I met two distractions and doubt planters the other day who approached me disguised as witnesses for the LORD. They spouted and quoted scripture verse after scripture verse to emphasize their doctrine that was totally dismissive of the divine phenomena of “speaking in tongues.” Their pastor actually called folks who received the HOLY SPIRIT and spoke in tongue liars and fakers. To me this spoke more to their lack of the HOLY SPIRIT than to anyone’s alleged pretense of speaking in tongues.
I offered them the Word of God in the Holy Spirit while they only offered one unrevealed scripture verse after another accompanied by one humanly contrived explanation after another culminating in no more than another Pharisaical religious doctrine. They had not come to realize that God hides His Divine Truth from the wise and learned of this world and reveals them only to HIS obedient, submissive and humble little ones. These men continued to insist on their church’s and Pastor’s apostasy against the divine manifestation of Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14 is true. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”
I don’t believe that these young men spoke one genuine word out of their own personal experience with God. Their whole experience with Christ came from a Bible and their whole conversation was peppered with biblical phrases, terms and quotations.
They presented themselves as being thoroughly knowledgeable regarding quoting scripture out of the Bible but Satan quotes scriptures also. (Luke 4:3-11) I have prayed for those two young men who consider themselves good “Bible believing Christians.” But we are commanded to believe in God and Christ not in a Book or a collection of Books. However, they are not alone in their error. They aren’t the only deceived Bible believing Christians.
The problem that many of these troubled souls have is too insidious to completely unravel in this article although I may touch upon some of the workings of Satan.
It dates back to the beginning of the translation of the Holy Scriptures by unsaved and politically influenced men who altered the Holy Scriptures to accommodate their emperor and their own pagan based beliefs. These paid unconverted scholars eventually omitted over 600 books of Holy Scriptures from their created Cannon of Scripture that is now called the “Bible.” Holy men of God may have written the Holy Scriptures as they were empowered by God’s Spirit to do so but evil and corrupt men of this earth have perverted it and interpreted it in translations. That is why instead of one BIBLE we have many translations and versions of many “BIBLES.” (1 Peter 3:8 and 1 Corinthians 1:10)
Think about it. If documentation of Scriptures (A BOOK) and the ability to read the scriptures with understanding was all that was required to get to know God and receive salvation, Moses’ Law and the Pharisee and scribes would have sufficed as agents of salvation. There would have been no need for CHRIST or the Promise of The Holy Spirit.
In addition, where in the context of Christ’s passion and ministry is it recorded that Yehowshua or His Chosen Apostles (emissaries and living epistles) taught, prophesied or alluded to or even suggested that God would send us a physical Book/“Bible” to reverence and depend upon for information about God and Salvation? And where is it suggested that mankind could even understand such a book in its fullness? (Hebrews 4:12) We should examine these questions carefully so as to place the “Bible” in its proper place of importance relative to our Faith in FATHER YHVH and our dependency upon HIS PROMISE – The HOLY SPIRIT. (John 14:26 and Luke 24:19)
Christ said, “I will send you the comforter and He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose (reveal) to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” (Ref. Romans 10:17)
Christ said, “I will send you the comforter and He will Guide you into all the Truth.” The comforter is the living Holy Spirit that God sends to dwell in the hearts and souls of his little ones. He is not a Book or a Bible but the living revealer of ALL TRUTH.
The WORD of GOD is Alive! The WORD of GOD is more than a BOOK. Even the earthly record of Jesus’ ministry could not be contained in a book. (John 21:25)
We need to be reminded of what Romans 11:33 says.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing (finding) out!
God said in Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts.
The Psalmist and I both agree, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.” (Psalm 139:6) And I would add, it is too lofty to be contained in a Book.
The BOOK may point toward knowledge and understanding of God but it is not the source of ALL knowledge and understanding about GOD. GOD’s HOLY SPIRIT IS!
“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:11)
Regardless of man’s arrogance and lofty confidence in his own intellect and ability to attain any divine knowledge about God from studying a BOOK, it is in fact the LIVING HOLY SPIRIT that discloses or uncovers the mysteries of God and God’s HOLY SCRIPTURES. This is especially true after Satan and mankind have altered, manipulated and omitted so much of the HOLY TEXT.
Apart from The HOLY SPIRIT, we cannot discover any appreciable saving knowledge about FATHER YHVH. And apart from Christ we cannot approach God or enter into His KINGDOM.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing (The HOLY SPIRIT which made himself evident in you by speaking out of you in tongues of angels) which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” (1 John 2:26-27)
Let us be clear. The devil reads and uses the Bible also. Satan is the master deceiver and father of all lies. He has tricked the world into believing that the BIBLE is the unadulterated WORD of God when in fact it is CHRIST and CHRIST alone who is the unadulterated LIVING WORD Of GOD (John 1:1-7).
