Have you ever heard a song and thought one thing… but then heard the back story to the song from the artist themselves and saw a whole different thing in the song? This is normal for a song with intense personal meaning to the artist. Perhaps the most recent for me is “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” by Danny Gokey. If you don’t already know, here’s the back story for that song.
The song by itself has a great message of hope from a struggle. But not until you hear the pain in his heart from the level of struggle he faced, do you realize the painful place he traveled to in order to write this song. It just comes to life knowing his heart behind the words.
The Bible works the same way. But remember, even though there are 40 human authors, it’s the Holy Spirit who is the ultimate author of the Bible. This means to truly grasp the meaning behind the words you have to come to know the heart of God. Some will say that is impossible, but Paul has a different opinion.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.
1 Cor 2:11-12
When you receive Christ into your heart, you welcome His Spirit into your soul. It is with that Spirit that you can properly discern the meaning of His love letter to us, the Bible. When you quiet your own soul enough to listen to His Spirit, the heart behind the words comes alive and their meaning jumps off the page.
Obviously the most important part is to have that Spirit inside you. If you have never receive the Spirit of God into your heart, it’s not complicated. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9) “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.” (Acts 2:33)
Once you actually have the Spirit, the next vital part is to quite your own soul first, close off the distractions and listen to the Spirit within you. Through the Spirit, you can see and hear the heart and meaning behind the words of the Bible. No longer is it just a history book, but it becomes a love letter from your Abba Father.
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