From the Book “The Power of the spirit" by William Law (PART 2)
by David Leach
A Christian can only know God as His Holy Spirit reveals Him from His Word.
All truth about God must be revealed by God – and can only be known by a person’s heart.
Matt 11:25 Jesus said, "I thank You, Father...that You have hidden these things (about Yourself, God) from the wise and prudent (the intelligent and well educated) and have revealed them to babies (to Your little spiritual children)”.
John 3:27 A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
1 Cor 2:14 The natural man (and the human part of the Christian) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (and only received in the heart).
Acts 16:14 Lydia...who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed (hear, understand and believe) the things (God’s words) spoken by Paul.
Luke 24:45 Jesus opened their (the disciples) understanding (spiritual understanding, which is their hearts) so that they could comprehend the Scriptures.
Eph 3:3-4 (Paul) ...By revelation...by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ (it’s not directly knowable to our intellect)
God’s New Covenant with us is not His written word but His word made alive by His Spirit
2 Cor 3:6 (God) who made us able ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (to the written word).
1 Co 15:56 ...The strength of sin is the law (the written word without the Spirit).
Rom 6:16 ...Sin which results in death (to God - sin cannot be joined to righteousness)
Matt 23:15 Scribes and Pharisees (who preach the law)...a son of hell as yourselves.
2 Tim 4:3-4 ...They will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, having itching ears (for teachings favorable to their flesh), they will heap up for themselves teachers; and turn their ears away from the truth...to fables (like: you don’t need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to understand scripture).
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by (current) inspiration of God...
Prov 1:23 (God)...I will pour out my Spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.
3 simple requirements to receive the Holy Spirit – desire, obedience and belief of His word
Luke 11:13 (Jesus) ...How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask Him! (as in, who really, really want to be controlled by Him)?
Acts 5:32 ...The Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who (are willing to) obey Him.
Gal 3:2 Did you receive the Holy Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its (AMP) works, or by hearing (the Gospel promise of the Spirit) and believing it?