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The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit

Introduction:
How is it that we can know Gods thoughts?
We need to distinguish the work of the Holy Spirit in revelation, inspiration and Illumination.
The following statement is taken from Baker's dictionary of New Testament Theology:
" Generally the concept of illumination is related to the work of the Holy Spirit making clear
the truth of the written revelation. In reference to the Bible, revelation relates to the
material, inspiration to the method of recording the revelation, and illumination to the
meaning of the record.
Theme: The Holy Spirit's Role in the communication of God's thoughts to us.
I. Revelation: is the Holy Spirit giving us God's thoughts.
1 Cor 2:9 (NASB) but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN
AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF
MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
1 Cor 2:10 (NASB) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit
searches all things, even the depths of God.
A First, there is a declaration of how Gods thoughts are not made known to
us.
1. We do not gain Gods thoughts through personal experience.
1 Cor 2:9 (NASB) but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS
NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT
ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
2. We do not gain Gods thoughts through the combined wisdom of the
ages.
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1 Cor 2:9 (NASB) but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS
NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT
ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
3. We do not gain Gods thoughts through our own speculative
reasoning.
1 Cor 2:9 (NASB) but just as it is written, "THINGS WHICH EYE HAS
NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT
ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."
B. Second, there is a declaration as to how Gods thoughts are made known
to us.
1. Gods thoughts are revealed or disclosed to us..
1 Cor 2:10 (NASB) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;
for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
2. Gods thoughts are revealed or disclosed to us by God Himself.
1 Cor 2:10 (NASB) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;
for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
3. The means by which God has revealed His thoughts to us is through
the work of the Holy Spirit.
1 Cor 2:10 (NASB) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit;
for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
4. This is the doctrine of inspiration. Inspiration speaks of the process
whereby man has received Gods self-revelation of His thoughts.
2 Tim 3:16 (NASB) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Tim 3:17 (NASB) that the man of God may be adequate, equipped
for every good work.
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2 Pet 1:16 (NASB) For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when
we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
2 Pet 1:17 (NASB) For when He received honor and glory from God
the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the
Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am
well-pleased"--
2 Pet 1:18 (NASB) and we ourselves heard this utterance made from
heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
2 Pet 1:19 (NASB) And so we have the prophetic word made more
sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a
dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your
hearts.
2 Pet 1:20 (NASB) But know this first of all, that no prophecy of
Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
2 Pet 1:21 (NASB) for no prophecy was ever made by an act of
human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
C. Third, there is an argument for the need of Gods self-revelation by His Spirit.
1. Only the individual knows his/her own thoughts.
1 Cor 2:11 (NASB) For who among men knows the thoughts of a
man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the
thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
2. In like manner, only God knows His thoughts.
1 Cor 2:11 (NASB) For who among men knows the thoughts of a
man except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the
thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
3. God is predisposed to reveal His thoughts to us.
1 Cor 2:12 (NASB) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely
given to us by God,
Deu 29:29 (NASB) "The secret things belong to the LORD our God,
but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we
may observe all the words of this law.
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II. Illumination is the Holy Spirit enabling us to appreciate Gods thoughts.
A. We need not only the revelation of God but also the illumination of God.
1 Cor 2:13 (NASB) which things we also speak, not in words taught by
human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual
thoughts with spiritual words.
B. Mankind apart from the work of the Holy Spirit does not appreciate Gods
thoughts.
1 Cor 2:14 (NASB) But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit
of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them,
because they are spiritually appraised.
C. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us that value of Gods Word.
1 Cor 2:14 (NASB) But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit
of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them,
because they are spiritually appraised.
D. The person who is instructed by the Holy Spirit appreciates the value of
Gods Word.
1 Cor 2:15 (NASB) But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself
is appraised by no man.
1. God's thoughts are quite different from our own.
Isa 55:8 (NASB) "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are
your ways My ways," declares the LORD.
2. Gods thoughts are far superior to our own.
Isa 55:9 (NASB) "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So
are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your
thoughts.
E. This understanding results in a humility in approaching Gods Word.
1 Cor 2:16 (NASB) For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT
HE SHOULD INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
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1. A humility in receiving or accepting Gods word.
2. A humility in seeking the Holy Spirits help in seeking to understand
and apply Gods word.
III. Conclusion:
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