“The unspiritual man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for it is foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand because they are to be spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
There is an illumination, divinely bestowed, without which theological truth is only information and nothing more. While this spiritual enlightenment is never given in isolation from theological truth, it is possible to have the theology without the illumination of the Spirit. Indeed, theology abounds in today’s religious circles but, without the Spirit of God acting upon it in the hearts of the assembled, the hungry sheep look up and are not fed, as Milton wrote.
This religion is a deception of Satan where the hungry go, where they may be fed, but where they can never be satisfied. Religious food may fill, but will never satisfy the hunger; it is the “refuse of the wheat” (Amos 8:6).
There is only one thing that truly satisfies; to be in the presence of the living God; all else must fail for we are made for fellowship with God and none other. In the presence of the holy One of Israel, we will be fed the Bread of Heaven, our daily bread, the rhema of God that is proceeding out of the mouth of God. Only the Bread of Heaven can truly satisfy the true hunger for true righteousness. Revelation comes only in the presence of God.
The greatest hindrance to receiving revelation from the Holy Spirit is our moral condition.
Biblically speaking, where there is disobedience there is unbelief and the reverse is also true; where there is unbelief there is disobedience. If we do not bring our senses under the control of the Holy Spirit, they will be occupied by Satan; then there will be disobedience and the fruit of disobedience will be unbelief or, to put it another way, unfaithful belief. In that situation, Christians revert to a condition that Jude described as “soulish, not having the Spirit” (Jude 19); there is no spirit, just soulish talk about “God things”. This is where mainstream Christianity is; it is all about feelings, not obedience.