[25] The root of apostasy

Verses
Ephesians 1:17-18
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,(Ephesians 1:17-18)


Message
The major difference between an apostate and a believer is that: an apostate TRIED to understand God and quit the Faith when he found out that he couldn\’t. A believer however does not TRY to understand God because he knows he can\’t; and that\’s why he asks God for understanding: For the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.


Many people in the church unfortunately  lack the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God; and for this reason they never grow up—they never move from the Sunday school stage. And it isn\’t because God doesn\’t want them to grow, it\’s just that they haven\’t humbled themselves for God to reveal Himself to them. Many people who never grow up get to the point when they think everything about God is meaningless(1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 8:7)  and from this point on they either renounce Jesus in their hearts or openly declare their renunciation. This is however according to Jesus (not me) a grave mistake to make, and the reason can be found Matthew 10:32-33.

32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)



Anyway, Back to the Spirit of wisdom and revelation…

And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (2 Peter 3:15)



Wisdom was given unto him (Paul) and with that wisdom he was able to write more than half of the New Testament. He didn\’t get the Spirit of wisdom and revelation by trying to understand God, he got it by humbling himself before God and by accepting the fact that he couldn\’t understand Him (God).


Conclusion: the root of apostasy is pride or lack of humility to receive a revelation of and from God.


Bonus 
Finally, more grace and revelations were given to him (Paul) because he was ready to take the Word into the world.


Amen

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