Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit says… How many times have you thought “I wish I lived back in the time Jesus lived?” It seems we have this idea we would have had a better time living for Christ back then, but I would say that probably isn’t true.
Jesus seemed to always be repeating himself and going over things with his disciples because they repeatedly didn’t get him. He would teach and they would say to each other “What does he mean?” Most of the time there seemed to be a barrier between them. Of course we know what that was don’t we?
As the time for Jesus’ departure drew closer he started teaching them about the Holy Spirit and what he would do. He said, “He will guide you into all truth…” He told them “It is better for you that I go away because if I don’t the Helper will not come.” You see without the Spirit we can’t know the things of God. This is the problem the disciples were having. They couldn’t grasp what Jesus was teaching because they, as Paul later taught, were the natural man and “the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”
When teaching Spirit truth you will always run into opposition, even from believers. There is never a shortage of people that are attempting to understand Biblical truth through human reasoning and we know that can’t work. Spiritual knowing doesn’t come from a vast library of literature but rather through revelation from God. Without the Spirit we can’t know the things of God but with him “we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit…”
Let me give an example of Spirit truth being misunderstood by the natural man. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Now the average person you meet will say, “Nobody’s perfect!” When this type of conversation comes up I think it’s crucial to define “perfect.” Perfect in the sense being used here doesn’t mean all of our behavior, thoughts, feelings etc. are never wrong. Perfect means “whole, complete, and mature.” Just before Jesus died on the cross he said, “It is finished” or in other words “complete.” This means there is absolutely nothing more that can be done here. Salvation is complete!
In the Old Covenant the priests had to offer a perfect, or spotless, sacrifice. They had to inspect each lamb or bull to make sure there were no defects before it could be offered to God. The whole idea here is the transfer of sin from the worshipper to the sacrifice and the perfect, spotlessness of the animal to the worshipper. In the same way Jesus, the Lamb of God, was perfect. He had no defects, he was complete and whole. So now, in the New Covenant our sin has been transferred to Jesus and his righteousness, holiness, blamelessness etc. have been transferred to us. “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit says.
Written by Louie