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The Definitive Word

June 1, 2012


Jesus said:

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.”  John 16: 12-13

There we have it!  The definitive word, right from the mouth of Jesus Himself…. It is The Spirit that guides and leads us into all truth.  This is why I say that we must be Spirit led and NOT bible led.  Taking these words of Jesus into full account how can anyone say any different?

The Spirit is above the bible there is just no other way around that truth.  Now when the Spirit is leading us into this truth, the place He leads us perhaps the most is the bible.  The Spirit can and does lead us in the scriptures and that is as it should be.  However, the bible does not always lead us back to the truth of The Spirit.  Because without The Spirit the bible is nothing more than dead letter.

So I choose to yield and submit to The Spirit’s leading in all things, biblical and not.  At least I do on good days.  More human words here will not prove my case any better than what Jesus, Himself, has said about this matter.  God, The Father, The Son Jesus, and The Spirit reign supreme.  I refuse to follow or bow down to anything or anyone less than God Himself.  I choose direct revelation from The Spirit over and above secondary revelation from a book about Him on any day.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

P.s.  My son Caleb graduates from High School on Sunday.  He is giving a short message at Baccalaurate at 12:30 that day.  Please pray that The Lord gives him effective words to share with his classmates?  Thanks!


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  1. timbushong permalink

    “So I choose to yield and submit to The Spirit’s leading in all things, biblical and not. ”

    Really? You would disobey God’s Word if you thought the Spirit told you to do so?

  2. For the record Tim, that has never happened to me before, but yes if I knew The Spirit was leading me I would go against my understanding of the bible in the same manner that Peter did concerning his vision, I do not think that God would ever have me violate the greatest commandment or the 2nd one just like it though.

  3. It is the Spirit (God) who inspired the Scriptures, not the actual scriptures themselves. The Holy Spirit often chooses to use certain scriptures to make His point, but more often, not. Conversely the devil, cults, and denominations love to use scriptures to for their own purposes. I know this scares many people, but it is the truth. As humans, especially western hemisphere humans, we love to tie everything up in neat little packages, file and categorize them, and most of all CONTROL them. We think that because we are well educated, our minds should be used to control our environment. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.
    I thank the Lord for this blog, and it’s viewers. Growing in Grace together!

  4. “go against my understanding of the bible”

    That’s equivocating- you originally said ‘biblical’, not ‘my understanding’. One’s understanding can mature over time, but God’s Word is immutable.

    I think it’s interesting how it took THREE visions of the same sheet full of animals, accompanied by the voice of God (and even then Peter didn’t know what to make of it), and only after the men from Cornelius showed up and God again told Peter to go w/them, did he begin to realize the import of his visions. Even then, this was all part of Peter’s coming to realize what had been in the Scriptures all along- that God was calling people from all over the globe to Himself- “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

    “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.”

    That law isn’t in Scripture- it was a rabbinic tradition, one that no doubt met the negative requirement of “traditions of man” that Jesus denounced.

    So yes- even an apostle like Peter, who at this time was gifted to do miraculous deeds in order to demonstrate that he had apostolic authority, had the need to grow in understanding and maturity.

    “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

    There is a sense in which the ‘light bulb’ needed to be switched on, as Peter was surely a man of his times and steeped in tradition- and yet all of the truth that he now bore witness to was already there in the Hebrew scriptures.

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