Let's take a look at this example.
Mt 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Ask yourself here about the method old Simon Peter uses in this passage. Did Jesus commend him for coming up with the right answer by saying Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona, for thou hast used the time tested literal hermeneutic? Or is it rather that Simon did not use any method at all. Simon Peter simply received a revelation.
Now here's another interesting example.
2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Here it says scripture is given by inspiration. But it does not say who is given to. I believe we commonly assume it is given to the writer who records God's word under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Verse 16 is however vague on this point, and deliberately so for this reason. It allows the possibility of a second meaning, an intentional double meaning. That is this: scripture is given by inspiration to the reader or listener. Verse 15 mentions that it is able to make one wise through faith. We know that faith comes by hearing the word of God. This is where the reader receives the word by inspiration. The word will only profit us when mixed with faith. Knowing the scriptures is one thing but hearing them with the spiritual ears of faith is revelation.
Here are some examples of cases were people clearly heard the word of God, and understood the literal meaning but at the same time were absolutely clueless as to what it all meant.
Mark 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which He spoke unto them.
Luke 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not; and they were afraid to ask Him about that saying.
Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hidden from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
John 10:6 This parable Jesus spoke unto them, but they understood not the things of which He spoke unto them.
16 "A little while, and ye shall not see Me; and again a little while, and ye shall see Me, because I go to the Father."
17 Then said some of His disciples among themselves, "What is this that He saith unto us, "A little while, and ye shall not see Me; and again a little while, and ye shall see Me,' and, "because I go to the Father'?"
18 They said therefore, "What is this that He saith, A little while'? We cannot tell what He saith."
They too knew their scriptures, and heard Jesus' words for themselves, yet could not come to any agreement on the meaning. Yet for them, there came a day when Jesus opened their understanding and explained the scriptures.
Lu 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, That day is coming for us, and soon. God Reveals His Word
God Reveals His Word To Those Who Fear Him And Are Willing To Do His Will.
Ps 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
Joh 7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
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