True Growth requires God’s Word.

9. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of a man which is in him? Even so no man knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.

12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Cor. 2:9-13 NKJV.

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The Apostle Paul points out our need for Holy Spirit given wisdom and revelation, and ties this very firmly to our receiving the “words…which the Holy Spirit teaches” (2:13).

The Apostle immediately turns from these observations to an outright confrontation with the carnality of the Corinthians, tying it to their shallowness of their intake of the Word of God—(“not able to receive solid food”) 1 Cor. 3:2; also Heb. 5:12-14.

In our text and 1 Cor. 3:1-5, Paul has brought forth the concept of truth that no amount of supposed spiritual insight or experience reflects genuine spiritual growth, if it is separated from our basic growth in the knowledge of God’s word found in the Bible.

We must be rooted in the Word of God and be sober about our growth. “Rootedness,” is in truth and love, not merely in learning knowledge (ginosko taking in knowledge) or accomplished study. We have far too much of these concepts today in our churches. The proof is the blatant lack of true knowledge of the truth from the Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit’s leading us into all truth.

I believe concepts that are not Scriptural will not stand up to the truth experienced when the Author of the Word of God, bears witness with the presence of the Holy Spirit within a person as they submit to the Holy Spirits leading as that person is reading the Word of God regularly. Spirit speaks to spirit, vs. 13 not spirit to mind. A person’s opinion is not the same as God’s Word given to us by the Apostles through the Holy Spirit.

lady in the Word In order to experience true spiritual growth, we must spend time in the Word with the Holy Spirit’s help and separate ourselves from the hindrances of lovelessness, competiveness, and strife.

Tomorrow: God’s Word and practical fruitful living.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 22:49:58

    Great post, Manny.

    I try to remember to pray daily for God’s wisdom. This piece reminds me of the scripture where Jesus said: “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

    How can we learn about Jesus unless we read our Bibles? It is no wonder that we have fallen so far from grace. So many copies of God’s Word do nothing but sit on shelves gathering dust and cobwebs.

    I like the entire post, but I particularly like your last paragraph (aside from the scriptures noted, of course).

    God’s blessings…

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  2. Delight in Truth
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 03:46:21

    There are Christians out there who do not read their bible unfortunately. I used to be one when I was much younger. That is why I now exhort the youth in my church to read the Bible daily.

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    • Mannyr
      Aug 29, 2013 @ 17:10:25

      Delight, it seems wisdom breaks through finally with age. I avoided God until the age of 34. I thank the Lord that the brethren of the Baptist church taught me to have a daily quite time with my Lord and His Word. What sage advice that led to many beautiful experiences in the Word and with my Lord.

      After a while I felt led to leave the Baptist church and pursue the full Gospel and the teachings therein. Thanks for fellowship.

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