The Definitive Word?
“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 Holy Spirit that guides and leads us into ALL TRUTH. This is why I say and stress that we must be Spirit led and NOT bible led. Taking these words of Jesus into full account and consideration how can anyone say anything different?
The Spirit of Truth 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 most often 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’s illumination the bible is nothing more than dead letter. “For the Letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” The vast majority of traditional/institutional “churches” out there claim that the bible is their final or sole authority in matters of faith and practice. Yet they deny, in practice, the Priesthood of all believers and settle most often for the Priesthood of one “man” in their congregations that they call their Pastor. Plus they deny many if not most of the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives individuals in the Body of Christ. When they limit or deny the Holy Spirit’s empowerments like that they can always back it up with their version and interpretation of scripture. Jesus came so that we could be free in the Spirit and led by Him and no longer be in bondage to the written word and Law. Being bible led places limits on the Holy Spirit’s leading and in fact denies us of the full and free Gospel of Truth that is abundantly found in the Spirit of Christ alone.
This brings us to one very great and important question….. Would the Spirit ever tell us to do something that goes directly against Scripture? Please step back, say a prayer, and ponder that for a minute? The answer is YES He can and does at times. Now, read Acts chapter 10 verses 9-16. In that passage the Lord directly tells Peter three times to kill and eat what scripture had previously called unclean. Peter was told in no uncertain terms to violate what was written in the scriptures.
So I choose to yield and submit to The Spirit’s leading in all things, biblical or otherwise. At least I do on good days. More human words here will not prove this 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 will 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. Thursday June 25th thru Sunday June 28th I will be West of Chicago participating in a gathering of believers called “Searching Together”. This will be my third consecutive time at this annual event and yes I am bringing my guitar. My laptop is not currently working so my time online will likely be very limited. I don’t expect to blog again until after I return home, as I will be focusing on face to face and heart to heart fellowship. As always I appreciate that you choose to read and participate in this wild and crazy blog. Thanks also for your prayers as I travel and share.