The realm of spirit is very scientific. It functions according to divine principles laid down by God. The soulish realm of religion is not so. It is governed by human feelings and emotions. Thus, in the realm of soulish religion we battle guilt, condemnation, and a host of other “feelings” not rooted in God. Receiving revelation is the same way. Revelation comes on many different levels. We can receive revelation through the living word of Christ being revealed to us, or we can receive it through the many levels of the religious soul realm. It is very difficult to discern between the two if we are not constantly feeding upon a living word made real to our hearts.
In the realm of spirit we have the capacity to see to the root of a thing. In the soulish realm we rarely see the roots of what our natural senses perceive. The soulish realm will come to wrong conclusions every time. We have an example of this in Luke 9.
51 ¶ Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,
52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.
53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
54 And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”
55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
56 “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.
James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven and consume the Samaritan village because they would not receive Christ. Jesus told them they did not know what spirit they were of. In chapters one, two and 19 of Revelation, Jesus is portrayed as having eyes as a flame of fire. When Ezekiel had his vision of the cherubim he saw that they were full of eyes all around. This all speaks to spiritual perception. The realm of spirit is the source of all happenings in this earthly realm. As we leave the realm of soul we begin to discern the forces behind any given thing.
We do not become spiritual (scientific) except by the living word having its work in us. For example, God tells us we are righteous in Him. This is the Word. However, our soul life may tell us something completely different. Our emotions and feelings easily become colored. We may “feel” anything but righteous. As we learn to walk by His word, rejecting our feelings, we become spiritual people. In the realm of spirit there is no “maybe,” only what God has said. Learning to walk in the realm of our own spirits takes a work of God in us. This is why Heb. 5 says, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Notice how the writer says “having their senses trained.” It is the separation of soul and spirit within us that creates the capacity to move in the realm of spirit.
We will see and understand because we are righteous, not religious. We are His righteousness, and that righteousness will be worked experientially in us. There is no substitute for wrestling with God. We must grapple with Him as Jacob did until He fully prevails over us. The only thing that satan cannot counterfeit is a relationship with the Lord. Knowing Him is our guarantee of seeing clearly. Jesus stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” This passage is quoted thousands of times daily in Christianity. It is spoken as doctrine, not as a living relationship with the Lord. The living word of Christ will expunge the soulish religion that remains in us. The soul realm will give way to a pure walk in the spirit. Only in the realm of spirit shall we see Him as He is (1st John 3:2). The cross of Christ will crucify the many levels of soulish seeing until we see with His eyes. We are going to know the Lord.