Why is it we do not understand the Lord’s word? Why do we fail to understand the principles of the Lord’s government? Why do we fail to understand the direction and purpose for our life here on earth? Why do we fail to understand the meaning of Divine truth? “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Rom.8:7)
Spiritual understanding can only be found through a Christian experience. It is to be found from the teaching of the scripture. The scripture unfolds the plan of God for our lives. The word of God reveals the mind of God and his character. The scripture record the spiritual history of man in the past, from Adam and Eve until now “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom.8:6)
The lives of the Old testament people is the history intended to familiarize us with the kingdom of God and his dealings with men, (I.Cor.10:11) tells us “Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.” and (Jh. 20:31) declares, “These are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”
From personal experience we learn from others. In the case of the disciples, the teaching, the examples, and the miracles of Jesus were intended to reveal the merciful and loving purpose of God to redeem the world.
The scripture and the work of Christ was to be the basis of our personal faith in God and the principle for rendering the circumstances of life and it was to be a influence for delivering and elevating our spirit.
The consistent lesson of Christ’s works was that men were to seek first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness, and all needful things of this earthly life would be given to us (Mt.6:33) Instead of being lost in anxious deliberation and reasoning about ways and means, the true disciple was to look steadfastly to the great end.
The lack of our understanding is disappointing to our Lord Jesus Christ. We can detect in Jesus’ action a wounded spirit. Jesus was astonished and pained at the hardness of there heart. He yearned for spiritual companionship, and found very little. It is Jesus who draws us into a closer fellowship.
May I ask a question? Are we unfit to draw close to Jesus and his fellowship? Is there a lack of spiritual apprehension in our life toward our Lord? These people in this setting was in a dangerous spiritual condition, ready to be the prey of every passing temptation, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on earth?” (Lk.18:8)
The scripture teaches us to know that we are to be skilled and to be diligently educated in God’s Word. The dealing of God with his people are plainly set forth in the scripture. All of us has a special history of our own in which God has revealed himself to us. We must not for get the way by which the Lord has led us, we must not forget the gracious approach and revelation he has given to us.
Let us always consider, “What manner of love The Father hath bestowed on us.” ((I.Jh.3:1) So many in our land know nothing about the love of God, it scarcely exist in them, (Mt.24:12 declares, “ And because iniquity abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” If there be faith as a grain of mustard seed it will grow, where diligence and prayerfulness are practiced.
To the disciples our Lord said, “No longer do I call you servants for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends, for all things I heard from my Father I have made known unto” (Jh.15:15) and (Jh.7:17) states,“If any man will do his will, He shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of my self.” (Jh.15:15)