Inner Revelation of Doctrinal Truth

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INNER REVELATION OF DOCTRINAL TRUTH

As described in the essay doctrinal truth, there is an objective truth about God, providentially preserved in the words of Jesus and his chosen disciples, that allows us to have a mental knowledge of God. The value of the New Testament then, as a repository of doctrine, is immense. It allows us as humans to accurately know about God.

 

Nevertheless, this objective knowledge of God is only a part of the sum total of what we mean when we talk about knowing God. The New Testament itself explains that God is not impersonal and distant, but relational and close to us. We are told that through Jesus the door is opened for us to know Him in our heart. This inner knowledge is not in doctrinal conflict with the objective knowledge of God, but it is essential to true Spirituality.

 

For example, we read in the New Testament that Jesus will write the Law on our hearts. We read that if anyone is in Christ they are a “new person”. While these are objectively true doctrinal propositions they must be experienced to be of spiritual value. So, to say that “I am dead to sin, and sin will no longer dominate me”, or that “I am not under the law, but under the law of the spirit”, or that “what the law could not do in that it is weakened by the flesh, God did, sending His own son in the likeness of flesh He condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law could be fulfilled in us who don’t walk after the flesh but walk after the spirit” is to describe a wonderful transformation available to the one who comes to Jesus. This transformation though must be experienced before it is manifest in the believer. Merely having “head knowledge” of true doctrine does not transform a person.

 

The premise of New Day Monk teaching is that God is returning the ancient practices of contemplation and monastic discipline to the Protestant evangelical church to assist evangelicals in moving from doctrine to transformation. So, for example, until a Christian can admit that the old nature within them is not dominated by their new nature they are not yet able to be transformed. They must become desperate in their search for righteousness, and not be content with merely having an imputed state of righteousness. They must stop covering up sin and instead learn to sit before God in honest transparency and become dependent on Him for power. A converted person must still go through stages of maturation and sanctification and transformation before they will have the manifest righteousness they desire.

 

We look next then at the concept of admitting our need for transformation by examining the need to have an inner revelation of who we are in Christ, and who we are outside of Christ.