There’s So Much More

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on His own; He will speak what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”  John 16:12-15.

Jesus knew His disciples wouldn’t absorb everything He had to tell them.  They were confused enough as it was with the information He’d given them that evening without adding more incomprehensible rhetoric to the deal.   Understanding when to speak is a gift of discernment.  Knowing how much another can grasp of what is said or what they can absorb due to their circumstances or state of mind is a priceless tool in reaching them.  As it was, they couldn’t handle more than “milk” truth, even though they’d traveled with Him for three solid years.  The conditioning of their culture, teachings of the spiritual leaders of the day and assumptions brought on by traditions or ignorance left them incapable of understanding at this point.  We “get it” for the most part because we had them to teach us; they got after a great deal of time spent in God’s word and with the Word of truth in the flesh, the Spirit guiding them the whole way.

Only the greatest pain strips away our self-imposed or culturally induced hardness to the truth.  The heart scaly and dry after so long without spiritual water to soften it up takes careful attention.  Throw too much water on dry ground and it will cause problems like flooding.  Let a truth sit for a time on the heart and it will act as a puddle on hard dirt.  Continuous rain on dry ground will cause disaster; rain at regular intervals will keep it soft so things can grow.

Sometimes less is more, as the saying goes.  My tendency has always been to inundate people with lots of information not realizing the impact lessens the more I cram in.  A word or two of truth on a constant basis is more effective than a deluge, for a storm of information just overwhelms us.  It does me, so I’m not sure why I do it to others except that I worry my time might be limited so I cram as much into one conversation as possible.

The Holy Spirit works in subtle, almost undetectable ways.  It’s one of the reasons He’s so hard to accept or see because constant gentle nudges in the right direction affect us stronger than a hard push.  The effect, of course, is that we eventually shut down or open up to Him.

His job is to guide us into all truth, right?

The Godhead is not divided, unlike much of the gods touted by other religions, who fight and seek to gain leverage over one another.  When the Spirit takes from what belongs to Jesus, He’s actually using what belongs to them all in concert.  The point being, of course, that they are agreed for they are ever united in purpose and will.  The Holy Spirit would continue the work Jesus began on earth by expounding and expanding the truth.  So it’s completely communal truth in the Godhead, which means they all own it in every sense of the word “own”.  While their roles might be different (though we can’t really define them with our limited grasp of who they are), they each perform a function to accomplish God’s will.

What Jesus said would have been extremely profound and revolutionary to the Gentile believers.  The gods they believed in before they accepted Christ were so divided their worshipers went to war over the argument.  Most likely because of our “godless” mindset in these contemporary times we don’t grasp the significance of Christ declaring the united purpose of the Godhead of which He was part, but it’s vital we understand what it means.  God the Father is united in purpose and will with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Knowing this changes our perspective of Scripture, and thus our understanding of what we read overall.

By expanding on the teachings of Jesus, the Holy Spirit took the disciples to deeper places than they could handle when Jesus walked with them.  They were given answers to mysteries that even with all our information today we miss out on due to the hardening of time and perversions of the text—or at least the meaning of it.  The Holy Spirit speaks to the heart using the Scripture as a foundation for our understanding of what is to come.  Taking from the teachings of Jesus to give us a reference point He begins building our spiritual house using solid blocks of truth.  If we are first submitted to God through Jesus Christ, we will submit to the word He spoke through prophets and His Son.

Perhaps this sounds like circular logic to some, and may be it is for I’m no intellectual or philosophical genius, but I don’t see it as a mindless whirling of ideology without purpose.  Rather, what is happening here is a a circle which is much like four people grasping hands to connect to each other through contact.  The truth flows through each and continues to strengthen and establish the unity of family of Jesus with God.  All of which grows the truth and expands its space within each heart to retain more of it.

The Spirit is here to guide us into all truth.

The first step, however, is to establish a foundation from the word of God, His Scripture, so that our foundation rests on a firm grasp of  His work throughout history and in His Son, Jesus Christ.  Without this foundation of the Word (both in the flesh and written) we won’t be able to get an accurate comprehension of what the Holy Spirit is saying.  First our perspective and basic understanding of God has to conform to the mind of Christ through the Word, then we can move to revelations and what some call “higher” truths.  Greater understanding, however, cannot be gained from just being “submitted” to the Holy Spirit without the Scriptures as our guiding light.  Any proclaimed “revelation” which doesn’t conform to the already established word of truth is at best questionable and at worst dangerously misguided.  Any truth that combines human truth where sin gets a free ride or denied contends with the Word of God and is therefore to be rejected.

My rule for discerning truth in Christ is whoever claims to be submitted to Him through the Holy Spirit must first be guided by the Scriptures which testify about Him.  If they aren’t willing to submit to the Scriptures, their claim to belonging to Christ and living in submission to the Spirit is bogus.

We, however, have the mind of Christ if we do what He says and study to show ourselves approved by God.

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One Response to “There’s So Much More”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    You’re right we must use Scripture as our basis to any revelation or discernment. The more we spend in the word the more is revealed.

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