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But actually these promises are all speaking about the same thing, just phrasing things differently.

With that in mind, let's approach this question from another direction. We spoke earlier of the natural man and spiritual man. The natural man cannot know the deeper things of God because they are spiritual things and the Spirit of God must reveal them to him. The spiritual man however has ability to know these things because the Spirit leads him into knowledge of the truth. So today's born again Christian, especially those with those who call themselves spirit filled consider themselves spiritual men, able to understand the word. Yet they can't ever agree! They have forgotten something! Isaiah 8 tells us that the word is a sealed book even to the Christian.

Isa 8:16 ^ Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

The testimony or the law are synonyms for the word, and this tells us that it is a sealed book, even among the followers of the Lord.

Consider these verses which speak of a sealed book [the bible].

Isa 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Da 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

The book is sealed till the time of the end, and you can find it in revelation 5 depicted as the book with seven seals.

Re 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

So we are saying that the books, that is the books of the bible are sealed till the time of the end. And no wonder they are sealed! Since it requires the Spirit to understand the Bible, it requires the outpouring of the Spirit to unseal the books.

We know that in the end times, the spirit will be poured out and also that the book will be opened in that day. Let's make the obvious connection. We're talking about the same thing here, just using different wording. For now, we know in part and prophesy in part, because we have a part of the spirit. This image of the book in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within and on the backside, should tell us something similar. The only part of the book that can be read is the 'back side'; the rest is hidden. Likewise we can know only a small portion of the deeper meaning of the bible, without the full pouring out of the Spirit.

Now let's look at this from still another direction. Earlier, in speaking about the gift of the Spirit, we quoted from first Corinthians.

I Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

II For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Now looking at the first two verses of that selection we read:

1 Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Are we at a place where we can honestly say that God has revealed the things he has prepared for us that love him? Look at the final verse quoted above:

16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Are we at a place where we can honestly say that we have the mind of Christ? If not then we must consider this passage of scripture to be unfulfilled. Even though all the verb tenses are past or present, it is written from a future viewpoint. The truths and attitudes expressed here can only come having already experienced the fulfillment of the promise. They apply to the end time church for whom the books are open and the understanding is granted.

Here is another passage which is written in the present tense yet actually speaks of a future occurrence, a promise yet unfulfilled.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Once again this brings me back to our original question.

"If the bible says that the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth, and you people claim to have the Holy Spirit, why is it that you can't ever agree on anything?"

Have we managed to answer this in any way? We can note that the easiest thing for a Christian to do is find the speck in his brother's eye. We can say that our claim to the Holy Spirit is a bit exaggerated. It's like the juvenile son of a rich man, who only gets a small allowance till he reaches maturity, yet boasts of having the entire fortune at his disposal. If this is the case, there is another claim we need to make, and another fact we need to own up to.

The inability to agree, and the great confusion that results from that is of the nature of Babylon. In fact Babylon means confusion. What we need to own up to is exactly what Daniel prayed when he was in Babylon.

Daniel 9:8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.

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