Thursday, February 5, 2015
Understanding the Scriptures
Understanding and WISDOM comes from God alone. We do not gain UNDERSTANDING of the Scriptures, the Bible, through our own studies or through the explanations of other people. It is only when the Holy Spirit reveals the true meaning to us that we really start understanding the Scriptures.
The disciples of Jesus followed Him for three and a half years and listened to Him, they heard His words, they saw everything that He did but they still did not understand the scriptures. They were frightened when Jesus appeared to them after His death and resurrection, they thought He was a ghost. They were amazed and frightened when they heard that some of them had seen Jesus alive after His death and resurrection. We read in Luke 24:36 “While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” 37But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. 38And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39“See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; 43and He took it and ate it before them.
44Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45THEN HE OPENED THEIR MINDS TO UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES, 46and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48“You are witnesses of these things. 49“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:36-49.
He opened their minds to understand the scriptures. Only then did they UNDERSTAND and then He commanded them to stay in Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit which He had promised, Who would teach them and guide them into all truth. We cannot understand the Scriptures from our own mind, our own understanding and insight or from what other people tell us. We cannot understand the mysteries of God, neither SEE the Kingdom of God unless it is REVEALED to us by the Holy Spirit, but we need to RECEIVE the Holy Spirit, we need to receive WISDOM FROM GOD. Human wisdom cannot explain the mysteries of God. We need the baptism in the Holy Spirit and we need to be led by the Holy Spirit and then we will UNDERSTAND the Scriptures.
If you want UNDERSTANDING you have to ask Jesus to open your mind and give you WISDOM, then you will UNDERSTAND the Scriptures.
May Jesus bless you.