“But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit search all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man know the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God know no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teach, but which the Holy Ghost teach; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receive not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:10-14.
Before our Salvation, we know the spirit of a person to some extent. Because of our spirit, our intuition responds before we are consciously aware. “For what man know the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?…” 1 Cor. 2:11. However, we do not and cannot know the Spirit of God, we cannot compare spiritual things with spiritual things until we are born again. A sinner is not spiritually discerned because they do not have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Please understand, learning about God through scientific investigation is learning of God by the spirit of the world (satan), it is not spiritual knowledge. Satan knows the Word of God better than most Christians and he is still satan.
A born again Believer, with the Spirit of God living on the inside, will learn of God by the Spirit revealing the Lord to them. Their spirit is quickened to the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done. Our spirits are not quickened by the Holy Spirit when psychology, motivation or other schemes of man offer up Cain’s sacrifice before the Lord.
Oh, but when you start talking about Jesus…when you start preaching the Gospel of the One Who set the captives free, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit on the inside of each and every Believer will begin to quicken the spirit of man. “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. The 40 days, shemitahs, feasts and festivals are laid wasted by the Word of God being preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Learning about Jesus, from Genesis to Revelation, is revealed to us, precept upon precept, line upon line through the teaching and the preaching of the Word of God…the rightly divided, full counsel Word of God. What we preach and teach is where our faith lies and where our faith lies is what we preach and teach. When our faith is properly anchored in Jesus Christ and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to atone for our sin and give us dominion over our sin nature, the Holy Spirit is commissioned to teach us the deep things of God. He, the Holy Spirit, is the only One qualified to reveal God to us because He is God. The Holy Spirit is the member of the Godhead who deals with man and He deals with man only through faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified (Romans 8:2), not schemes of man.
The church has been swept to and fro, teaching every doctrine that comes down the pike for victory over our sin nature. All along, victory was found the day we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we just didn’t maintain our victory through continued faith in Him for our spiritual growth (sanctification). The harlot of false doctrine seduced many to another bridegroom for “spiritual growth”. Instead of “maintaining” our victory, we tried to “gain” our victory and lost. The preaching of the Cross of Jesus does not need to be adapted to appeal to man, that is Cain’s sacrifice. The preaching of the Cross of Jesus needs to be lifted up to the four corners of the world, so the Holy Spirit can bear witness and bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the Truth. For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:3-5.
-Donna Clark Warren