EYES WIDE OPEN
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
We have been given an incredible capacity to learn and understand truth by the Lord. He has created all of mankind with the natural ability to comprehend and assimilate information, even truth concerning the word of God. But natural understanding alone is not enough, not nearly enough to satisfy our hungry hearts. There is another kind of learning that comes only by divine revelation, as Paul said, spiritual understanding is “discerned” by the Spirit. The Lord has to open our hearts or it is impossible to comprehend the things of God. Jonathan Edwards spoke frequently about the difference between natural and spiritual understanding, give your attention to his words.
“THERE are two kinds of knowledge of divine truth, speculative and practical, or in other terms, natural and spiritual. The former remains only in the head. No other faculty but the understanding is concerned in it. It consists in having a natural or rational knowledge of the things of religion, or such a knowledge as is to be obtained by the natural exercise of our own faculties, without any special illumination of the Spirit of God. The latter rests not entirely in the head, or in the speculative ideas of things; but the heart is concerned in it: it principally consists in the sense of the heart. The mere intellect, without the will or the inclination, is not the seat of it. And it may not only be called seeing, but feeling or tasting.”
Sometimes you have to sort through Edward’s words, but it is well worth the effort. Edwards reminds us of the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge of the Lord. Spiritual revelation is the opening of our hearts to spiritual things. Edwards speaks of “seeing, feeling, and tasting” spiritual realities. These spritual senses are the essence of spiritual revelation, and brings our heart into the spiritual arena. Has your heart been effected by God’s Word? This is where revelation begins to come, when that happens, we are influenced deeply by His words, and through these awakened affections He speaks to us.
Our heart becomes affected by the beauty and grace of the Lord, our hearts become inflamed with the passion that comes from the Lord Himself, from that moment on, all things become new.