IT HASN’T ENTERED YOUR MIND…
I Corinthians 2/9 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.
The phrase I wish to draw attention to in this passage of scripture is:
‘Nor have entered into the heart of man’
You have heard people say: ‘…in fact the thought never crossed my mind.’
Well, there are thoughts that have never entered our heads, nor ever will – cross our minds – this side of the heaven-of-heavens.
As a painter/poet/preacher it is my daily grist to the mill, to have no shortage of imaginative ideas. That doesn’t guarantee that they are good ideas. Nor that, (especially painting) they are ever followed-through on.
But when it comes to spiritual matters, the imagination mustn’t take over, to the negation of truth.
It can be customary, in some people’s minds to automatically equate ‘divine inspiration’ with the role of the artist, writer or composer.
I remember asking an accomplished musician, who was also a Bible teacher, and therefore a Christian, if he thought those with no spiritual confession or commitment to Christ, could possibly be enabled by Christ in any way to pen the overtures they composed.
His answer was: ‘No.”
And I agreed. That is not to say – that many who do not profess to follow Christ, cannot write or produce something memorable, worthwhile, of lasting worth, and that very much adds to our lives. To suggest that they couldn’t – would be totally wrong.
However, divine revelation or inspiration, if it is to come from Jesus Christ and therefore the Holy Spirit, demands first, the pre-requisite of knowing Him personally.
[NB: There are exceptions to this, when God has a task to accomplish, he may well give revelation to an unbeliever cpr. Pilates wife (?)]
However Christ’s genuine enablement is an experience, and will not contradict the Holy Scriptures in the content, that the enablement provides.
The way I see God’s enablement as an artist, or as a Christian writer is best explained in terms of direct and indirect inspiration.
There are times when, what I say or write, is very much with a sense of His inspiration and enablement directly.
At other times what I already am as a Christian, will influence what I produce, and I cannot claim any direct (prophetic) inspiration from God for the painting, poem, post, or preach.
When it comes to painting or poetry – I do not seek His direct inspiration all that much.
Paul the apostle says this:
- I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit…
Notice Paul (as all Christians should be) was acutely aware of his conscience in a living-relationship with God’s Presence in his life.
Conscience plays a big part when it comes to having a sense of inspiration. The balancing of our minds with the Mind of Christ, must always be taking place.
We never become anything other than human, in this life. A human being in fellowship with God.
He has however, bestowed upon all true Christ-ones, the great blessing of now becoming ‘sons of God’ (Romans 8/14).
But it doesn’t yet appear what we shall be like – when we reach that heavily destination. We will though, be more than human when we get there. In one passage we are told we shall be like the angels…
Matthew 22/30: For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.
All that this means is not clear.
Which brings me back to the phrase I have drawn attention to at the beginning:
‘nor have entered into the heart of man’
Think of it – things that we cannot as yet comprehend!
Beyond our imagination. Things too high and wonderful for us to comprehend.
I Corinthians 13/
For we know in part and we prophesy in part….
…For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
So the atheist or agnostic who must have it all comprehended and packaged to meet the criteria of their intellect, is missing the whole point of the supernatural. We won’t understand it all.
The spiritual is not devoid of logic or the power of reason – it’s just that we use our reason to accept that certain things are beyond the limitations of that same reasoning ability.
Notice this verse of scripture –
5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,
Let’s note here – ‘proud thing’. Unfortunately knowledge puffs up with pride. Pride was the original sin. We are told God resists the proud but gives unmerited favour to the humble.
It’s humbling to realise that the intellect is very limited, and has not yet received many of the things that God has prepared for those who love Him…
The proud mind that considers itself greater than God is headed for a fall, such thinking sets itself up AGAINST the true knowledge of God.
And it is the proud heart of man that despises and/or rejects God and His council for the throning of his own intellect, in all matters of life and death.
We must start by accepting…
…as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My (God’s) ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
By taking the place of humility – we have a better chance of comprehending the things of God – and there is even a chance that we shall receive that Divine inspiration and revelation spoken of earlier.
In fact the verses at the top of this post go on to reveal that:
10 …God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…
He will lead believers into all truth – i.e. lead the prepared heart that fellowships with Him.
In simple terms there are things revealed and things not yet revealed.
But Oh – the wonder! The unimaginable beauty and superior life that awaits those who look for His Coming in faith and hope. Oh the wonder of the afterlife still not revealed! We have glimpses, yes – sometimes wonderful glimpses. But glimpses just the same.
And yet many prefer the lower life and instruction that comes from this world alone.
I thank God for the times my inner human spirit has rose to see like I had never seen before.
Glorious times, that don’t happen every day with the same intensity. But faith has been established in my heart. Faith that says:
… he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
If I am to glimpse more – I must begin with the oracles* of God (Bible).
For more – I must meditate on these* things…