“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Brethren, I want to ask you a question. Has the Lord ever spoken to you? When He called you to salvation maybe? Have you read scripture and the words on the page were alive and vibrant. They went into your heart and were Life to you? That those verses gave you the strength to overcome whatever was needed at the time or maybe you knew then what is was the Lord desired from you.
Then how about the times you read scripture and it seems lifeless. No guidance; no life. You search and search and it is just not there.
What is the difference between these two times of scripture reading? Do you know? The first is when the Lord is speaking to you and the second is when He is not. The first is Life and we should always have our heart in a position of dependence upon the Lord to teach us scripture. Each and every time we open up the bible we need to take our hearts and place them at the feet of the Lord in humble dependence upon His Spirit to open up the scripture to us. Every time.
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Scripture is perfect. We are not. When taught scripture by its author we can know it perfectly, but when we lean on our own understanding to know scripture it is much less than perfect. Reading spiritual with carnal brings death to our spiritual life.
“for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
There are those who seek power from knowledge of scripture. They have their reward. Seek to know your Lord and be taught by His Spirit. Shun carnal knowledge. Knowledge will make you proud. Spirit taught scripture will make you live a life worthy of salvation.
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth”
The Holy Spirit is also known as the Spirit of Truth. Lean on Him to understand what is true and false. He is trustworthy.
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
Don’t be deceived by those that seek power and prestige from their knowledge of the bible. I love where Luke in the book of Acts says:
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
Who was marveling?
“And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.”
The scripture scholars of the day missed Christ. Even worse yet; they killed their Redeemer. Why? Because they had carnal knowledge of the scripture. Because they used this knowledge for power and authority. They are perfect examples for us in the negative. Who not to emulate. What not to do.
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven”
We live by the words the Lord speaks to us today. Fresh manna every morning. By every word that proceeds from the mouth of our Lord and our God. Be that scripture reading, teaching from the brethren or reading books. Where the Spirit teaches from is where we feed on the Word of God. Jesus Christ our Lord.
Much love in Jesus Christ our Lord and our God,