Who Can Learn?
Scripture supports itself!
Who can accurately learn and understand the message found in God’s Word?
Well, according to Isaiah 28:9–13 and Hebrews 5:12-14, God teaches and enlightens those who mature in the pursuit of His Word and His Will:
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed into the image of his Son… (Romans 8:29 NIV)
So who will HE teach?
Isaiah answers that question quite well and with prophecy to boot.
“Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breast.” (Isaiah 28:9 NKJV )
- God brings knowledge to those who do not remain children or babes in Christ, those who will and have grown up and matured spiritually.
- We have seen historically that what one believer does with God’s information can affect millions of people over time.
Isaiah 28:10 tells us how we must see and perceive and assemble God’s message under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit,
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little …” (Isaiah 28:10 NKJV)
- A precept is an article of truth found in God’s Word. The article of truth could be a command, a law, or a prophecy.
- One precept laid properly upon another brings greater understanding in God’s Word. As God leads a person to correctly stack one element of truth upon another pertinent and connected element of truth, the Holy Spirit guides our understanding of scripture to reveal foundational truths.
- Line upon line is similar to precept upon precept. It is the adding of one line of God’s Word to another relevant or connected line of scripture to find the depth and meaning within that section of text.
- IN “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse” the Day of the Lord Chart found on page 252 is just such a composite developed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 28:11–12 says, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he [God] speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
- Verses 11 and 12 prophesy of or refer to the Body of Christ and the Church Age.
- Until Jesus brought salvation and the infilling of the Holy Spirit into our world, there was not a people who definitively spoke with stammering lips and another tongue; referring of course, to the unknown tongue and the gift of diverse tongues and languages.
- The Body of Christ also represents those to whom Jesus said He would carry their burden and give them rest and His refreshing (Matthew 11:27–30).
- Notice the last line of this verse: “yet they would not hear.” This closing line of text also relates to the Body of Christ who would not, will not listen to sound biblical instruction before or now.
Isaiah 28:13 says,
“But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.”
- This verse indicates some of the reasons for the complexity of God’s Word.
- The Word of God can be a tremendous joy to those who truly seek Him.
- The Word of God can also be a stumbling block to those who are not willing to make the commitment of time and relationship.
- According to scripture, those who love God and His Word embrace its complexities as a gift and not a snare. Hence, the functionality and tragedy of the double-edged sword.
- Those who are just attempting to escape hell with no intention of making Jesus their Master can find the Word of God a stumbling block and a heavy burden.
God offers His Word to everyone. For those who reject Him, His Son Jesus Christ, or Christ’s divinity, the Word of God is a snare, an annoyance, convicting, damning, and punishing the unfaithful.
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36 NKJV)
For those who accept Jesus’s propitiation (payment and price) for sin and embrace His Word, the Word of God is a comforting and loving blanket drenched in the redeeming blood of a loving Savior.
For it is the effectual workings of the Lamb’s shed blood that are trans-formative, bringing the crimson of sin within our souls to the purest white of Christ’s amazing righteousness. This concept refers to the placating of both the sin and its justifiable penalties. Our soul is made white as snow, holy as the Father, unblameable as the Holy Spirit, and unpunishable as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Body of Christ now stands righteous and clean by the obedient actions of God’s loving and merciful Son, Jesus; thus, we are saved by Grace. (Ephesians 2:8)
Here is an amazing and beautiful truth and the only reason we are saved and can remain saved with all of our human foibles.
Thank you Lord Jesus for fulfilling God’s laws that we might be saved! Here in lies the miracle of our salvation!
- All who sin must suffer death (separation from God).
- Jesus, the sinless, died for sin once and for all and provided us access to that saving grace.
To read and hopefully understand these mechanics read, This Side of the Whirlwind’s “A Divine Journey”.
At the end of all His great and might promises we are the ones looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwell within us like the waters of the oceans.
(References/excerpts taken from This Side of the Whirlwind chapter 16; subsection, “Cannot Have It Both Ways” pages 309-312.)
 1 Corinthians 14:14, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”