Obedient Steps of Faith – BT12
Faith does NOT come from ‘seeing’ bible verses either, only Jesus – don’t limit your faith!
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Paul makes it clear in 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, since Christians are NOW the “epistole handwritten letters of God, written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of ink but by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit of the living God on human hearts (a) . . . we are ministers of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant, absolutely-in-fact-NOT of [singular] gramma writing (b) but instead of [singular] Spirit, for the gramma writing (b) kills, but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life. . . . but their minds were hardened for to this very day, whenever they read the old covenant, the same veil (c) remains unlifted . . . yes, to this very day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts . . . Now the Lord [Jesus] is the Spirit and/coupled where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [from the Law]. . . but we [Christians] with unveiled faces, as we are routinely katoptrizo ‘gazing with wide-open eyes as into a mirror’ the glory of the Lord [Jesus] are presently/ongoingly being metamorphically-transformed-into the same image, from [one level of] glory to [another level of] glory, just-as away-from the Lord [Jesus], [singular] Spirit.” Transformation doesn’t come from bible-study, especially of Moses’ writings or anything based on the Law, but from the Spirit by staring at Jesus, which is prophetic vision – see Prophetic-Rhema and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7 and – BT11. <Notes> a) cf. Romans 2:15, 10:8-9; Jeremiah 17:1, 31:33 cited in Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, b) in context, not just the Mosaic writings of first 5 books of the OT or the Pentateuch, but particularly the old covenant or Law – see Logos Word of God – BT4, c) the veil over Moses’ face hide God’s glory at the giving of the Law from the people because they were afraid, but also because Moses didn’t want them to see that it was “fading away,” I believe because he had trouble leading them all along.
The bible is something you can ‘see,’ but didn’t Paul say we are to be “in-possibility-NOT to routinely skopeo ‘attentively observe, contemplate, or take heed with scrutiny’ the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ but instead the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ for the things routinely blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ are temporary? However, the things in-possibility-NOT blepo ‘physically seen with our eyes’ [are] eternal” (a) . . . for we presently/ongoingly walk-all-around dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith, absolutely-in-fact-NOT dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of eidos ‘outward, visible appearance of what is physically seen” (b)” (c). We are NOT supposed to be “routinely aphorao ‘attentively looking away from all else to fix our distinct gaze upon in order to correctly discern” the bible, but upon “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith” (d). <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, b) although derived from eido, eido is most often used of prophetic, visionary, mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/understand/know, c) 2 Corinthians 5:7, d) Hebrews 12:2.
So, if you read the bible, don’t get stuck with what you physically ‘see’ – ask the Lord to show you what is NOT visible, for ‘a picture is worth a 1000 words,’ and based on the last BLOG on hearing, ask the Lord to akouo hear/listen-to-understand/know what He has to say instead of 2000-3500 year old writers of the bible. You do know that many of the writers claim no inspiration or even mention when they are interjecting their opinions? However, when I am “in the Spirit,” the Lord ‘downloads’ volumes to me between words and lines, and He will for you if you ask with trusting-relying-faith! Only your faith limits your experience!
You get from the Lord pretty much only what you have trusting-relying-faith to handle – if just the bible, then that’s only what you get! We will see in Obedient Steps of Faith – BT5, that elpis hope or “expectant trusting-relying-faith for future events” is based on the level of your trusting-relying-faith NOW. Is your trusting-relying-faith limited to relying on God to speak to you only through a bible of men’s writings who once had first-hand contact with God, but long after this fact were loosely collected by many other men, many who were no longer directly in contact with God, especially if you read the early Church writings to see that many were very politically motivated? Then that is YOUR limitation. If you can still do this after finding out that countless manuscripts having been lost or destroyed by the ravages of time and warring invasions, and that scholars are still arguing over what the actual text is from those we have found, let alone an accurate translation of them, then that’s YOUR limitation and you get what your trusting-relying-faith can accept! Your reality is limited by your faith! If you simply don’t believe these facts I’ve stated, start using Wikipedia and other scholarly resources to dig into these topics: Bible Manuscripts, Textual Variants, Textual Criticism, Bible Translation, and Bible Canon. You will be absolutely shocked that many of YOUR views of the bible gathered from pulpit and Christian book tidbits are not based on much fact! Of course, God can always make a rock, a donkey, the hard-hearted high priest Caiaphas speak for Him, even a 2000-3500 year old bible – see Bible Info and Obedient Steps of Faith – BT7.
However, God’s preference is for us to have trusting-relying-faith and by that to relentlessly ask, seek, and knock, looking with eager expectation for His answer. He wants to koinonia partner with us! If you have trusting-relying-faith in God’s promised-Spirit that you can akouo hear-to-understand/know first-hand prophetic rhema words just as much as the original writers did, even from such verses about “the promises” of the Spirit (a), then that’s exactly what you will get also! Our trusting-relying-faith is the only thing that limits our genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge with God! <Notes> a) Acts 1:4, 2:17-18, 33, 39.
So instead of all this complicated study, you could take amazingly easy, childlike, obedient steps of faith to better understand The Truth: You can go “boldly before the throne of unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” (a) and “routinely be asking, seeking, and knocking until you receive, until you find, and until the door is opened” (b), in order that “the eyes of your heart to be enlightened, that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know ” (c) in order that “you might definitively/wholly be filled with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of His will by-the-means-of all-kinds-of Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and related sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding” (d). That is really the ‘easy button!’ The NT does not have much positive to say about bible-students of their day but does about being like a child (e). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:16, b) Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-19, c) Ephesians 1:18, d) Colossians 1:9, e) Matthew 11:25, 18:3, 19:14; Luke 10:21; John 5:39-40.