Updated: May 17, 2019
By Peter McArthur
(Col. 2:18) Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels cheat you out of the prize by boasting about what he has seen. Such a person is puffed up without cause by his carnal mind.
There’s a principle here. “Don’t intrude into those things which you have not seen for yourself.” Only when you have personally “seen” (= had revealed to you) deep truths are you free to speak about them. This is a warning to teachers and preachers. Prov. 5:15 "Drink water from your own cistern and fresh water from your own well".
Notice this is how Jesus worked.
Jhn 8:38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.
Jhn 5:19-20 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; andthe Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.
We are entering a special time when we must PERSONALLY KNOW truths as a reality — and not by second-hand knowledge via some other source (e.g. Pastor’s teachers, books, etc). Too many believers today live off second-hand truths! Drink from your own well.
Revival will not come until we are personally preparing ourselves. The old saying is “Revival starts closest to the heart of God and furthest from the eyes of men.” Because many of us desire to aim for “the prize of the upward call” (Philp. 3:14) there’s a great, great danger of deception. Not just of wrong doctrine, but also of wrong participation. We won’t participate in the higher things if our foundation is not secure.
The foundation needed to “go higher for this prize” (this is better term than “deeper”) is to know (experientially) what GRACE is! Grace will be the springboard that will propel us into the higher things. Note that Jesus grew into the “deep things” of the Father’s will with GRACE attending Him.
Luk 2:40 The child continued to grow and was strengthened in spirit, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
It will be our safeguard when the deep things of the Father’s will begin to be revealed. Grace! Without this solid foundation the seeking for “the prize of the upward call” will always keep luring us on — but we’ll never touch it. Then some believers will actually pretend to understand this realm — but when the moment arrives, their deception will be plain to all.
I’d like to relate two dreams I experienced if I may. These are certainly not to validate what I’m saying, but it did provide me with some understanding. Both dreams were about waves.
In one dream I was standing next to a wall, not feeling any threat or danger. Suddenly I turned and saw an enormous wave of heavy water heading toward me. It was terrifying, but then instead of trying to escape I simply stood still, and faced the mammoth wave encroaching me. As I stood facing the onslaught I felt a strange calmness. There was no fear or even a hint of anxiety. I simply let the wave come to me. As it came upon me it just dissolved over me. There was no forcefulness in it, no pain, not even wetness on my clothes. The wave came forcefully, but then just dissolved as though it were a fine mist. Then it was gone.
In the second dream, I saw another wave similar to the one related above, only this time there was no wall. As the wave came toward me, racing with a thunderous noise, I found myself lifted up through it (without getting wet) and then I flew higher and over the crest of the wave. I rose higher and higher over the entire wave of water. I was safe, secure, not even wet, and had an elated feeling as I looked down and perused the awfulness of that mountainous wave beneath me. I had been delivered.
The symbolism of this is quite straight forward. The waves were encroaching troubling teachings, dangerous doctrines bent on overtaking me. As I turned and faced the danger, putting my trust in the Father, then when the potentially threatening moment arrived – it either dissolved, or I was lifted above it. In both cases I was safe from the destructiveness of the issue. Grace had delivered me from the moment of succumbing and being overwhelmed.
Let us go back to grace and let it be ingrained deep within us. I believe it (and the accompanying wisdom) is the antidote for spiritual deception. So let us examine ourselves.
2 Cor. 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?
The word “examine” means “to scrutinize, to discipline.”
The word “test” means “with purpose of approving.”
Therefore we are to test ourselves with the idea of approving who and what we are, and to scrutinize our beliefs and then discipline ourselves to lean on grace and grace alone. What a day that will be for us personally. What a day that will be when the Body corporate arrives at this mature stage.
Zech 4:7 What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Amen to that!