Speaking Spiritual Truth in Spiritual Words
“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.” I Corinthians 2:13
Maybe you are like me, I love deep and meaningful conversation. I am not much on “small talk” and “chit chat” and have a low tolerance level for too much of that. But to be with others who meditate on spiritual truth and also love to “search out a matter", is one of the biggest blessings of the Lord to my heart. For me the search is based on what He is speaking to us and the basis for “understanding the matter” is His Word.
Yet there are so many ways of looking at just about everything, so many perspectives. And there is validity in many diverse perspectives of the same truth. But when we communicate and are willing to consider the spiritual-based-on-the-Word-perspective of another, it is an especially blessed experience, bringing deep unity of heart. We have to be willing to listen and not be in the process of thinking of our own next statement. But we also have to get that “inner witness” of the Spirit. Instead of talking about pros, cons, and differing opinions, we go deeply into the truth, while marveling and praising Him for the truth we are understanding together!
I have asked the Lord about how to speak spiritual truth in spiritual words. Sometimes I have even thought about how wonderful it will be when all of us believers are in our eternal form, in our glorified state, where we communicate in the purest way, spirit to spirit. I am thinking that perhaps we won’t even speak audibly to each other, that we will supernaturally understand each other, by the power of the Ruach, without words. We will simply be so “One” with Him and with each other that love, acceptance and understanding will just exist as our eternal condition.
In the meantime, I believe He would have us speak truth to each other, spiritual truth in spiritual words, even in everyday conversation. In one of our Kehila gatherings, we studied the “Sh’ma” from Deut. 6:4-9, Deut. 11:13-21, and Num. 15:37-41 and also pondered Yeshua’s words from the Sh’ma, recorded in the Brit Hadasha, in places like Matt. 22:37-40 and Mark 12:29-30. In these passages, we see that the Lord intends for us to speak of these spiritual truths as we go about our daily life – spiritual truth in spiritual words is not limited to a designated day or hour or religious service – it is the fiber of our being to live in the light of spiritual truth:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
As believers, our view about all things in the natural world is based on the Word. Our basis for how we understand any matter comes from the truth of the Word. I am not talking about cavalier, “spiritual-sounding” responses, but spiritual truths with spiritual words that are coming truly from the depths of being in unity with Him. We can only do this if the Word is dwelling richly in our hearts, in the very essence of our beings.
The interesting thing is that understanding “spiritual truth in spiritual words” requires the ability to speak and understand the language of the Spirit. What is our “default language”, our native tongue? Do we speak “World”, or do we speak “Spirit”? I don’t want “Spirit” to be my second language – I want it to be my first language! We won’t be able to speak “Spirit” unless we live our lives immersed in the Ruach haKodesh.
Sometimes it will mean that we have to forego the “spiritual lite” gatherings where most who gather are cultural believers, who may enjoy a wholesome time of fellowship together, but are not comfortable with speaking the language of the Spirit. The Lord has called us to a sold-out life that is zealous for Him. It means we learn the language of His heart.
To become articulate in any language, you must speak in that language. And if you want to be understood, it’s necessary to find others who speak and understand the same language you are speaking. I am thinking of what it is like when you are in a foreign land and suddenly you hear someone speaking the language you know. There is no question that you are drawn to that person and have an automatic connection because of this ability to understand each other.
Yeshua spoke spiritual truth in spiritual words. Some understood Him and some did not. I deeply desire to understand Him and to speak His language. And I deeply desire for all of us, as His followers, to speak the language of the Spirit as our “first language”.