But Satan has tricked us. He has been working to deceive the saints since time immemorial. (Daniel 7:25) And what better way to deceive God’s people than to mistranslate, corrupt and misinterpret the very scriptures that they base their understanding of God and faith upon – Not realizing that they should never lean upon their own understanding anyway. (Proverbs 3:5)
Don’t get it twisted! I reference the Holy Scriptures in the Bible as resource information. I like the Bible but I only trust in God and His Holy Spirit. I only trust in The Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Truth to me. I do not trust education, theology, philosophy, religion or my own understanding nor do I trust in the persuasive rhetoric of others.
I TRUST ONLY IN GOD AND DEPEND UPON HIS HOLY SPIRIT FOR REVELATION INTO THE THINGS OF GOD.
“For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:12)
If you have not received the promised Gift of GOD – The HOLY SPIRIT – I urgently suggest that you die to your earthly human birth, human perspectives, human passions, human intellectual addictions and natural rebellion against God and His Holy Eternal Commands. Obey God’s Command to repent and be buried in the watery grave of repentfulness and baptism in the NAME that is above every name – YEHOWSHUA THE MESSIAH (Mistranslated Jesus the Christ) for God promises to gift you with His RUACH Ha KODESH [The SPIRIT of DIVINE HOLINESS and REVELATION]. (Acts 2:38)
Without the HOLY SPIRIT we can know nothing about God and His eternal salvation and what we think that we know only serves to deceives us into hell and damnation. (John 3:3)
MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL!
WAKE UP PEOPLE AND …
And for those who are jumping to the conclusion that I don’t like the Bible or that I don’t believe in the Holy Scriptures that are in the Bible, I assure you that is not the case as is evidenced by my use of scriptural references throughout this article.
What I am saying is that the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD is REQUIRED in order for us to truly know anything about GOD and HIS genuine plan of salvation. And those who dare to expound upon the meaning of scriptures without the divine help of the HOLY SPIRIT may do well for a time for God gave everyone a measure of faith. But they will never come to the saving knowledge of God without the help of the HOLY SPIRIT.
The Bible can be a beacon of light and a source of moral instruction for the humble, repentful and contrite in spirit who are diligently seeking for God and eternal life. It can point the way to Christ and the TRUTH and The Holiness of Yahweh. (Psalm 51:17, Hebrews 11:6 and John 6:37) But the Bible, in the hands of arrogant, willful, self-righteous, wicked and deceived souls, can also be easily misunderstood and manipulated into teachings things that God never said. (Ezekiel 13) This is why God and Christ insists upon the children of Faith – the saints of God – to be endowed with and dependent upon the HOLY SPIRIT. And God consistently reassures his little ones of their acceptance and of being indwelt by the presence of the HOLY SPIRIT by causing us to speak in an unearthly language that Paul refers to as “tongues of angels” as opposed to various dialects and human languages. (Acts 10:44-47, Acts 15:7-11 and 1 Corinthians 13:1) The Scriptures do not dismiss the gift of speaking in different earthly languages but it also doesn’t dismiss the divine miracle of speaking in tongues of angels as the initial and common sign among saint of having been gifted with the Holy Spirit. The enemy has confused the divine phenomena of tongues with a learned language so as to deceive some into not believing in the divine manifestation of tongues. Thus, these religious and intellectual zealots may have the form of godliness but they deny the power of GOD.
As for this wretched creature, I am too ignorant of the TRUTH to Know the TRUTH without the help of Father God through HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Therefore, I credit, by necessity, The Holy SPIRIT of God with the revelations contained within this article.
I am marveled by God’s Glory and severely humbled by His LOVE, PATIENCE and LONG-SUFFERING toward me. His revelations are too wonderful for me.
He Is Just Too Marvelous For Words and Too Much God For Me To Understanding and To Figure Out without Him Revealing HIMSELF to me. And even while revealing Himself to me He must shield me from the POWER OF HIS GLORY, lest I be consumed.
OH LORD PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON ME!
Therefore, I pray that this article, in the POWER of THE HOLY SPIRIT, helps true believers and saint of Father YHVH to STAND! STAND IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD OF GOD and not in the uncertainty and variations of a BOOK.
Let’s get to know the Author and be indwelt with His Holy Spirit and then His way and commands will be indelibly engraved in our hearts.
Let us remember what God said in Jeremiah 31:33 – This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts – Not a book.
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