and the Logic was with God and the Logic was God." He meant to imply by this translation that the laws of logic were contained in the Bible itself and were therefore not a secular principle imposed on the Christian world view.Where by the mind finds expression – wisdom – divine word took on human form in a person that is JESUS. Logos expresses oneself orally or in written form, putting one’s thoughts into words. God and His word are the same. Personified expression of God is the independent personified expression of God.In ordinary, non-technical Greek, logos had two overlapping meanings. One meaning referred to an instance of speaking: "sentence, saying, oration"; the other meaning was the antithesis of ergon (ἔργον) or energeia (ἐνέργεια), meaning "action" or "work", which was commonplace. Despite the conventional translation as "word", it is not used for a word in the grammatical sense; instead, the term lexis (λέξις) is used. However, both logos and lexis derive from the same verb legō (λέγω), meaning "to count, tell, say, speak".Logos also means the inward intention underlying the speech act: "hypothesis, thought, grounds for belief or action." Secondary meanings such as logic, reasoning, etc. derive from the fact that if one is capable of legein (λέγειν; infinitive of legō), i.e. speech, then intelligence and reason are assumed.Its semantic field extends beyond "word" to notions such as "thought, speech, account, meaning, reason, proportion, principle, standard", or "logic". In English, the word is the root of "logic," and of the "-ology" suffix (e.g., geology).
Note: 13:Rhema:My personal understanding of Rhema is: THAT WHICH IS SPOKEN BY GOD TO ME (PERSONALLY) IN REAL TIME FOR AN ACTUAL SITUATION IN MY LIFE THAT GOD NEEDS TO COMMUNICATE TO ME FROM WORDS THAT WERE SPOKEN BY HIM AND RECORDED IN WRITTEN WORDS BY GOD’S SERVANTS IN THE HOLY BIBLE. . Although I don’t give myself any religious labels I would tend to believe more with the Pentecostal believers when it comes to Rhema than I would the Evangelicals.. (see definition below from Wikipedia)(Rhema "saying" in this context bears a different meaning than Logos "word".) THESE WRITTEN WORDS ARE KNOWN AS LOGOS WHICH IS THE ACTUAL MANIFESTATION AND REPRESENTATION OF THE ACTUAL 2ND PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY WHICH IS JESUS CHRISTIn other words, when I read the Holy Bibl,e I get an understanding from the written word (LOGOS) but God brings these words alive to me by uttering to me, speaking to me (RHEMA) everything regarding JESUS CHRIST and gives me an understanding of these words for me to use.The Greek noun ῥῆμα "saying, utterance, verb, word" is analyzed as consisting of the root ἐρ-/ῥε- (er-/rhe-) "say" (confer εἴρω "I say"; ἐρῶ "I will say") and the suffix -μα (-ma), a suffix used to form nouns from verbs. (However, according to a falsified but popular folk etymology, ῥῆμα is derived from the verb ῥέω "I flow".)In the New Testament, this noun is used in such instances as the following: “τὸ δὲ ῥῆμα Κυρίου μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα” “the Lord's utterance/saying remains forever” (1 Peter 1:25). Rhema "saying" in this context bears a different meaning than Logos "word".Use in the New TestamentFrom Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, Greek word #4487: It can be found in the following New Testament passages (not exhaustive):§ Matthew 4:4 "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (also Luke 4:4)§ Matthew 12:36 *Matthew 12:36 "... every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it on the day of judgment..."§ Matthew 18:16 "...by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word ( NIV- matter ) may be established."§ Matthew 26:75 ”Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken..." (also Mark 14:72)§ Matthew 27:14 ”And He answered him not a word..."§ Luke 1:38 "Be it unto me according to your word". (NIV - "as you have said.")§ Luke 2:29 "according to your word" (NIV - “as You have promised.")§ Luke 3:2 "...the word of God came to John son of Zechariah..."§ Luke 5:5 "...nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net." ( NIV - "because you say so" )§ John 3.34 "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit."§ John 8:20§ John 15:7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you."§ Acts 2:14§ Acts 6:11,13§ Acts 10:36-37 "The word (NIV - message ) which God sent unto the children of Israel..."37 "that word, [I say,] ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea..." (NIV - omitted, "you know what has happened throughout Judea...").§ Acts 11:14-16§ Acts 13:42§ Acts 26:25§ Romans 10:8§ Romans 10:17-18§ 2 Corinthians 12:4§ 2 Corinthians 13:1§ Ephesians 6.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.