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Devotional - week of September 23, 2007


GOD'S REVELATION OF HIS PREPARATION

 

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

 

Often a person reads verse nine without reading verse ten. The result is believing that we still do not know the things God has prepared for us. Verse nine is understood, then, as referring only to life in heaven.

 

Reading verse ten with verse nine changes a person’s understanding of verse nine. God has revealed through His Spirit the things He has prepared for those who love Him.

 

Galatians 1:15-17 is an important passage concerning God’s revelation to his children. It reads:

 

But when it pleased God … to reveal His Son in me…I went to Arabia …

 

Christ had been in Paul since his Damascus road experience but Paul did not know that Jesus was in him until he went to Arabia. Galatians 2:20 enlarges the revelation that God gave to Paul in Arabia. It reads:

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me …

 

The revelation God gave to Paul was that Christ was in him and he was in Christ crucified, buried, and resurrected.

 

Those who experience, understand, and teach the truths of being in union with Christ become accustomed to their listeners saying, “Why have I never heard this before?”

 

Most of us who teach the truths of our union with Christ had the same question when we first understood the message. In time, we realized that even though a person reads about his oneness with Christ in the Scriptures, he will not grasp the message until God reveals it to him.

 

God first revealed these truths to Paul. He graciously reveals these truths to others of His children through His word by the Holy Spirit. Teachers of this message must depend on the Holy Spirit to reveal the message to those they teach.