“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
Life is a tapestry. It is made of lights, darks, and colors of all sorts. There appears to be good and bad of all kinds bringing forth a picture; the message of our lives.
In the Old Testament, the believers saw only the back of the tapestry of God’s revelation. They could examine the elements of what God said, but the picture was not clear to them.
“When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” Ephesians 3:4-6.
Even looking at the front of the tapestry of the message of God can be difficult for some people. Peter talked about some of Paul’s writing being hard to understand, and that some people had twisted them. He warned the readers to not be drawn into beliefs that cannot be supported by the whole picture of the tapestry (2 Peter 3:15ff).
Even concentrating on the whole of the message of scripture is difficult… excuse me… I meant impossible for the intelligent man. “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” 2 Corinthians 2:13-14.
Understand the truth of the Message of God requires complete dependence upon Him, just as success in any area of the Christian life. A dependence and reliance on God’s Spirit to live through us and to teach us is not only the requirement, it is our calling.
“ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13.