2 types of knowledge – human-acquired and the Spirit’s prophetic revelation
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1. Acquired by the work of man’s human, fleshly, “might and power” external resources and internal abilities, so it is a human-kind-of knowledge.
2. Received by the grace-gift of God through prophetic-rhema words from the Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit, so it is a Spirit-kind-of knowledge. This is exactly what Zechariah 4:6’s prophecy said about the completely different-in-kind New (a) Covenant Way that God was switching to: “Absolutely not in fact or possibility (c) in/by/with might nor in/by/with power but instead in/by/with My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts (b).” That is the strongest absolute negative possible – it’s like God bolding, CAPPING, and underlining it! God is commanding His people to move away from human-kind-of knowledge of God and His will to a Spirit-kind-of knowledge of Him and His will, because the old way was a disaster due to “weakness of the flesh” – see Identity. <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) or ‘ruler of all’, c) ou me.
Human-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, sunesis connect-the-dots understanding, and correctly applying all this through sophia wisdom requires an enormous amount of “might and power,” which will always favor the “wise and learned” over the “little children” and the other uneducated “least among you.” Human gnosis info-knowledge is acquired through the ergon work/doing of reading, study, and keen observation, and then having this data rationally and logically understood by sunesis ‘connecting-of-the-dots’ induction, then using human sophia wisdom to figure out how to correctly apply this understanding. This is a lot of work, and so it is earned, merited, and conditional on your own prowess and determination – it’s perfect for the earned, merited, conditional-based Old Testament Torah or Law. This is the essence of the old covenant! But it’s all a “house of cards” and many terrible things have been created by man as a result of their knowledge-errors, even terribly destructive “teachings of men and demons” (a). <Notes> a) Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7-8; 1 John 4:6; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:1.
However, God shows no partiality (a) and so neither should we (b)! Not only are the people on top of the human IQ hierarchy favored by this “might and power” knowledge, but there is every kind of translation and transmission error possible – see Bible Info. Our great God had no intention of continuing this utter disaster by carrying this forward into the completely different-in-kind New Covenant! <Notes> a) Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6, b) Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Timothy 5:21; James 2:1, 9.
Spirit-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, Spirit-kind-of sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding, and correctly applying all this through Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom requires absolutely no “might and power” of man because it is all received by trusting-relying-faith by the means/instrument of the Spirit via direct prophetic revelation! Thus it an unearned, unmerited, unconditional, grace-gift of knowledge, which is the essence of the completely different-in-kind New Covenant. Human-kind-of knowledge doesn’t require any relational koinonia fellowship with God, but Spirit-kind-of knowledge absolutely does!
Prophetic knowledge is a Spirit-kind-of gnosis info-knowledge, even a “treasury of the sophia wisdom and gnosis info-knowledge” (a) and “Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom (b) and/coupled sunesis connect-the-dots understanding” (b) of the Father’s mind that is then prophetically revealed through the Logos Message Communicator of God who is Christ (d), who thus speaks the Father’s mind with directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words of the Father and puts these together into logos messages that then focus on content for our understanding that Christ also speaks to us in/by/with His Spirit, even through us as logos messages of gnosis info-knowledge and sophia wisdom to others (d). <Notes> a) Colosians 2:3, b) Colossians 1:9, c) John 1:1, 1 John 1:1-2, d) 1 Corinthians 12:8.
All of this is prophetic-rhema by definition because it is all revealed from God by the means/instrument of the Spirit. It is not worked for, earned, or merited, but is a grace-gift received by trusting-relying-faith. Christ puts His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words together into logos messages to speak to us for us to sunesis understand, because we do NOT have to work to ‘connect-the-dots’ to get this understanding through human rational, logical, inductive reasoning, which takes sequitur connections between data points. I can’t tell you the number of times that the Lord “connected” completely non-sequitur data points, completely irrationally and illogically that had nothing to do with human inductive reasoning, to give me great sunesis understanding of many things in this BLOG website, even about drumming – see Spirit-Practice-Drums.
Prophetic knowledge of God’s gnosis information, sunesis understanding, and sophia wisdom by Christ’s directly-spoken/heard prophetic-rhema words put into spoken logos messages are revealed to us through 3 “realizing channels, conduits, interfaces, avenues, or ways” – this is the preposition dia often used throughout the New Testament. Another common phrase is en [to] pneumati in the dative case always means “by the means/instrument of [the] Spirit”– see Bible Info and Spirit-Baptism – BT6. Thus Spirit-power is the “realizing-channel or means/instrument” by which Christ speaks to us His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words as prophetic logos messages. This is how we essentially receive it:
1) akouo hearing/listening to understand/know
2) eido mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive to understand/know through visions and dreams
3) feeling to understand/know, specifically to progressively, experientially, relationally ginosko understand/know, and when the writers want to emphasis genuine “it’s-the-real-thing” knowledge, they will use epiginosko (verb) or epignosis (noun).
When we prophesy to others (a), we are also revealing prophetic knowledge that was directly-spoken/heard to us and revealed to our minds through the 3 “realizing channels, conduits, interfaces, avenues, or ways” above of hearing, seeing, and feeling “by the means/instruments of the Spirit.” Hopefully, we can simply convey this “as is” to others so that they can hear, see, and feel the prophetic revelation of God. <Notes> a) Acts 2:17-18, 19:6; 1 Corinthians 13:9, 14:1, 5-6, 24, 31, 39; Revelation 10:11, 11:3, 6.
As Christian musicians, do we want to be limited by what we already know or can know through acquiring more skill through study or lessons, or tap into the unlimited enabling-power of the Spirit for God’s skill to play through us? The old covenant is all about the former and the completely different-in-kind New Covenant is all about the latter! What are we putting our trusting-relying-faith in and what are we communicating to the congregation through our worship music? Do we want to be like reasoning bible-expert scribes or trusting, asking little children to hear, see, and feel God’s knowledge directly? Are we depending on our own “might and power” or prophetic revelation?
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