Thank you for those kind words. The Little that I do know it is only by the mercy, grace, and love of God I cannot take any credit for coming to truth, I will always only know in part and will declare in part, 1 Cor. 13.
Take for example, the desciples did not know anything until it was on God's time table they did not even understand when Jesus said that He must suffer and die and be raised the third day this did not become real to them until God opened their eyes to see the truth. After Jesus arose from the grave He was walking on this road and seen His desciples but they did not know it was the Lord read Luke 24 very good insight how God reveals truth to one. The Lord even called them fools and slow at heart to believe.
"Then He said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and ALL the prophets, He exponded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:25-27
The desciples still followed Jesus when He called them fools and slow to believe. Sad most people today would scorn, mock, and hate one if they said this to another. However, Jesus was drawing them and they wanted to truly know more and so they walked on this road called Amais a seven mile walk Jesus exponded them in the scriptures the word all the way to Genesis to Malachi the last book in the O.T. concerning Jesus. We see here that Jesus used the power of the truth of the word of God to these men showing that ALL scripture is God breathed, 2 Tim. 3:16. Now going back to Luke 24 listen to these wonderful words of Jesus and how He made them understand truth.
"And He said unto them, These are the words which I spoke 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. THEN OPENED HE THEIR UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY MIGHT UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES. And said unto them, Thus it is written and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day." Luke 24:44-46
1- God here was speaking the O.T and teaching from it showing that it is the word of God Himself.
2- Even though the Lord told them before that He would suffer, die, and rise again they could not understand until He rose from the dead and talked to them on the road a seven mile walk, He went into great detail concerning Himself
3- Then and only then it was God's good pleasure to reveal truth to them then open their understanding of the scriptures to them. You see the Lord had to open their eyes yes, and it was all on His time, this is why I say to you any truth I learn it is truly only the mercy, grace, and love of God, many will mock, slander, these truth's and lash out at me I understand but what they are really doing is lashing out at the word of God when I share from the word. I do not take it personal I know it is only the grace of God that reveals truth if it was not God giving understanding in some matters I would be a reprobate myself.
4- When we prayerfully read Luke 24, we can see that the Lord was putting all the weight on His word as He spoke and repeated what the Old Testament was saying showing that it is all the word of God. However, the Lord has to make this wonderful truth real to the one He applies His word to and opens their understanding if not, we will be left in the dark, 2 Tim. 2:25-26 goes into great detail of this truth. Again, thank you for your input. Gary
during my wandering in this world wild jungle
I alway find word of spiritual refreshment and spiritual brothers like you helping those who are almost at end on their journeys to the eaternal spiritual Most Holy Yahveh tabernacle
you are one of them dear brother who post beautiful and valuable spiritual encouragement
may god always bless you Gary