LITERAL WORD OR SPIRITUAL?
Is the Bible first of all a literal word or a spiritual word? If one takes whatever is written as literal, then there are numerous problems.
Without the Spirit’s enlightenment, the following doesn’t make any kind of sense. Job tells us about “when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Stars singing together, that makes no sense, Job 38:7
In Genesis 1 – a day, we understand is gauged by the earth going around the sun. There were three ‘days’ before the sun was created on the fourth day. A little tricky wouldn’t you say.
We read in Isaiah 55:12‘trees clapping their hands and mountains singing’.
Picture that if you can. 2 Peter 3:8 states that one day = 1000 years! That’s actually stretching it! These are just a few examples of God showing us the words are interpreted by His Spirit so we can understand what He is actually saying. Do we take them as literal or spiritual?
OF THE WORD IN THE SPIRIT
God shows us plainly that things that took place naturally had certain spiritual significance for us.
I Corinthians 10:1-4 … Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
(2) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
(3) And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
(4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Well does that mean? God states when they ate the manna, these people ate spiritual food and also when they drank the water from the rock, they drank spiritual drink! They at the time really didn’t understand that, yet, God has ultimately unveiled the meaning to us.
‘LOGOS’ & ‘RHEMA’
These two words are both translated ‘word’ in English, yet they have various definitions which is important to identify for this supports growth, wisdom, as well as our understanding.
LOGOS = the ‘word’ which contains the full intent of the speaker.
RHEMA = the ‘word’ from the LOGOS that is presently being spoken to the hearer.
JESUS ALWAYS SPEAKS WITH PARABLES
Matthew 13:34 Whenever Jesus addressed the crowds, he always spoke in allegories. He never spoke without using parables. As we see from the scripture accounts in the parables, Jesus always needed to offer enlightenment to His hearers because without it they were no different from those who just just had an all-natural mind.
Today He makes use of ‘types as well as shadows’ like parables … we need the insight of the Lord to understand His plans and also move in His enabling provision.
WE NEED HELP!
It is not by education and learning but rather by revelation that we gain an understanding … otherwise, then why did God say through Paul, not many wise are chosen! I Corinthians1:26-30
The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, John 14:26. That being so, it doesn’t leave much room for individuals because they have actually been to school!
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Spirit words of life originate from the mind of Christ, the Living Word.
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. (31) And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. (45) Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
One’s capability to read is not enough to understand God’s purposes as well as His ways, we need to see through the teacher’s viewpoint.
HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING
John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ‘Darkness’ relates to being ignorant and having a lack of knowledge while ‘light’ relates to discovery or revelation. All-natural religious thinking is without spiritual insight and understanding.