22 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
There are people out there searching.
Some know what they are searching for – others do not.
Some have a clear idea that the spiritual is real, and choose to examine or study comparative religions.
Some seek spiritual experiences through drugs. Some become fascinated with anything that ‘amazes’ in the category of magic.
Others have a philosophical turn of mind and move from one manifesto to another in a search for conclusions about life and the afterlife.
Some swing towards the highly emotional, while others lean on the intellect.
My search ended at my bedside, at the age of twenty, where in brokenness I found Jesus Christ through the Person of The Holy Spirit.
The experience was tangibly real and unmistakeable.
Many have similarly become Christians through such an experience. Normally referred to as ‘being born again’.
Experience-oriented confessions, can lend themselves to criticism, if they are not based on the result of a solid and inerrant examination by the microscope belonging to The King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Bible is a collection of writings that exist as a result of God and man co-operating, in which co-operation – God took the initiative.
Everything in the realm of spiritual experience for the Christian, must be scrutinised by this Word of God. There is much we could say about this.
Some Christians have not experienced The Holy Spirit in the same way as other Christians, more accurately stated as: ‘not as intensely’.
But at the same time all may genuinely belong to Christ.
So when we say ‘experienced’, even in this we are in for misunderstanding, among other fellow believers. It’s easy to misunderstand each other when referring to or sharing our own subjective reality.
Those who have genuinely experienced God in their life, can find themselves in unsought conflict with other believers who have not had a similar powerful experience.
Truth is – unless we experience the anointing of God in a ‘Pentecostal’ way (not referring to denominational preference by the term) chances are – we will treat with suspicion, anything or anyone who speaks in ‘Pentecostal’ jargon, or who seem to emphasise the supernatural.
I often use the illustration of the the swimming instructor who teaches others how to swim from a manual of instruction, written by an olympic champion/expert.
As a result others learn to swim as he stands at the side of the pool shouting expert instructions on how best to learn.
Only to eventually be exposed as not being actually able to swim experientially himself.
Suddenly at the end of the course the now – swimming pupils know by experience – more than the instructor.
If we do not experience the experience experienced by the one with the experience – how can we really affirm it’s authenticity?😎
Answer – if it’s in the Word of God – then we at least must give them the benefit of the doubt.
As Christians, we mature and grow if we worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH – these (i.e. spirit and truth) must be inseparable if we are to progress and be transformed from glory to glory, as by The Spirit of God – which works to make us more like the Altogether Lovely One we serve! (II Corinthians 3/18)
‘No one has it all!’ – is a saying I have heard over the years. And it is true both intellectually and experientially. There is always more to be revealed from holy writ, and there is always more to receive from the moving of The Holy Spirit in our lives as believers.
We aught to learn from each other, holding firm to what we have been assured of, and at the same time, remaining open to the revelation other believers have received.
Referring to our opening scripture we read:-
and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
The Son of God, makes a choice and reveals The Father by revelation of The Holy Spirit.
Every time we commune with God, there is an opportunity for the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened further.
Opportunity to have a greater spiritual experience of getting to know our Heavenly Father through His Son.
The level of intensity varies. But He is our Life. We need him now. We shall know Him fully in the afterlife.
God is love – but we must embrace that love, acting on the promises of God. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you! (James 4/8)