§ Hebrews 6:5§ Hebrews 11:3§ Hebrews 12:19§ 1 Peter 1:25§ 2 Peter 3:2§ Jude 1:17Differences in the interpretation of Rhema and LogosPentecostal and Evangelical Christians have different understandings of how Rhema should be used and understood.Pentecostal ChristiansSome Pentecostal Christians view Rhema as the voice of the Holy Spirit as he speaks to the believer at the present moment. In this sense, the Christian should be guided by the Holy Spirit as he/she is guided through inner feelings, impressions and experiences. God's Rhema, the direct words of God to the individual, can also be imparted through the words of others, such as a preacher in a worship service, or a friend who counsels them. In this sense, God's direct guidance can be determined by a variety of means. The test of the authenticity of a Rhema from God is simple... How does it compare to the whole of Scripture? Orthodoxy says that God will not speak a word that contradicts His written word, the Scriptures, so there is a built-in safeguard to prevent misinterpretation.By contrast, Logos is typically used in Scripture to refer to what God has said to His people, that is, the collection of God's sayings about Himself, His relationship with His creation and His Church. The Logos of God is true for all time and in all places. It is easy to see how this can be interpreted both as the bible (God's Word Written) and in the Person of Jesus Christ (God's Word in the Flesh) as seen in John's Gospel, Chapter 1.The Holy Spirit often uses passages in the Logos of God to create specific guidance, Rhema, for the individual. An example of the Rhema of God is to consider how several different people can read the same passage of Scripture and each sees something different. This occurs because each person is in a different place spiritually in their individual lives so God's word to each of them in that moment of their lives is different - specific to their needs. The Logos (God's original meaning and intention) has not changed, but the Holy Spirit has used it to speak to each according to his or her needsEvangelical ChristiansEvangelical Christians, however, have a much different understanding of rhema. Many evangelicals see rhema as being almost synonymous with logos. In other words, the specific guidance we receive from the Holy Spirit at any given time can only be discerned by the general principles laid down in the written word - the Bible. But this sort of guidance is not the same as that described above - it can only give general guidance about how the decision should be made. If we used the same example of the Christian wondering about when to start their business, the evangelical would argue that God will not give any specific guidance - it is up to the person to work it out for themselves. What God can give guidance on is on how that business should be run, and what the business actually does (Running a Brothel, for instance, would be wrong).For evangelicals, then, the rhema is when God speaks directly to a person as they apply the Bible's teaching to a specific subject. Some Evangelicals do not believe that the Christian may make up their own mind when there is no Biblical teaching on a situation. However, this will never come up because these Evangelicals believe that there is a biblical teaching on every situation, specific or otherwise. (Wikipedia)
Note: 14:The Spirit of Truth is the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ; i.e. the Spirit of Jesus the son of God given to us by God. (See Note 9, the Holy Trinity) Jesus tells us He is the Truth in John chapter 14. Jesus tells us the Spirit of Truth will guide us into all truth. This Spirit of truth gives us the direction and guidance we need to live for God the Father just as Jesus did. We will do the work that God has for us but we need to be like Jesus and we need his Holy Spirit abiding in us to be as He is. Jesus told us we would do the work he did and even greater… John 14:12… Also, I’d like to say here that the daily direction we get from the Holy Spirit is both the gifts of the Spirit referenced in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 (wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different tongues (speaking in other languages) and interpretation of languages) and is always the fruit of the Spirit referenced in Galatians 5:22 (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.). This means we have the gifts and we have additional guidance that goes into an infinite number of possibilities as God sees fit to give us to do his will in our lives and the lives of others. When we see the Holy Spirit operate in our life, we will always see the fruit of the Spirit displayed in our life and the lives of others who have and walk in the Spirit.
Note 15:Faith… And the just shall live by faith (Hebrews10:38, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Habakkuk 2:4) Next to LOVE ( a complete topic of its own) , Faith is probably the most important aspect of Christian living. Of interest we are told by God that FAITH works by LOVE..(Galatians 5;6) So Love is a prerequisite to Faith. All things hinge on this after love. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews: 11:6…. This is how important faith is to God. How can we build our faith? By hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17) and ultimately by exercising it (James 2;17) ; i.e., like we exercise our physical body to be stronger and healthy, God ensures his children exercise their faith by placing us through trails and tribulation and temptation. God does not tempt us but allows us to be tempted. Read Luke 4:1-2. These difficult times make us stronger by building our faith.