How would you like to have better insight than prophets like David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or Daniel? How would you like to have a greater revelation of who Jesus is than even in the angels in Heaven? You can!
- Our minds prepared for action
- Self-controlled (another translation says sober)
- Fully hopeful of God’s promises
- Obedient children
- Not conformed to the world’s standards
- As holy as God is
If that sounds like a challenging list, it’s because it is a challenging list! But notice an important word that starts verse 13: Therefore. This tells us we must look at what came before the therefore to know how to respond to what comes after the therefore.
In the verses preceding (vv. 10-12) we read about Old Testament prophets and New Testament preachers. But notice the similarities between these two—They both spoke about grace and salvation, and they both spoke with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The Word of God was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it is the same Holy Spirit that wants to give you a full revelation of what is in the Word.
The prophets searched carefully, but they never got to see Jesus come to Earth and fulfill the prophesies. The angels in Heaven have seen the story played out, but they don’t know what it is to have received a complete pardon for their sins that would have damned their souls to Hell.
That’s why Spirit-filled Christians who regularly study the Word of God have better insight than the prophets, and greater revelation than the angels!
What about you?
- Have you invited Jesus into your heart?
- If you have, are you regularly reading your Bible?
- If you are, have you allowed God to baptize you in His Holy Spirit?
This combination not only makes you peculiar to Earthlings, it makes you peculiar to prophets and angels too!
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