Well spoke the Holy Spirit through Isaiah
23 And when they had appointed him a day, they came to him into his lodging in great number; to whom he expounded the matter, testifying the kingdom of God, and persuading them concerning Jesus, both from the law of Moses and from the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Spirit through Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers,
26 saying, Go thou unto this people, and say, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive:
27 For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest, haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.
When the Lord was teaching Paul, the Lord showed Paul the Heavens and made him understand creation in whole and its purpose. This elementary understanding was necessary so that Paul would not be misled in any way by any understandings.
Even when the Lord started teaching me one of the first things He did was show me the Heavens. 'Show me the Heavens' does not mean I was taken into Heaven, but means I was given a symbolic understanding of the Heavens by visions. People who claim Heaven visitations really do not know the Kingdom of God and you will see many contradictions to the Word in the testimony of these people, who claim to have seen Heaven or Hell. When Paul claimed this in one of his letters, he even specified how before he started.
Knowing the Heavens, no man can enter except Jesus Christ, since in Him was 'all'. This 'all' we will get from Jesus Christ only after the Judgment Day when He comes again as man and it is by this 'all' we will be able to enter Heaven.
In my short walk in the Lord I have see many, many people working in the Lord as spiritual dwarfs. They are people grown in age, meaning having many years of experience working in the Lord, but their spiritual stature is still very small. They have years of experience and may even have a great ministry but yet in spirit they have stopped growing in understanding after a time.
Paul did not have complete understanding. In the start what he wrote, he added unto it as his knowledge and understanding grew. For example I pointed about the Fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit, similarly are other cases like callings and salvation.
When I meet people and discuss about the Kingdom of God adding to what I speak which is many a times unheard of revelations; they have even greater hurdles when they personally see me. Firstly in looks I nearly look half my age and secondly I get excited a lot when I speak about the Kingdom of God unlike the patience I keep when I write. For many this causes a great difficulty to grasp all what I am speaking. Their eyes tell them something which distracts them from what I speak. This mainly starts from the point they hear something which they do not like hearing or take offence at something I say. It is at that very point they stop listening or digging into what I say and start looking at me, trying to judge me and not my understanding. Even if all scriptures are fulfilled in what I say, yet they will not want to listen to it.
Paul too faced a similar situation and spoke the reason why this does happen.
When the Lord spoke through Isaiah, He said He hardened the hearts of people so that they do not understand and be healed. When the Lord used the word 'hardened', it did not mean turning a normal heart into a stone. It meant a heart (mind/inner man) which was already hard to some extent, He hardened it further. The reason why this happens is deep inside them these people do not want to completely detached from this world. They love worldly praises, material, power, pleasures etc. They talk about the Kingdom of God, testifying about it, but yet they do not want to completely dwell in it.
Sin is the manifestation of the sickness of the spirit and being healed in spirit will cause complete eradication of sin. A weak soul will never want to be completely free of sin just like a pig does not want to be completely away from a muddy puddle.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, Your Kingdom requires man to completely detach in spirit from this world, but being in the flesh You know it is impossible for man. Therefore You send your Begotten Son to be the path so that by your Spirit You save us. Lord we pray that in your mercy You strengthen our inner man, that we may not harden ourselves and fall...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
2 Corinthians 12:1-4
1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
1 Corinthians 15:27-28
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
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