Another way of expressing this is to look at the idea of the word mixed with faith.
Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
This is saying the word needs to be mixed or received by faith. For those without faith, the word is of little or no benefit.
What is the word that is not mixed with faith? It's the plain word with no Spirit in it. It is natural, not supernatural; or flesh not spirit. The word mixed with faith is supernatural.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Let's look at this verse. He that comes to God must believe he is. The skeptic is not going to get very far studying the word. He will not be very able to hear the voice of one he thinks doesn't exist! [We believe he is because he says I AM!]
Next, we believe he is a rewarder of those who intensely seek him. How does he reward his seekers? One answer is for those who seek him, he gives of himself. Those who seek him, find ... him. That is they find more of him. He reveals more and more of himself to you! And there is always more to be found. This is the Key of Knowledge and way to maturity.
This passage speaks of seeking wisdom and finding it as you would find a hidden treasure.
Pr 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
This next passage speaks of the gradual growth to maturity which comes from seeking Him.
Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Now this passage speaks of the hidden treasures found in him, and contrasts it with the enticing words of men.
Col 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
This passage speaks of knowing the Lord by receiving hidden riches, or to invert that, receiving the riches which is knowing the Lord.
Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
Without faith it is impossible to please him. Romans 10 adds this:
Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
And 1st Corinthians points out that:
1Co 2:14 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.
John adds this:
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
All of this put together is very significant. Without the hearing of the word, it's impossible to understand the word. The hearing of the word is the second witness. The Spirit who gives illumination or sheds light on the word will do so to the extent that you are able to understand. So someone with more background knowledge or who already understands some parts of the bible is able to receive deeper revelation of any given passage. In this way each revelation can become the foundation or background of the next revelation. There are often multiple levels, multiple meanings and multiple lessons potentially to be found in the word. So the Spirit may reveal quite different things to different readers from the same bible verse.
Having the word 'mixed with faith' means hearing the voice of God. This is inherently a supernatural thing. The hearing of faith is what lets us understand the word. This sheds new light on the verse that says without faith it is impossible to please him. Well obviously, if you're not hearing what he says, you won't know what he wants you to do! We need the hearing of faith, then comes the obedience of faith. With these then, we may be able to please God.
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