WEDNESDAY July 11, 2018
Do Not Remain Ignorant
Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.
1 Corinthians 14:36-38
Paul reasoned with the Corinthians, “Are you the only spiritual ones? Does God only speak through you?” God speaks to everybody.
Guess what else Paul stated in these verses? He declared what he had written to the Corinthians was the Word of the Lord. God commanded it. The Lord was speaking to Paul, and it was important for the Corinthians to listen carefully. Paul also challenged them that, if they did not listen to God’s Word, then they would remain ignorant––bottom line.
In the 1950’s, many Baptist pastors were sent to seminary in Germany. When they left, they believed in the inspiration, revelation and illumination of God’s Word. Yet after graduating from college, they came back to the United States as non-believers––totally brainwashed that the Word of God was not God’s Word. These men went to Germany as Christians and came back not believing in the Bible.
We must not be ignorant concerning the Scriptures. It is important to know what the Bible declares concerning the Word of God:
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21).
Revelation is the act of communicating divine knowledge by the Spirit to the mind. Inspiration is the act of the same Spirit, controlling those who make the truth known.
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