God has chosen not to do anything in these times except through His Holy Spirit.
Mat. 18: 1-4 …except ye be converted and be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
In John 3: 1-5 Jesus told Nicodemus that being born again is not all about knowledge or how long you’ve been a member of the church but about hearing and receiving what the Eternal God has spoken, like a little child who believes and accepts whatever his father says irrespective of whether he understands what his father has said or not. We cannot know God except we have this child like quality of “whatever God says, I will take it.”
John 17: 3 and this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God,and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
The ultimate calling of a man is to know God and this should be our passion. It will take knowing God by His Spirit to reach the ultimate in life. We can indeed know God because it is His desire for us to know Him. Jesus had many things to declare unto His disciples concerning His nature, His power and His purpose but they could not bear it at that time. He has given us the Holy Spirit (who is our seal of redemption) to reveal all things to us so we are not without hope in our quest to know Him.
John 16: 12-14 ……….Howbeit when He the Sprit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth:………
There are 3 levels of relationship with God:
- The Thomasic (John 20: 24-29) – physical relationship- this is the lowest level of relationship with God and does not endure because it depends on what we can get from Him. Those who know God on this level will never fully realise the blessings and intimacy that is found in knowing Him by His Spirit.
- The smotional and soulish
- The spiritual – is the highest level of knowing God and God is willing to bring you into this if you are willing. This level is not constrained by a physical barrier (as in seen in Thomas) or by our senses.
1 Cor. 2: 9-12…………..But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God……….
The Holy Spirit is what makes the difference in the 3 levels of relationship with God mentioned above.Paul never knew Jesus while He was here physically on earth and yet he had a deeper revelation of Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, than Peter who walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years (2 Peter 3: 15-16). The spiritual level of relationship with God so caught the heart of Paul that he declared “but what things we regain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” Paul got to the level of where the physical elements had no bearing on his calling.
Knowing God by His Spirit will keep us in times of lack and we will not murmur like the Israel did in the wilderness because they did not know Him.
1 Cor. 3: 16-18 …..but we all with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Holy Spirit who reveals God to us is the same One who is the seal of our redemption and the One who is transforming us into the image of Christ. The manifestation of the sons of God is going to take place in our knowing God by His Spirit. The process of knowing God by His Spirit is what brings about the transformation in which the image of God is reflected in us.
2 Cor. 4: 16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish,yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not see: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
The process of knowing God by His Spirit is not without trials. Like gold has to be passed through the fire be fore it comes out pure so we must endure suffering before we can be perfected. Without suffering we cannot be perfected because Jesus, the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through the things He suffered.