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God Has No Equals

July 29, 2017

Greetings,

“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.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

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10 Comments
  1. This is a difficult concept for me. I grew up in a denomination which held the Bible above anything else except its own prophetess. Slowly I am beginning to realize what you are saying. It’s taking a while.

    • I hear you Win. Most “churches” elevate the bible to a place equal to or greater than God. Problem is that is idolatry my friend.

  2. Dan permalink

    Interestingly, for those who demand scriptural support regarding this matter, there are more verses in the NT for this direct inspiration (that you are beautifully referring to above) than there are scriptures that provide internal authentication that Paul’s letters are even indeed scripture (other than Paul making that claim for himself). There is only one to my recollection- 2 Peter 3:16. In addition to the excellent verse from Paul that you quoted, Christopher, I would like to add another verse from Peter – 1 Peter 4:11. “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God”. “Oracle” is a fascinating word. Bible dictionaries say it means “utterances of God”. In the pagan world, oracles would enter a trance, possessed by a spirit, and would then become a portal through which the gods would speak. This of course is a cheap counterfeit of what we know to be real – we, who are filled with the Spirit of the Living God, become God’s mouthpiece uttering living words of direct inspiration. Yes, a portal for the Holy Spirit to speak through. Yes, experiencing the state of being fully owned and controlled by the Spirit of the Lord Christ! Yes, sometimes when in a trance state (when deep enough in the Presence of God). Peter knew trances well. We Gentiles owe our salvation to a trance that Peter had. I’m sorry if there might be one reading this who might be offended by this concept. We can blame it on Peter. The same one who authenticated Paul! The same one who tranced out himself.

  3. Amen Christopher, Amen

  4. tom ball permalink

    What do we do when what we “Think” the Holy Spirit is saying seems to contradict what be understand scripture to be saying? The problem, for me, is in my human frailty I may not always hear correctly. That’s why Wesley’s suggestion is so helpful to me… compare what I think the Holy Spirit is saying with scripture, reason, and church teaching/tradition. I find it difficult to believe the Holy Spirit’s leading would not be in harmony with all three sources. After all, scripture says God is not the author of confusion, but of a sound mind… and all scripture is useful for instruction,, etc. I just don’t see it is wise to trust my own understanding over these other sources, particularly scripture.

    • I hear you Tom and basically agree with much of what you said. HOwever, our own understanding of scripture can be off also. Plus God told Peter as recorded in scripture to violate scripture when God told Peter to kill and eat what Peter understood from scripture was unclean and sinful. I look to the witness of the Spirit, the witness of scripture and the witness of the Body of Christ to help me make decisions.

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