Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.” But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.
The Scripture warns, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment” (James 3:1) This kind of scares me, as I am not a pastor but I do sort of teach opinions here as authoritative. To the best of my ability, I hope and certainly pray that what I write here is actually true.
So, by God’s grace, what you read here is a correct interpretation of what is found in the Scripture. I ask you my dear readers, to be like the Berean Jews and search the Scriptures to find out what I say is true, just as I would ask you do the same with any teaching you receive.
However, have humility. You, I, the Apostles that are the foundation of the Church…we are all blind apart from the grace of God. Indeed, you cannot tell your right from your left apart from God’s grace. That’s how blind we are. That’s why Christ healed the blind, because it was a picture of what He does for us spiritually every day.
A passage that makes this really stick out is Luke 17:31-34.
Obviously, Christ spoke very plainly. It was not even the first time he said it. Yet, the disciples did not understand because God purposely blinded them. These are the same disciples who heard Christ say that the one who dips his bread in the same bowl is going to betray Him, watched Judas do it, and then when Judas left thought he was merely buying more food.
If they are blind sometimes and they wrote Scripture, what does that say about me who espouses to teach on this blog? What that says about you though looking, do not perceive all the time?
This is why it is so important to pray for the gift of prophesy and understanding: “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Cor 14:1).
How can I write to you truth apart from God’s grace? How can you understand the truth if it is indeed in what I write, apart from God’s grace?
Father, I ask that you be merciful to your servants, we fall so far short. But give us the gifts of understanding and prophesy, so that we may understand the truth and speak it to others. Amen.