The Spirit of revelation
That moment when you thought I’d coined a new word only to find it is not only already a word but also already a book title as well. Revelationship is defined by urbandictionary.com as: A relationship in which each involved party acquires increasing knowledge through every interaction with one another.
The book I have not read, it is available on Amazon but I know nothing of its content, so I cannot commend it or recommend you avoid it. There are no customer reviews either. The advertising blurb on Amazon says it is about submission to our Lord Jesus Christ. As Jesus is in us through the Holy Spirit there may be some crossover with what I have been thinking and this book, but I do not know.
Portmanteau aside, revelation and relationship are closely linked. Relationships are always two-sided. Even with God. In the Old Testament King Hezehial was told by Isaiah the prophet that he would die, Hezekiah prayed and God changed his mind. 2 Kings 20:1–7. It is a two-way thing, as we live in the Spirit and Walk in the Spirit we learn more about what the Spirit is like and we become more like the Spirit. That is what Paul is talking about in the Fruit of the Spirit passage, we become more like the Holy Spirit, love, joy and peace etc. and less like the flesh (that part of all of us that is against God, sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery etc.). Here’s the passage
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
But it is a two-way thing, as we live in the Spirit and Walk in the Spirit, the Spirit learns more about what we are like and we become more effective, more like the people God means us to be. It is not instant, it is a journey that takes a lifetime, a journey I feel like I am only beginning.
My problem is that I like to have an agenda. Agendas are good, they get things done. There’s the overall plan or mission statement, which states where we intend to go or wish to achieve and then set steps we need to take to achieve that. So as a Christian I have wasted too much time trying to find Gods agenda and the steps needed to achieve it. What I have found, and what has really helped me is that God puts relationship before agenda.
That’s not quite right, relationship is God’s agenda. God became human and suffered death at human hands in order to reconcile men to God, are you still with me… AND … to reconcile people with each other. That’s right with each other. When asked what was the greatest law, Jesus answered with two laws. He did not just quote Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and leave it there, he added Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbour as yourself” to it. Our relationships with each other are important to God.