The Author’s Voice

One of my heroes passed from this life last year. I picked up a couple of his books to give him fresh opportunities to influence me. I knew his voice from hours of listening to him teach in large groups, small groups, and in conversations that he and I had. As I read what he wrote, I don’t hear my voice in my head. I hear his.

As we read the Scriptures, we should come to a maturity of knowing our Shepherd’s voice. We should hear His voice in our heads, maybe. It was costly for Yahweh to gain your life. He doesn’t intend to neglect your preparation or your inform-ation with regard to your presence and work in the earth.

The preparation and information become transformation when we let them. When we add our part of the revelation that He is giving to the church to the parts that other believers bring into the relationships we allow, the transformation multiplies for each of us.

However, among the mature we do speak a wisdom, but not a wisdom of this age, or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. On the contrary, we speak God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, which God predestined before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew it, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:

What no eye has seen and no ear has heard,
and what has never come into a man’s heart,
is what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Now God has revealed them to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the concerns of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the concerns of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. But the natural man does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to know it since it is evaluated spiritually. The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. For:

who has known the Lord’s mind,
that he may instruct Him?

But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:6-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible ®©)