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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Corinthians 2:11-15
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. 14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
Spiritual instruction can be helped along by people, but the Holy Spirit is the true tutor in such things. Consider a seminary grad, or better yet, a professor at a spiritually-dry seminary. He may be able to tell you which manuscript this part of Exodus came from but not be able understand the day-to-day movings of God for his spiritual antennae aren't there. Theologians who can recite the Bible backwards aren't any good if they deny basic truths contained in it. Book learning is good; as a college professor, I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't believe so. However, it only does a little bit of the job of creating a fully-functioning Christian. The rest is done by living out what is said within, by prayer and contemplation. Meditating on the Word isn't easy for me or most moderns, who live in a world where immediate gratification takes too long. However, those that wait upon the Lord will be blessed.

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