For a moment, imagine that you are visiting an art museum and the power goes out. All power. No emergency lights, nothing. It’s dark. You can’t see your hand in front of your face. You freeze, afraid to move for fear of bumping into someone or something. Beautiful artwork all around you but you can’t see it. Wow! What a mess. Then the light comes on and you go about your way, looking at and enjoying the paintings and statues.
Well, this is an example of what it is like to read the Bible without the illuminating light of the Holy spirit. I’m sure you’ve heard folks say “I don’t read the Bible. I just can’t understand it. Well no wonder! Without the Holy Spirit living IN us, we cannot understand scripture. Sure, one might know what the words say, but without the Holy Spirit’s leading and illuminating the scriptures, no one can fully discern God’s message to us.
(1Cor 2:12-14 [KJV])
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.