Bible Info – BT3
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Because I was a straight-A student in so many classes from 5 bible colleges (a), maybe enough for a Masters in Divinity degree in Exegetical Theology, my training is to do very long, exhaustive studies on biblical topics referencing every bible verse and excerpt from Church history. I wanted to be absolutely sure about what I believed and spoke about. So you will see a lot of this from various studies I’ve done over many years. However, the Lord really delivered me from this obsession a couple of years ago, believe it or not! He showed me that the scholarly “way” to know Him through “painstakingly searching the scriptures supposing that in them I might lay hold of zoe genuine-life eternal” (b) and accumulating this gnosis info-knowledge about God only “puffs your head up” (c), and my study “table” also turned out to be a “trap or snare” like it did from the scribes and Pharisees who rolled out their scrolls to compare, contrast, study, and debate them – and their study came with a “retribution” or curse of “darkened eyes and bent backs forever” with “a spirit of stupor” (d) – see New Covenant Ways – BT17. So you won’t see as much of that from me nowadays, I sure hope! <Notes> a) Calvary Chapel Bible College, Moody Bible Institute, Southwest Bible College, Arizona Christian University, and Fuller Theological Seminary, b) John 5:39, c) 1 Corinthians 8:1, d) Psalms 69:22-23; Romans 11:9-10.
Once I found out that the NT actually points Christians away from ALL this gnosis info-knowledge toward prophetic visionary eido ‘seeing’ knowledge and toward directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of God in order to gain the Holy Spirit’s connect-the-dots sunesis understanding, then apply this correctly by God’s revelational sophia wisdom, and that this only comes through a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God, I finally could ask the Lord to break my trusting-relying-faith (a) in bible study and instead put my trusting-relying-faith in direct communication with Him through directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words and eido mental ‘seeing” to perceive/know visions and dreams. It’s been a growing process with a few obedient steps of faith forward and then one back, but the Lord is moving me forward. As I do move forward, I’m getting dreams, visions, and directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words almost daily, some of which I will share with you. The difference between what I had even 1 year ago with bible study and now with direct revelation from God is a night and day experience that I desire for you all. Jesus, “Open their eyes to eido ‘see’ to perceive/know and open their hearts to feel to genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know You, Amen!” <Notes> a) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance.
Then why am I including a lot of bible study and Church history in this BLOG website? Because I realize that many of you are exactly where I was a few years ago! I wanted biblical proof for everything or I just wouldn’t believe it! So although I would rather just share with you all that God has personally communicated (b) to me, sadly many of you just won’t believe it. Your level of trusting-relying-faith just isn’t there yet, and I totally understand. The NT writers expressed this same frustration, wanting to give their readers “solid food” as if they were “Spirit-kind-of [people],” but actually having to go back to infant’s “milk” as if they were just born-again out of the world if being “flesh-kind-of [people]” (a). <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 3:1-2; Hebrew 5:12-13, b) see Prophetic Rhema and Knowledge pages.
But as Christian musicians, I can say from experience that if you stay in the limited paradigm/mindset of “trusting-relying-faith in bible study to know God,” no matter how sure you are of it, as I once was, it will keep you “snared and trapped” and “your eyes will stay darkened and your backs bent forever” with “a veil that will remain to harden your heart” (e). Your stubbornness will keep you from experiencing zoe genuine-life by the Spirit (a). If you can’t get out of the “might and power” flesh circle of skill and intellectual prowess, you can’t get into the circle of “in/by/with My Spirit” (b). You have to surrender control of the former to embrace the latter! But, like the apostle Paul in this respect for your sake, “I will become all things to all people that by all means I might save (c) some” (d). <Notes> a) Romans chapter 8; John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6 b) Zechariah 4:6, c) soteria: rescue, restore, heal, d) 1 Corinthians 9:22, e) 2 Corinthians 3:7-17.
What is your experience with all of this as a Christian musician?