Thursday, May 3, 2012

I would like to recognize...

1 Corinthians 14:37-38

37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. 38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.

Paul knew that the Holy Spirit spoke to and through him. He so confidently knew this to be eternally and externally verifiable that he took time in this letter to the church at Corinth to reinforce that if anyone claims to be spiritual or a speaker of truth on behalf of God, they ought acknowledge Paul's writings as though they are a direct command of the LORD.

Pastors often pray that God would speak through them to reach the lost. Paul knew definitively that God did speak through him and knew that he was writing authoritative Scripture as he penned his letters.

If you do not recognize this, you will not be recognized by God.

Many people know Brad Pitt and could spot him in a crowd (as is the only likely scenario in which you would see him as it seems unlikely that he would be anywhere without a crowd also being present). However, if he does not recognize you or acknowledge you, guess what? You don't know Brad Pitt.

Many people claim to know God and do so based on whatever grounds they deem to be most relevant to them. In the end, however, it will not matter on what grounds you believe to know God, but on the grounds of whether or not He knows you.

If you do not acknowledge Scripture, Scripture and its Author will not acknowledge you.

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