Last week, a preacher on the radio endorsed the Bible as, “the way God speaks to us today.” He may have meant well, but his statement undermines the fact that God reveals Himself and His truths to mankind only through His Spirit:
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. [The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Corinthians 2:9–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.]
A Christian’s relationship with God is enhanced when he realizes that God personally interacts with him through His Spirit who lives in his heart. God reveals “the deep things of God” to us through His Spirit (1 Cor. 2:10). No one can learn them with his eyes by reading a book, with his ears by hearing a sermon, or with his heart by having a high emotional experience (1 Cor. 2:9). The only way we learn the things of God is when God personally teaches them to us through His Spirit. The Spirit of God knows more about God than anyone else because the Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit (1 Cor. 2:11). He came to live in our hearts so He might declare those very things to us (1 Cor. 2:12).
It should not seem strange to those in whom God dwells that God reveals Himself to us through His Spirit. But if it does seem strange to you, and if you are a Christian, then practice this: As you read and study the Bible, look for the activity of God’s Spirit in your heart. Look for Him when the eyes of your understanding are opened because He personally opened them. Look for Him when you are convicted because He personally convicts you. Look for Him when you are awed by His glory because He personally showed you His glory. If you look for the activity of God’s Spirit in your heart, you will find it. And this will enhance your personal relationship with Him.