The Bible is a function of God, not God of the Bible. As a created thing the Bible has its function and purpose as a work that finds its being in God. Jesus is the complete revelation of God. The Bible testifies of Jesus. But it no more reveals the fullness of Jesus than a novel reveals the fullness of it's author. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus. In God fullness is found in I AM and the person of Jesus. The revelation of God to you is Christ in you and Christ in others. The Bible is revelation to us when Christ is our life. 'Whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away' 2 Cor 3.16 NIV.
Only in Christ is the veil of misunderstanding taken away.
By itself the Bible will not lead us to truth. The meaning and application of the Bible is found in Jesus alone. While all of the Bible is the word of God the new testament is not only new. It involves a radically different state of being - a state of being in which we are removed from externals, pointers and shadows to the reality of spirit and truth - which is God Himself as our life. Turning to the Lord is more than the acceptance of salvation and believing in Jesus. It is knowing Jesus personally and living in what God has accomplished in Him. In Christ all that is not God and not life-giving is shown for what it is - death.
'But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away' 2 Cor 3.14 NIV.
New Testament life means that our being is situated and formed in the person of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Jesus lives through us and the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us. Nevertheless it is folly to pay scant attention to the Bible and attempt to live entirely by a present revelation of the Holy Spirit. To do this is to expose ourselves to serial delusion. God has revealed Himself to Holy men and women throughout history. These dealings and relationships are recorded in the Bible for our instruction to equip us to discern truth from error and separate life from death. Biblical literacy enables us to test the spirits including testing ourselves and our motives in regard to purity and wisdom. A Biblical illiterate will have no way of knowing what is the leading of God and what is merely wishful thinking or input another source.
'Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world' 1 John 4.1 NIV.
Father has given us an historical account of His revelation and dealings with human beings for a purpose. This purpose is so that we can be open to further wisdom and revelation and so that we can ascertain whether we are acting merely according to our personal notions or the teaching of God about Himself. Jesus asserted that many of the so called authorities of His day knew neither the scriptures nor the power of God. Neither do some today.
Some utterances are unintelligent and lack a true perception of the meaning of the words they are saying. They receive their doctrine from the masses and fashionable belief instead of the word of God or if from the Bible with scant reference to the context and meaning of the passage. Such people expound because they can and because they need to feel important. They are clouds with out rain. The wisdom and revelation of God takes us relentlessly towards the light of the Son of Righteousness. Walking in His light we see light and become the light of the world. We do what Jesus is doing today because we know what He did in the past and what He has instructed us to do in the present. Wisdom validates itself in peace and fruitfulness.
'Consult God's instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn' Isa 8.20 NIV.
There is no excuse for being Biblically illiterate in the West where Bibles are freely available. In some countries people weep when they get their hands on a Bible for the first time, so rich is it in the wisdom of God. To ignore the Bible and talk about how the Lord is leading us by the Spirit is to reveal ourselves as lacking in both wisdom and revelation.
'For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God' Prov 2.3-5 NIV.
On the other hand don't be a creature of the letter or be influenced by those who who live from the letter. A 'letter' exponent will be alienated from revelation and the fullness of 'life without limit' that comes from Christ as our life.
An old covenant mind-set causes us to misinterpret and misapply the scriptures. It binds us to the letter while alienating us from Christ, who would take away our veil of confusion if we immersed ourselves in His person. With an old covenant mind-set one can have smatterings of the anointing yet remain almost completely outside life in the Spirit and its privileges of sonship.
To live in Christ is to have the Spirit without limit and have access to the infinite vision of God. The mind of Christ is not the mind of tradition, our innate reserve, timidity, a belief system or religious up-bringing. The mind of Christ is the mind of the Holy Spirit with wisdom and revelation alight in you.
'The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit' 1 Cor 2.14 NIV.