Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and He Will Shew You Things To Come. He shall glorify me: FOR HE SHALL RECEIVE OF MINE, AND SHALL SHEW IT UNTO YOU.(Jn. 16:13-14)
We give thanks to the Father of Mercies who in His infinite wisdom answered some unuttered prayers in 2015, but more interestingly, hasn’t answered some of our prayers in the interest of our eternal salvation.
Man has been subject to the bondage of corruption (disobedience) and his greatest genuine need is to be free to serve God and give an interpretation to His will (Lk. 1:74/1Jn. 1:2)! The enemy knows this quite well so he has crafted ways of seeking freedom that seems right to men and to nations but would enable him accuse them before God and also limit them with an independent spirit.
Once upon a time in eternity past, faith was unborn! Somewhere along the line, however, the divine love nature of the triune God acknowledged the need to declassify the secrets of Their separation (Rom. 1:1) and of Their eternal essence (Gen. 1:26/Heb. 1:3) to one of the least aspects of Their creation (by make) - man.
Once upon a time, John as a disciple and an apostle in the book of Acts carried out exploits that the church direly needed and still celebrate, but he remained unaware of the actual exploits of those who know their God (Dan. 11:32) until he kept various appointments with grace and mercy, where he received the central message and the key emphasis of the New Testament – “GOD IS LIGHT”!
A humble way to relate with the declarations of the New Testament is to always acknowledge that we know it not as we ought (1Cor. 8:2), and by approaching the epistles of the apostles this way, Christ-like change becomes inevitable because we would be positioned to receive much more comfort (coming forth) of the Holy Spirit who helps in comparing spiritual with spiritual and in paraphrasing the holy scriptures beyond the letters.
Barely beholding the behavior of infants (little children) would remind us of how unnatural it is to see adults who are child-like at heart or children of the kingdom! When we thus see someone who struggles to forgive, offends habitually, pays lip service to repenting, is burdened by the cares and fears of tomorrow, would rather be independent than dependent, or who disregards order/spiritual authority, we have simply witnessed a conversation of an adult at heart rather than that of a child at heart. The course of this world has been subtly causing such a one to “grow old” rather than “grow young” (Ps. 110:3/103:5)
David, in his childlike nature, found himself wondering why God’s mind was full of man because after all, man’s mind was full of everything but God (Ps. 8:2-6/139:17-18). Child abuse and drug abuse were most likely not rampant in his day, but pleasure abuse definitely was.
Great mercy comes our way the day the Lord confronts our theology concerning a long held notion that says, “Adam was made in the image of God”, and the Lord does so by comforting us with truth which says “Man was made in the image of God”. The first Adam was called to attain God’s image and likeness but didn’t, and the first man to do so was the last Adam (1Cor. 15:45c/Heb. 1:3).
If the Godhead is called The God of the Living, The Son of the Living God and The Spirit of the Living God respectively (Mk 12:27/2Cor. 3:3/Matt. 16:16), then it is spiritually safe to agree that the first relationship and institution that God intended was with a living man, a breed of faith and love whose eternal walk with God was archived in the volume of the book; in the scriptures of truth (Heb. 10:7/Dan. 20:21).