THE HOLY SPIRIT AS SPIRIT KNOWLEDGE
“…all that has been done by God the Father and by God the Son will be of no value to us unless the Spirit reveals these things to our souls” Charles Spurgeon (ref#34, Feb 29thPM).
“’What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God”(1 Cor 2:9-10 ESV).
“…our conviction of the truth of Scripture must be derived from a higher source than human conjectures, judgments, or reasons; namely, the secret testimony of the Spirit” John Calvin (ref#113, p33).
“When the Holy Spirit…comes, he shall guide you into all truth. For he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard….” (John 16:13 TLB).
“God’s truth comes to us through three essential processes: revelation, inspiration, and illumination” Carol Ruvolo (ref#228, p70).
“Revelation involves the actual disclosure of God’s truth…” Carol Ruvolo (ref#228, p70). “By revelation is understood those truths made known by supernatural means, because they lie beyond the power of man to discover” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p102).
“Inspiration is concerned with the means and processes by which these truths are made known” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p102). “…inspiration has to do with recording divine revelation perfectly and completely…” Carol Ruvolo (ref#228, p70).
“…illumination is what enables us to understand that truth” Carol Ruvolo (ref#228, p70). “…The Bible can neither be accounted for nor interpreted but by His [the SPIRIT’s] guidance…Revealed truth can be known only through the Revealer” Samuel Chadwick (ref#195, p15, brackets mine).
FATHER, since human reasoning is my default way of thinking, I ask Your help that I may train myself to be aware of the SPIRIT’s activity in giving the Truth. I recognize my head knowledge has no ability to spawn appropriate spiritual actions.