Understanding the Deep Things of God

Posted in: Holy Spirit, 0701
By Dr. Larry Ollison

Throughout my years of theological study and as a pastor, I have encountered countless people who have the attitude that the knowledge of God can never be understood by man. They commonly use phrases like, “You just never know what God’s going to do.” Of course, that is not true. God clearly tells us what he’s going to do, what He wants us to do, what He likes, and what He doesn’t like. God’s plans and purposes for man are only a mystery to those who are afflicted with spiritual laziness.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he quotes a statement from the Old Testament where it says, “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

While he is actually quoting from Isaiah (Isaiah 64:4) and while this may have been true for the Old Testament saints who were living before the Promise was given on the Day of Pentecost, it is not true for the New Testament believer. And Paul clarifies this in the very next verse by continuing, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (v. 10). So as a believer we cannot say that we do not know what is in store for us unless we quench the Holy Spirit and restrict Him from giving us the revelation He desires to give us.

When Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, he told them that they had been redeemed through the blood of Jesus and forgiven of their sins according to the riches of His grace. He went on to say that Jesus had abundantly given them all wisdom and prudence (common sense and good judgment) by revealing to them the mystery of His will. The mysteries of His will are not hidden from the church, but are available by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:7-9).

Paul then summed up everything concerning the mysteries of the kingdom of God in Colossians 1:26 where he said these mysteries that had been hidden throughout the ages and hidden from generations have now been revealed to His saints. The Holy Spirit is not a mystery, but His purpose and desire have been revealed to the born-again believer of Jesus Christ.

“The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26-27).

When Jesus was talking to His disciples after His resurrection, He reminded them that the words He used when He was teaching them about Himself had to be fulfilled because they were written in the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms. Then He supernaturally opened their understanding so that they could comprehend the Scriptures.

“Then He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45).

This same Spirit who lives in every believer wants to do the exact same thing today. He, by His Spirit, wants to open our understanding so that we can comprehend the mysteries of the Scripture.

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