God Has No Equals
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2nd Corinthians 3: 2-6
In this passage Paul, via the Spirit’s leading, makes it quite extremely clear that the Holy Spirit is much, much, greater than the written letter. In fact the letter in and of itself kills, while the Spirit gives life. This is exactly why I always say that we need to be Spirit led and NOT bible led. In fact without the Spirit guiding us through the bible, we would not even properly comprehend or apply what had been written in the first place.
Please allow me to take that one giant step further? I contend that what the Spirit writes on our hearts is superior to everything else that is written with ink or on stone. In other words clear cut Holy Spirit guidance should be desired over and above either the New or Old Testament writings.
Note, I am not saying that the bible is not important. However, I am saying right up front that the leading of the Holy Spirit is more important than biblical head knowledge. Jesus made it abundantly clear that you can know the scriptures and still not know Him. The bible is awesome when you allow the Holy Spirit to teach you through it, but is a dead book of Law and death by itself.
We all need to offer up and open our hearts to Jesus and fully allow the Holy Spirit to write on them as He sees fit. Direct revelation from the Spirit is greater than receiving secondary revelation from the great book. I agree that it is best to have both the Spirit and the bible in our lives, as long as we never forget that one is actually God and the other is just a book from God; and God has no equals.
Kirk Out !