“Epistemology issues” (7)

1 -If we consider the concept of the Holy Spirit ‘s conviction of sin in scripture ,then the question is this – through which part of human “sense” the Spirit works – either through his visible-physical sense or through his invisible-intellectual [mind] sense ,because both sin & the Holy Spirit are not the object of human physical sense-perception ,what is your view of this concept ?

While living on earth in the body, I don’t see how physical senses such as the eyes (rods, cones, etc.) and brain (synapses, neurons, etc.) can be separated out from the invisible intellectual mind. There is something harmonious going on between them. In 2 Corinthians 5:1 Paul speaks of the physical body as an earthly house or tabernacle.

I am not sure what you mean by saying sin is not the object of human physical sense perception. Your reference is John 16:8-9 where Jesus says,

“And having come, that One will convict the world concerning sin, and concerning righteousness, and concerning judgment. Concerning sin, because they do not believe into Me.”

Concerning sin because of not believing in Christ. Obviously to believe in Christ necessarily implies repenting from SIN. Thus, when the Holy Spirit convicts of sin He causes that person to repent of dead works and former idolatry, whether these idolatrous works are “religious and moral” or “irreligious and immoral.” I fail to see how physical sense perception is not involved in repenting from dead works and counting these dead works as diabolical dung (cf. Philippians 3:7-8).

As for physical sense perception of the Holy Spirit. Well, if you mean we cannot see the Holy Spirit (who is invisible) with our physical eyes, then of course that is correct. Romans 8:16 says,

“The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.”

I believe the spirit whom the Holy Spirit witnesses with is our invisible intellectual mind. But I see no disconnect between the invisible intellectual spiritual mind and the physical, visible eyes and brain that somehow receives or “takes in” information from the Bible’s printed page (for example).

With all that said, I think the Holy Spirit works through our invisible intellectual spirit. When He regenerates one of His elect they are given “eyes” to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). If a regenerate elect person is physically blind, then obviously they can still “see” the glory of Christ in the gospel through the physical ears or the physical fingers (by reading braille). If you need clarification, do not hesitate to ask.

2 -What is the decisive role of LOGOS [john 1:9] in giving all human being knowledge by HIS activity in their mind directly & effectually as HE pleases ? What is the real relationship between the LOGOS & human sensation in producing knowledge in someone ‘s mind ?

Quote:

“He was the true Light; He enlightens every man coming into the world” (John 1:9).

While I believe that God directs and controls the mind of man and gives him the ability to do things like think and reason, I think that John 1:9 refers to Jesus Christ’s (the LOGOS) exclusive activity by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11) in the minds of His regenerate elect.

The gospel is the power of God to salvation to everyone believing (Romans 1:16-17). God’s act of regenerating a sinner does not bypass sense perception since one must “read” the Word of God with either their physical eyes, ears, or fingers.

When a person who is indwelt by the Spirit of Christ (Logos) reads (sense perception) the Scriptures he sees “the brightness of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” But the unregenerate cannot “see” the gospel because the god of this age has blinded their thoughts.

So, BOTH the regenerate and the unregenerate use sense perception. The difference between the two is NOT that the unregenerate person is using sense perception while the regenerate person is not — they BOTH have to take in knowledge though the eyes (for example). The difference is the regenerate person’s spirit has been BRIGHTENED so that they can “see” the gospel, while the unregenerate person’s spirit has been BLINDED so that they cannot “see” the gospel.

That’s about the best I can do. I think that knowledge is conveyed by the Spirit of Christ to the regenerate spirit of an elect man, but also the senses play a role in obtaining this knowledge received from Christ since the physical senses and the invisible spirit are so “interconnected” somehow.

==And I also want to know what is the -sin not unto death- in 1john 5:16 meant ..==

Quote:

“If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask; and He shall give life to him, to the ones not sinning unto death. There is a sin unto death. I do not say that he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not unto death. We know that everyone being generated from God does not sin, but the one having been generated from God keeps himself, and the evil one does not touch him” (1 John 5:16-18).

John speaks of petitioning God to “give life” to a brother NOT sinning unto death. Since John says “brother” I would think it means “regenerate brother.” If this be the case, then “give life” cannot refer to giving the life of regeneration but to the life of ongoing repentance that already regenerate believers engage in. Thus, I think “sin not unto death” refers to any sin that a believer CAN commit (i.e., any sin not indicative of lostness). But I’m certainly not saying that this interpretation is the only plausible one.

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