Knowledge – BT6
Jesus’ method of training us to get knowledge or skill is completely different-in-kind
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Jesus rejected the traditional rabbinic training method for disciple-making through study and debate of scripture and the writings of other rabbis, instead saying: “My yoke (a) is ongoingly easy (b) and My burden (c) to carry is ongoingly light (d)” (e). This approach is made just right for little children that can’t read or remember to do much! Little children are made just right for the “One Leader” Christ and the “One Teacher” Holy Spirit (f) who would “guide them into all The Truth” (g) and “teach them all things” (h). This is “the Spirit of The Truth” (i), the “anointing by the Holy One who gives you ALL knowledge . . . that abides in you so that you have absolutely in fact no need that anyone should teach you, for His anointing actually, ongoingly teaches you about ALL things, is trustworthy and can’t lie, just as it (the anointing) has already taught you to remain in Christ” (j). <Notes> a) a training harness, b) kind, good, useful, better, c) of commandments, rules, etc., d) as a wind blows clouds, e) Matthew 11:30, f) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10, g) John 16:13, h) John 14:26, i) John 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 1 John 4:6, j) 1 John 2:20, 27.
Paul tells us the process of how Christians were to have “learned (a) Christ” – “1) You have already heard about Him (b), 2) and were already taught in/by/with Him, inasmuch (c) The Truth is in/by/with Jesus” (d). Paul is saying that he may have preached the gospel, but it was definitely Jesus that personally taught them the following: “1) to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and 2) to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and 3) to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” If we don’t listen to Christ directly teach us by His Holy Spirit, there is just no chance for His “righteousness and holiness.” It’s that simple! <Notes> a) manthano: been informed of, came to understand, became knowledgeable of, b) likely from Paul’s preaching, c) just as, to the degree that, d) Ephesians 4:20-24.
Therefore, the only universal spiritual “devotions” for Christians not directly involving the 12 apostles in the 1st century that are left standing for us in the 21st century are: to God (a), to Christian koinonia fellowship and/coupled the breaking of bread together (b), to the service of the saints (c), to every good work in Christ (d), but clearly the most references are to devotion to proseuche conversational-prayer (e). It’s obvious what the emphasis of our “devotion” should be to – proseuche conversational-prayer, which is waiting, watching, and listening for the Lord to speak directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words! It’s not about “WHAT you know but WHO you know.” Isn’t it strange that the modern Church doesn’t have the same priorities? <Notes> a) Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13, b) their “love feasts” and “remembrance of the Lord’s sacrifice” – Acts 2:42, 46, 20:7; Jude 1:12; 1 Corinthians 10:16, c) 1 Corinthians 16:15, d) 1 Timothy 5:10, e) Luke 11:5-9, 18:1, 21:36; Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; Romans 12:12; 1 Corinthians 7:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2.
“The Truth” in the NT is absolutely not more scriptural knowledge “WHATs” to know about, but Jesus WHO to personally know, who is the aletheia “actual absolute reality or expression” of God. “The Truth” about God “is in/by/with Jesus” (a), precisely because “Jesus is The Truth” (b), just as “The Spirit of Christ is The Truth” (c). “The Truth that shall actually set you free” in John 8:31-32 that Jesus speaks of isn’t His teachings or OT graphe scripture or any future NT gramma writings, but “The Son sets you free” in verse 36. In referring to Christ’s arrival, John 1:14-17 contrasts “The Torah Law of conditional-favor given thru-the-realizing-channel-of Moses, but The Unconditional-Favor-of-Grace and The Truth came into existence thru-the-realizing-channel-of Jesus Christ.” Grace and Truth are personified! Learning more about Jesus through OT prophecies, NT writings, or reading extra-biblical sources can only make you a fan, but like baseball fans who know all the stats about a player, these fans won’t ever really know their hero until they have had many direct, one-on-one, personal conversations with them. So it is with Jesus! As Christian musicians, you really can’t play anointed, prophetic, and even spontaneous music until you do, and have surrendered control to Him by letting Him play His music through you. And this takes a very real personal relationship of trusting-relying-faith. <Notes> a) Ephesians 4:21, b) John 14:6, c) 1 John 5:6; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Consequently, there is so much written in the NT about COMING TO the “WHO” of JESUS through routine, devoted, waiting, watching, listening proseuche conversational-prayer, even by His Spirit’s help (a), even by tongues as opposed to only by the understanding of your own mind (b) as many today have sadly settled with. Proseuche conversational-prayer is different than simply giving God our list of petitions or deesis supplications (c), though this is also important, especially for routinely asking for the good grace-gift of the Holy Spirit for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done (d). <Notes> a) Romans 8:26, b) 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Corinthians 14:13-15; Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2, c) Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1, d) Luke 11:1-13.
As Christian musicians, proseuche conversational-prayer in koinonia fellowship with the Lord is really the key for a musician wanting to hear by the Spirit how to co-create anointed, prophetic, and even spontaneous music! You can’t give out through your playing what you haven’t received. You can try to fake it “in the flesh” with your own “might and power,” but it won’t be real – you know it and God knows it! Jesus stated in John 17:3: “Zoe genuine-life only comes by experientially, relationally ginosko knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ who He sent.” Our focus must not be on “WHAT notes to play for God” but on “WHO is playing them through us.”