Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (Jn. 14:17 ESV)
The scripture above teaches us about the Holy Spirit, His relationship with the believer and the world. However, I want to point out a subtle truth from this scripture to help you better understand the operation of the spirit realm. It says the world cannot “see” or “know” the Spirit. What does this mean?
How do you know what is happening in your body? You can feel it, right? The bodily senses can tell you what is happening around you. You stay in touch with the physical world through the senses, giving you information( knowledge) about your environment.
How do you know what is happening in your soul and in the mental realm? Through the faculties of your soul including thoughts, feelings, and will. You are conscious of the things in your soul through your thoughts, feelings, etc. You are aware and know the things of your body through the bodily senses.
This is the question for you? How do you know the things of the spirit, where God dwells? You do not know these things through the mind or the bodily senses. This is the problem of the world. They are trying to know God through the mind. God is known in the spirit, and the spirit of the sinner lives in darkness and blindness since the Fall. When you got born again, you were brought “into the Spirit,” and your spiritual eyes were opened and therefore able to know God.
Why does the world hate God and Christians? ( John 16:3)
APPLY THE WORD
You see God by knowing Him. You see the realm of the spirit by the knowledge of the Word. If you want to open your eyes in the spirit, grow in the knowledge of the Word. God also imparts the ability to see dreams and visions, but this is only a minor part of our knowing the realm of the spirit.
If you ask God to open your eyes, He will ask you to take His Word in! ( Ps. 119:105) Pray that God will open your eyes by His Word!