Most Bible scholars and theologians have an intellectual blockage that prevents them from truly believing in and following Jesus Christ. They trust in their book knowledge and test everything against their knowledge of the Bible.
To them their Bible is the final authority. They do not understand the kingdom of God. Sadly such people are in most cases preachers and pastors. They explain God from the Scriptures, but they do not know God, nor do they know Jesus Christ.
It was such a man that we read about in John 3:1 ” 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11“Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”
Even the same today, most Bible scholars and theologians do not understand to be born again of the Spirit of God, and thereafter, as born again children of God, to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Do you know any preacher that is led by the Holy Spirit? Do you know any preacher that teaches you to be led by the Holy Spirit? They can teach you the Bible according to their understanding and indoctrination, but they do not know to teach you discipleship, to follow Jesus and to be led by the Holy Spirit. Why is that? They have a mental block, that prevents them from following Jesus in faith. They want to understand everything and explain it from the Bible, but they do not gain understanding, because they do not trust Jesus and His Holy Spirit, that He gives to guide and teach those who truly believe in Jesus and therefor obey Him without doubt and questions.
The mysteries of the kingdom of God remain hidden to the wise men, those who seek wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures, because they trust in their own understanding. They keep on studying but never come to the knowledge of the truth.
Jesus gives UNDERSTANDING and wisdom to those who follow and obey Him with childlike faith. It is only when you OBEY Jesus and do what He commands, that you receive understading. He discloses Himself to those who love and therefor obey Him.
Be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Obey His commands, as recorded in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, repent and be baptized, be holy, go after Jesus and He will come and dwell with you. He will give Is Spirit in you to guide you into all truth, He will teach you all things.
May Jesus bless you.
Good meat. Unfortunately I know no leader of a congregation that is Holy Spirit filled and led.