Clouds and Darkness
“Clouds and darkness are round about Him.”
A man who has not been born of the Spirit
of God will tell you that the teachings of
Jesus are simple. But when you are baptized
with the Holy Ghost, you find “clouds and darkness
are round about Him.” When we come
into close contact with the teachings of Jesus
Christ we have our first insight into this aspect
of things. The only possibility of understanding
the teaching of Jesus is by the light of the
Spirit of God on the inside. If we have never
had the experience of taking our commonplace
religious shoes off our commonplace religious
feet, and getting rid of all the undue familiarity
with which we approach God, it is questionable
whether we have ever stood in His presence.
The people who are flippant and familiar are
those who have never yet been introduced to
Jesus Christ. After the amazing delight and liberty
of realizing what Jesus Christ does comes
the impenetrable darkness of realizing Who He is.
Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you,”
not the words I have spoken, “they are spirit, and
they are life.” The Bible has been so many words
to us—clouds and darkness—then all of a sudden
the words become spirit and life because
Jesus re-speaks them to us in a particular condition.
That is the way God speaks to us, not by
visions and dreams, but by words. When a man
gets to God it is by the most simple way of words.