The leading this morning has been to respond to R, again (and to what he believes to be my un-biblical teaching), and to share this all with you too. This is about the Bible being A SEALED BOOK, even to believers. I hope that this blesses you. — D
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I will say, R, (because you seem to continually suggest that the Bible is the Word of God) that your understanding of this is still very limited. Let me put it to you this way – “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
I too used to think as you do, with still a very limited understanding of the Scriptures. Oh, I had read through the Bible many times at that point. I even carried a Bible with me most wherever that I went! Then one day when walking into a restaurant (carrying my Bible) the Lord spoke to me and said, “Do you think that you carry Me around in your hand?”
That really hit me. It was then that the Father revealed to me that “His Word” is the Expression of His very Thoughts and Mind, even His Creative Expression. This world came to pass by HIS WORD, R. Now, this surely is not speaking of the Bible. You yourself should agree that the Bible says that the Word IS GOD (quoted above), and that definitely IS NOT the Bible. Although……
The Bible can be used as the very Creative Expression of the Father, this though, wholly dependent upon the threshold over which the Scriptures are accessed, ie. – are they being accessed over the threshold of the natural mind or over the threshold of the Spirit? Paul wrote about this same thing as “the letter of the word (the written word) that kills” and “the spirit of the word (the written word) that gives LIFE.” The words that Jesus spoke were Spirit and Life, R,, because He was THE WORD (the very Expression of the Father) made flesh.
OK, with all of this in mind, are the Scriptures proof then that our doctrine is sound, that what we teach “lines up” with the Word? Well, that depends upon whether we are comparing what is taught to the letter of the word or THE SPIRIT of the word.
Along these lines, you more than implied the other day that there is nothing “hidden” that cannot be plainly found by us in the Scriptures. Is this really true? No. I know that men teach that, but it’s not true. Let me show you (hopefully by the Spirit)…
According to the Scriptures there are passages and books of the Bible that are sealed to men, and there also are appointed times when these things are opened. Now, this has both personal and corporate applications, and I don’t feel to get into all of that here. I will quote and comment on a few things though…
There are three references to sealed book(s) in the Old Testament…
Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
We find two references in Isaiah on the same topic…
Isaiah 8:16 “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
Did ya see that, R? That’s not talking about unbelievers there but “disciples.”
Here’s the other passage from Isaiah…
Isaiah 29: 10-12 ‘For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered. And the vision of all has become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, “Read this, I pray thee”; and he saith, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, “Read this, I pray thee”; and he saith, “I am not learned.”‘
Later in the same chapter of Isaiah, the Lord speaks of a future day when things will be different…
Isaiah 29:18 “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.”
Some writers claim, R, that the book that is sealed is just the book of Daniel. These obviously don’t see the connection between the reference found in Daniel and the others mentioned here. The reference in Isaiah uses the words “testimony” and “law”. These words commonly refer to the whole of the Scriptures.
The quote from Isaiah 29 says that the people have no vision, R. It’s this way today too, in that many (if not the majority) of Christians today have little vision of the spirit realm, the Kingdom, or of the Father’s heart. This is not because these are not able to read the Scriptures. No, they have those. They just cannot understand very much of what they are reading. Why is this? Because what is being read is still sealed to them. Why is this? Well, this has a whole lot to do with intimacy with the Father. What I’m saying here, R, is that you and I can read through the entire Bible a hundred times over and know almost nothing about THE WORD OF GOD. That is all about the Father’s heart.
Beloved brother, in one sense the Bible is A SEALED BOOK to the unbeliever, but in another sense it is also a sealed book to believers, this until certain hearts are ready for certain passages to be opened to them.
Now, I could quote all sorts of New Testament passages to support what I’m saying here too, but I won’t. I also won’t discuss with you anymore Scriptures which you think pertain to “eternal torment” nor will I discuss anymore those passages which relate to the reconciliation of all men. Why? Because it has been made quite plain to me (by the Spirit) that many things in the Scriptures are still sealed to you. God is the only one Who can open these seals. I can’t. You can’t open them either. This is a heart thing, R. Your heart needs to open before certain Scriptures will open to you. This is by Divine design.
R, you have told me that you know the Father’s voice for yourself. If this is true, then, please, ask Him if what I say here is so.
I wish you well (the Best), and I bless you in your knowledge (real knowledge) of Him.