There is a sense in which, Christians, stop learning new things.
Now I will certainly need to qualify such an opening statement. Lest it be interpreted as the words of a ‘know it all’, or one who considers himself to be no longer teachable.
What I mean by the remark is this:
All truth comes by Revelation of the Holy Spirit. He has promised to lead us into all truth. So if He isn’t leading us into all truth – how can we get there? (John 16/13)
We must have and are promised the leading/guidance of The Holy Spirit.
Christians can drift into an intellectual comprehension of the Word of God – only. And lose their God-dependance.
Believe me – it is very easily done.
We think we know something in the scriptures and of course we may well do, – but there is always more. We don’t learn things off-pat. We shall always need fresh illumination.
Often, and this is my point, we learn the same things again and again, but at a deeper – much deeper, level.
So that it is the same truth – but in a new way, by virtue of the enlightenment supplied by The Holy Spirit.
So maybe it’s nothing new we are hearing – yet God makes all things new.
A close relationship with The Lord adds illumination to what we already know, but we find ourselves entering more fully into His eternal truth, and our knowledge of truth is increased. Not necessarily as a ‘new’ doctrine, but also as a new experience of previous truth.
We are energised to know more. We see into the things of God at a deeper level, we grasp the old in a new way. We see it more fully than before.
The love of God comes by revelation from heaven. That’s why the scripture exhorts us to increase in the knowledge of God, increase in our revelation of His Love, grow in His grace.
All this expresses ‘the more’ of God. The going-on to perfection. Growing in Grace and knowledge OF HIM. Notice the learning – the knowledge – is of a Person!
We can be aware of these weightier matters, but need ongoing, increased awareness of them, not as something never encountered before, in other words ‘new’, but rather as things we become more deeply affected by.
These truths deepen, as they come to us in God’s renewal by The Holy Spirit.
Now of course we can experience both, ie. things we have never seen before, and brought to us by The Lord. But again, things we have known before, brought to us in a new way.
It’s not easy to match up our desire to be certain of the things of God, with the lack of know-how of how to obtain that certainty. There is only One who can supply deep assurance.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Notice with understanding there comes fuller assurance.
I Thessalonians 1/5
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
And notice who supplies the ‘much assurance’!
Do you know anything about much assurance regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I’ve got news for you – only He can supply that knowledge and that assurance.