Knowing God’s Thoughts…

For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?

In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

I Corinthians 2:10 NIV

In God’s Holy inerrant Word lies all the answers and mysteries to life.  Everything we shall ever need can be found within the pages of the 66 books that comprise the oldest living book known as The Holy Bible.   In order to find the answers, first thing required is to seek the wisdom of God through His Holy Spirit.

No one can know your own thoughts except you.  We may say,  I know what you are thinking, but what we really are saying is that you must be thinking the same thing I am.  We can never truly know what lies in your thoughts only you can know that.  In the same way, no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.

The Holy Spirit of God is our interpreter of scripture.  All scripture is the Truth and wisdom of God spoken to men through the Holy Spirit of God.  We are saved by grace through faith by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  When we receive Christ into our heart, we also at that point receive the Spirit of God.  It is the gift God left to those of us who love Him.

New American Standard Bible 
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.    —John 16:7

Jesus told the disciples that He had to leave them in order that The Holy Spirit could come.  He explained to them that His physical death and resurrection had to happen in order for God to gift us with His indwelling Holy Spirit.

It is only through The Holy Spirit, that we can know God.  This is not gained through our knowledge.  The Truth of scripture can only be revealed in us by the Spirit of the Living God.

Scripture tells us about this in I Corinthians 2:10-12,

New International Version
 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

New Living Translation
But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

English Standard Version
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

I always like to use three versions of printed scripture when I am studying.  I do this for a clearer understanding of what the Holy Spirit is teaching us.

Vocabulary and printing have nothing to do with the interpretation of the Holy Spirit of God.  God’s words are God’s words not man’s words.  Vocabulary and the printed words of scripture came to man through the Holy Spirit of God as God revealed himself to them. He spoke to the disciples in their language insuring without error what they wrote down was what He revealed.  We know this because of all the fulfillment from The Bible.  What was first recorded or written down was not their thoughts but it was the thoughts God spoke to them.

Throughout history, Christian scholars have come along with their language vocabulary expertise to carefully transfer without error the Hebrew and Greek texts into the English language.  The most prestigious translation we are familiar with was The King James Version in 1611.  Now, I really hate to be the one who bursts the bubbles of thousands, but the King James Version was not the first translation.  In fact, it also was translated from another version known as The Bishops Bible of 1568. These early scholars took serious the privilege they had to put scripture into the English language for others to gain a clearer understanding of its meaning.

The Bible is not intended to be read like any ordinary book because it certainly is not any ordinary book.  It is the Word of God!  Even though we have so many versions of scripture in print, and in so many different languages, we still require The Holy Spirit of God to be our interpreter.  It is God’s thoughts we need to understand in scripture.  We cannot know God’s thoughts without His Spirit dwelling in us.

We are greatly blessed to have God-breathed scriptures in a vocabulary we can understand today.  Now, please don’t do what I have done and like many others get caught up in legalism.  For a while I believed the King James Version was the only accurate Bible there was.  It is true, it is accurate but also accurate are the other literal interpretations we have available to us.  And because we want to clearly understand the literal written word, it is a good practice to use more than one version when studying.

All scripture is God-breathed and useful according to 2 Timothy 3:16…

English Standard Version

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Berean Study Bible
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction,  for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Berean Literal Bible
Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

New American Standard Bible 
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof,    for correction, for training in righteousness;

King James Bible
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,    for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Remember…Whatever version you prefer is just tha…t it’s your preference.  God by His Holy Spirit has protected the integrity of His Word.  We can trust this not because scholars say so.  We can trust this because we trust the Holy Spirit’s interpretation to say so.

Next time you sit down with your Bible, do so knowing that God will use His Spirit to teach and guide you into His wisdom. Invite God to open the eyes of your heart and speak to you by His Holy Spirit.  Then and only then can we find the answers we need from God and begin to unravel some of His mysteries.

God’s promise of scripture:

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever”.

—Isaiah 40:8 New American Standard Version

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