2 Words in 1
Religion will keep you close to God, yet just out of reach of His Presence
It teaches people to rely on and emphasizes things such as Bible reading, attending religious gatherings, fasting and prayers, etc.
Rather than living in Him and walking in the open revelation of him in whom everything consists and is held together.
It acknowledges Him as the Author of the Word, but does not celebrate Him as such.
It teaches about a God who “Used to…” but now does no more.
The Holy Spirit speaks today, leads today, operates today, guides today, comforts today!
He is forever with us each day, seeking to be our soul-partner in living the spirit-filled life of giving expression to the father’s person, character, nature, personality and attributes, so He may receive His glory through us!
The TRUTH Shall Make You Free!
I have heard people say … “I read only the King James version of the Bible and nothing else…”, as though the King James version came straight out of Heaven!
Allow me to demonstrate to you that no Bible translation is factually correct without the present Revelation of the Holy Spirit to His people, giving insight into what was delivered through God’s servants back yonder, and that there is no Bible translation that has not been influenced to some degree by the personal interpretations of how men chose to see what God had said and how they chose to understand it to be – and that includes the King James Version to!
Open John 8:32 in the King James and read this well known portion.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Note that the word “truth” is printed in small letters, giving the impression that this “truth” – refers to is the unadulterated message of the gospel – as many have come to understand it to be.
Yet in the original Greek the word “Truth” in this verse is capitalized – as it should be!
See the 1611 version: “And ye shall know the Trueth, and the Trueth shall make you free.”
This small change by someone’s personal interpretation makes all the difference in understanding the true meaning of what Jesus was conveying to His audience and also to you and I today.
When the rest of the verse is also properly translated, you will find that the word translated “know” is in fact the word “Ginosko” (γινώσκω, ginōskō, ghin-oce’-ko) which has a far more deeper meaning than merely “knowing” someone or something.
It actually speaks of a deep intimate knowing that can be compared to the union of a man and a woman in becoming one flesh in marriage.
In fact the Jews also use the word in terms of sexual intercourse.
How does this change John 8:32?
When we understand that Jesus was referring to Himself when He said – “You will know the Truth” and we also come to understand that the “knowing” He was referring to is becoming a part of HIM in a deep intimate relationship that would bring freedom to our lives, then we can begin to understand that what He is saying is –
“You will become a Living part of Me in a deep intimate relationship and Union with My Spirit, where I (the Truth, the Life and the Way) will “unclothe you of your flesh” and set you free and demolish everything in you, and that is a part of your life, that is not a part of Me and of My Life.”
That brings us to a whole dimension of freedom! Speaking not of freedom through the knowledge of the words, but knowledge through intimacy, Union and becoming One with the Living expression of His Being as His Spirit-Life in us brings daily change, transforming us from one dimension of Glory to the next!
It is for reasons such as the above that we need to look UP and seek for a true and Living walk with God – Not relying on others, not relying on our our own understanding, not relying on what we assume God said yesterday, recorded in the letter – but walking in the Light as He is in the Light from day to day.
He is Alive and He seeks a deep, intimate Union in relationship with us – and ultimately, that is the only place we will ever truly be – “free indeed”!
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of the Lord since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.revival.co.za