Are we Hearing the Truth?
The thinking that denominated seminarian educated leaders are God's chosen qualified dispensers of truth is foreign to scripture. John 14:26, informs us that God's appointed Teacher the Holy Spirit, that Father God sent in Jesus' name, will teach us all things spiritual relating to Jesus, the works He dis and the words He said.
God's appointed Teacher has come to lead believers into the full realization of every thing Jesus is and desires to endow us with all truth that is resident IN Christ within us.
As much as yo may believe that the Bible contains "all truth", the bible itself does not make that claim. Certainly everything that Jesus taught His disciples was truth. "the word's that I SPEAK unto you, they are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63). Though what He taught them was truth it was NOT ALL the TRUTH that He knew. There were many things He wanted to teach them, but they were not up to receiving it at that time. See John 16:13.
Following Jesus is a spiritual journey leading to higher spiritual revelation...not a performance journey of religious do's and don'ts as a means of being spiritual.
It is one thing to read the truths of scripture, but becoming obsessed with believing that because we have read it and the Spirit has brought it to our remembrance that we are fully living in the reality of all the truth of the Spirit, is not necessarily so. It is the Spirit that knows the mind of Christ, the written word about Christ does not, though in some instances it reveals the partial mind of Christ. If we only hear the written record of what Jesus said in the past, or what the saints have said about the Him in the past, we will miss the present voice of the Spirit of what Christ is doing in the now and what He will be doing in the future. Christ has not wrapped up all he knows between the two covers of a book that man has put together about Him. To do so strips His sovereignty from Him and to insinuate that man has receive all the spiritual knowledge that Christ Himself knows...how absurd!
As revealing spiritually the written word is, it does not contain "All Spiritual Truth". Only the Spirit of God can lead us into the full experiential knowledge of all truth contained in the risen Christ. Paul wrote, "But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one "INDIVIDUALLY" as "HE WILLS" (1Cor. 12:11). The Spirit works in each of us as HE WILLS, not as some denominated seminarian wills. This is true spiritual life. As a religionists you may not believe it, but Jesus said it Himself, "I have many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now. However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come. HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH."
So, can religious man appointed denominated leaders bring God's people into all truth? Not according to Paul.
William Law wrote, "But as Christ's teaching was only preparatory to His future vital teaching by the Spirit, so the teaching of scripture by words written with ink and paper is only preparatory, or introductory to all inward essential teaching of God, which is by His Spirit and truth within us. Every other opinion, of the holy scripture, but that of an outward teacher and guide to God's inward teaching and illumination in our souls, is but making an idol-god of it." End quote.
Jesus did not lead His disciples into ALL TRUTH, the Comforter God the Father sent in the place of Jesus would.
The great need of the Community of the Redeemed is not more denominated Bible teaching, it is not more seminarian trained preaching, it is not more prayer-less demand praying, nor is it gaining of more Bible knowledge. What is needed is the revelatory understanding of what took place during the death and resurrection of Christ, to understand the breath, length, height and depth of His accomplishment, and to understand the gospel message given to Paul by Christ. That will only happen by a working of the Spirit of Christ in the inner man because of Christ living in us. We need to shut out the musings of the intellect of religious men and open up to the Spirit of Christ within. Paul prays in Ephesians 3:14-21 that the inward virtue of God's Spirit would provide the ability to grasp the vastness or entire dimension of this truth, not just parts of it.
Without the inner working of God's Spirit we are powerless to understand spiritual things in the dimension that we ought to know. See Philippians 3:11-14. Though The Lord taught Paul for fourteen years in the Damascus wilderness, he realized that he did not know all truth. There is much more to know about the workings of God therefore, we are on a journey of spiritual learning that can only be taught by God's appointed Teacher, His Spirit. In order to hear the voice of the Spirit, we as Paul did, should count the things of our religious past as "mere dung", and reach forth unto those things which were before, he pressed toward the mark. We, as Paul did, need to realize that all wisdom, knowledge and truth is found in Christ and not in fallible men or the book that fallible men wrote.
Most people within Christendom, gladly hear what Jesus, Paul and others wrote in the past (the scripture), but refuse to allow the Spirit to lead and teach them in the present. We serve a God that is active in the present and wants to reveal His workings in the now and for the future. Instead God's people are dull of hearing because they are deafened by the loudness of religious rhetoric.