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St MarkEverything in God makes sense from a certain viewpoint. However, until you have that perspective, or are at least approaching it, what He writes in scripture may appear indistinct or cloudy. An analogy would be the difference in understanding between two friends who visited a certain coffee shop in a far off city and someone who had never been there. The friends could say to to each other, “Do you remember that cup of coffee we had where they served those delicious pastries?” The other friend would instantly recognize the place and all the memories of that experience would come flooding back. They wouldn’t have to say much detail about it because they shared the same experience.

Someone who had not been there, though, would have to be told, in some detail, about where the coffee shop was, its name, the types of coffee and food they served, and many other things to give them a picture of what the place was actually like. Even after they finished telling all about the coffee shop to the person their understanding would still pale in comparison to the experience the others shared from simply being there.  It would be more difficult, if not impossible, to describe the coffee experience to someone from a different country who never even tasted coffee or had a danish pastry at all.

So it is with the Holy scriptures. The New Testament is written from the viewpoint of a certain set of experiences that everyone shared who lived through the book of Acts. Men of God, moved by the Holy Spirit, wrote down the words of their Father, as they experienced Him. Salvation is assumed, Holy Spirit baptism is a given, and the experience of Divine love was simply a fact of life. If, when you read the apostles writings, you lack any one of these experiences in God, what they say will not make total sense to you. Here is a truth,

 

“If  you Lack the frame of reference that the apostles wrote from you will not fully understand what they mean.”

 
Like the person who had never visited the coffee shop that the two friends reminisced about, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to get the full picture of what they mean.

As we come to know God we also are able to understand, in greater depth, what He wrote. Once we begin to view His word from His perspective, things that were difficult to grasp start to become clear. This is where intellectual Christianity fails miserably. Armchair theologians simply lack the frame of reference from which to interpret the Bible correctly. Those who do not experience God cannot fully know God no matter how carefully they study the holy writ. It is only after we meet God that is it possible to begin to truly understand Him.

The Spirit and the word agree. However, you must experience the Spirit to understand what was written about the Holy Ghost. Presently, those who are willing and are led by His Spirit are moving from the Pentecostal experience into the spiritual fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. As we start to enter into the fullness of God, which the first century church experienced, we will come to fully understand what the apostles wrote. These experiences are not extra-biblical, but rather fully-biblical and in line with what the scriptures are actually saying.