“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: The spirit’s interpretation of a text will not contradict his revelation of that text in written form.
We have come to see clearly that in John 16:13 where Jesus said “the spirit will guide us into all truth”, he wasn’t implying a subjective spirit interpretation. From the explanations so far, it is clearly established that the spirit’s revelation has been written. The spirit reveals and instructs via the written word. Meaning, the written word is the spirit’s revelation to us, and not subjective spirit interpretation. Jesus’ promise in John 16:13 have thus been fulfilled in the writing of the epistles. Let’s observe Ephesians 3:3-5 again closely, “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the spirit”. It is important to note that in the above text, the word “revealed” used there does not refer to a personal revelation. Reading in contexts, Ephesians 1, you will discover that the revelation was referring to the revelation in the mind.
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17-18). He prayed for revelation; that their minds would be open to understand what is written. So, the spirit’s revelation of the scriptures will not contradict the written word because the written word is his revelation to us. Take note: It suffices therefore to say that in bible interpretation, the kind of interpretation given to a text by the reader is dependent primarily on the principles or methods used in arriving at that interpretation. We can thus say that every rule of literature, grammatical construction of words as well as language structure will become applicable. Why do we say so? We will see it in the next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: The written word is enough, stay with it.
PRAYER: I declare that my mind is sharpened; my eyes of understanding are opened to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: To diffuse the authors’ intent in the scriptures, infuse your intents into the scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3