These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series
Seek and You Will Find
In the past couple weeks we have been looking at how humans can receive the Spirit of God, and how this presence takes us far beyond where our efforts alone can take us. That is, without this action of God, without Him coming into us with all of His power and benefits, we could not get very far in our spiritual advancement.
Nevertheless, we play a role in receiving the Spirit. Shown below is Proverbs chapter two. Note the zeal and depth of our role in receiving the Spirit of God to His fullest.
“My son, if thou will receive my words, And lay up my commandments with you; so as to incline your ear unto wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yea, if you cry after discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: Then you will understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God”.
What do we get if we do this?
“For Jehovah gives wisdom; Out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding: He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to them that walk in integrity; that he may guard the paths of justice, and preserve the way of his saints”.
“Then you will understand righteousness and justice, and equity, yes, every good path. For wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant unto your soul. Discretion shall watch over you; understanding will keep you: to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men that speak perverse things; who forsake the paths of uprightness, who walk in the ways of darkness. Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil. Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths”.
“And to deliver you from the strange woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words. Who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house inclines unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither do they attain unto the paths of life”.
“That you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it”.
The war between our spiritual nature and our lower nature is greatly aided if we seek and find the Spirit of God. Some of this occurs at conversion, but the mature believer must seek the Spirit.
Next week (Week 8) we will look at grace and works.