I CORINTHIANS 2:11-12: “For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God.” TLV
OBSERVATION: How much do I really know? Isn’t it an irony that the older we get the less we know. We may have gained some life wisdom along the way, but when we compare that to all that we do not know, and all that remains to be known, it seems but a single grain of sand on the vast oceans of life.
When we are very young we think we know a great deal. Our vista of life and of God is very limited. John talks about the young man who knows the Word and is overcoming the enemy. This is an important stage in our spiritual development that brings us past the initial stages of salvation. However, when we compare this to what John calls “knowing God”, it pales in comparison.
- “I have written to you, children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the One who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” 1 John 2:14 TLV
Who can really know God? Who can pierce the heavenlies into the wisdom and nature of the Creator? Who can know the mind and will of God? How can a finite creature ever grasp and understand the infinite God? Paul tells us in these wonderful verses!
- “For who among men knows the things of a man, except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the things of God except the Ruach Elohim. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God—so we might come to know the things freely given to us by God.”
The Ruach Elohim, the Spirit of God, He is the one who knows and fully understands the mind, will, and nature of the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. And He has been given to us. Each believer is endued with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and is invited to walk in His overflowing power through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is through this anointing and this communion that we gain insight into God’s eternal will and purposes for our life!
Have you ever been somewhere where they had a very slow internet connection. You try to check your emails, or surf the web, only to be frustrated because it seems that the data you need is traveling to you via snail mail rather than the World Wide Web? This is the same frustration that we encounter when we walk after our own understanding and fail to receive the wonderful insight that God freely wants to give us through the Holy Spirit. My own understanding – a dial up connection to the internet. The Holy Spirit giving me revelation – the highest speed connection known to man!
As I get older I realize how much I really do not know. Each day I am humbled by the wonder of God’s infinite love and power. As I realize and begin to explore the height, width, breadth, and depth of His love, I recognize my limited understanding of His love and nature. Yet, as I realize this I also hunger to know Him more. I do not want to simply know Him as Savior, Healer, and Provider. I want to know Him as ABBA Father, Creator, and Lord. I want to partner with Him in His divine purposes for my life and the life of others. I want His Kingdom to come to me on earth as it is in heaven!
Lord, this morning I confess to you how much I do not know. Yet, I hunger to know You more. Pour out the Ruach Elohim (Holy Spirit) upon my life anew! Help me to walk in the spirit of wisdom and revelation of Your will, Your nature, and Your purposes. Help me to grow up in my faith so that I can know the reality of John’s words,
- “I have written to you, fathers, because you have known the One who is from the beginning.”
In Jesus Name!