A person who is not yet a Christian — and by this I mean someone who has not yet given over his life to the Lordship (The rule) of Christ, becoming His servant, and listening to His Voice to obey — this such person may well look at Christianity from his stance outside of it and ask, “How does this Christian ‘know’ the will of his God?”
Having no better answer, such an enquirer may conclude that a believer ‘knows’ the Will of his God through the study of Christianity’s holy book, the Bible. He may think the believer must read it and determine resolutely to follow its teachings. In short, the unbeliever sees Christianity as another legalism… another religion of works, however moral and ethical they may be.
He thinks this because it is as the scriptures say,
“…the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters].” (1 Cor. 2:14, Amplified Bible).
Not only does such man stumble at the words of the Bible, but in his person there is only himself. He has not yet surrendered his will to the Will of God and in return received from Him the indwelling Holy Spirit.
The true Christian, however, has more. Though he does indeed turn to the scriptures for guidance, he has in addition to his own thoughts and feelings the inner voice and divine compassion of the Holy Spirit. This moves Him to new actions, new sentiments. Over time this “new heart” takes deeper and deeper residence within him, changing him, eventually transforming him into the image of Christ.
It is simply as Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27); “…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)…. and as Paul describes, “…we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16)…. and as John adds, “…we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2).
The Christian knows the Will of God by the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and in accountability with the Family of God.
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