Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Human Willingness In Illumination Principle
The Human Willingness In Illumination Principle The Principle of Human Willingness in Illumination is that principle by which God's Truth is guaranteed to willing souls. (John 7:17) The Bible reveals that man's understanding is blinded by sin and that only God can open man's eyes. Only the Holy Spirit can unveil the truth. The Holy Spirit, only, gives the understanding. "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." I Corinthians 2:14. Although Simon Peter was with Jesus Christ 3 years, the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God had to be revealed to him by God. "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven," Matthew 16:16, 17. Man cannot understand the deep mysteries unless they are revealed by God, for man is blind. "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father, save the Son, and he to whosoever the Son will reveal him," Matthew 11:25-27.ISAIAH 29:10-18-A learned man and an unlearned man find the Word sealed to them. Why? Because of sin the Word is sealed to them! There must he an intellectual honesty on the part of man, and he must say, "THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD." You must, yourself, submit to it. TRUTH IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT! If this statement is not true, then those of you who have been taught Mormonism, Unitarianism, etc., bow to their teachings as being the truth. In the Universities, Modernism is truth, but this is not so. Remember, TRUTH IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT! CAIN AND ABEL-Most people have been taught, and thus believe, that the reason why God chose one and rejected the other was that Abel was a good man and Cain was a bad man. This is false! Neither was good; they were both bad; they both offered sacrifices for their sin. A fallen man (Adam) cannot beget an unfallen man. God accepted Abel because of his FAITH, FAITH in the right kind of sacrifice, a sacrifice of blood. God rejected Cain because of his UNBELIEF - UNBELIEF in the blood of a lamb. The Bible is the WORD OF TRUTH, and thus, IT must be rightly divided. Do not ever take any man's word for anything. The teacher can never take the veil off your eyes; only the Holy Spirit can do this. When one comes to the WORD, he must come as a learner: Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Don't be like Peter when the Lord said, "I must be crucified," Peter said, "No." Jesus answered, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Sir Thomas Blackwood has given this outline: 1. Admit Let the Word of God in. Have an open heart for its truth. Preconceived errors only pave the way to more errors. 2. Submit There must be willingness to obey it. “If any man do his will, he shall know...” (John 7:17). 3. Commit The Word must be memorized. It can then be used as an offensive weapon of the Christian, the Sword of the Spirit. 4. Transmit One cannot afford to hoard it; it must be shared; it must be delivered; it must be preached.