God dealt with people very differently in the Old Testament compared to after Jesus came. This is one of the most profound concepts a Christian must grasp to have a fruitful life. So many Christians are still living under the law of works and other deceptions.
But God sent His Spirit to reveal to us God’s secrets –
the secret of Jesus’ resurrection, His plan for salvation,
and the wonderful things He has freely given
to those who love Him and believe in Him through Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
that we might know all things that have been freely given to us by God.
(1 Corinthians 2:12)
This knowledge cannot be grasped by even the wisest scholars unless they accept God’s message in faith. All those who reject God’s message are foolish, no matter how wise they are considered to be by the world’s standards. The reason for this is because God’s message can only be understood through His Spirit. If a person does not have God’s Spirit in him, he cannot understand it.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God,
for they are foolishness to him;
nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(1 Corinthians 2:14)
Jesus said that every word he spoke, were Spirit and Life. Every teaching of Jesus cannot be understood except by the Spirit in you.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.
The words I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
As we study God’s Word, we should be mindful of who our teachers are. There are countless books, videos, sermons, and teachings available to Christians today, however not all of them are necessarily sound Biblical teaching. When we have the Holy Spirit working in us, He teaches us and reveals to us the truth of God’s message.
The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (1 John 2:27)
This is especially important as we approach the end times, since God has warned us that many false teachers will arise to mislead good and sincere believers.
One of the Gifts for the Spirit, is the “discerning of spirits” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). It is prudent to ask God for a spirit of discernment, and to “search the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). We should be very selective in who we listen to and what we read. Everything we read or hear taught by Christian teachers, we must evaluate against the Word of God, under the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus admonished us to abide in Him as He abides in us. An intimate relationship with Him comes only through constant, continuous time spent in His presence and in His Word.