By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A new revelation requires scrutiny as to whether it is authentic or not. A Bible dictionary noted that the term revelation falls into two categories: General and Special:
General revelation is available to all men, and is communicated through nature, conscience, and history. Special revelation is given to particular people at particular times (although it may be intended for others as well), and comes chiefly though the Bible and Jesus Christ.
Jesus, in responding to the questioning of the Pharisees seeking of him a sign from heaven, said: Why does this generation seek after a sign? I say to you, there shall be no sign given to this generation (Mark 8:12).
Generation refers to those Jews living at that time. "This generation" carries a derogatory sense because that particular generation of Jews had rejected Jesus as their Messiah, despite a new revelation of Christ provided to them.
In a prophecy given in a camp meeting were these words: In the last days shall come seducing spirits that shall turn many of My anointed ones away. Many shall fall through divers lusts because of sin abounding. When one shall turn to the right hand or to the left you shall not turn with them, but keep your eyes wholly on the Lord.
As a young Christian I was tempted to depart the church I was attending by an individual who was seeking after a brighter place of worship. I stayed, but he and his wife departed and became a part of the other church. Later they returned; but as a young Christian I may have not done so! I thank the Lord for the wisdom to not seek after a new revelation, or place of worship, through the influence of another.
The apostle Paul stated: I marvel, that you are so soon removed (or turning away) from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another (or a different) gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would (or want) to pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7). The Galatians, who he was speaking too, were being influenced by others towards defecting to another gospel; other than what they had previously received!
Our Lord said: If any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:23-24).
Wherefore, if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: Behold, he is in the secret chambers (or inner rooms); believe it not (Matthew 24:26). There have been several who have deceived others with a new revelation resulting in deception and untruth. The warnings in God's Word towards deception should not go unheeded.
The Apostle Paul warned Timothy, a young evangelist, that in the last days perilous times shall come. He spoke of those having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:5). A form of religion is mere religion without power or spiritual life.
Paul spoke of those who resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate (or disapproved) concerning the truth (2 Timothy 3:8). Paul encouraged Timothy to turn away from those who were ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7); whose quest for truth was apart from God's Word.
Paul instructed Timothy: Continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them. That from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
There is a tendency to seek after the bright lights, after a new revelation, after a more modern form of worship; forsaking the instructive Word of God; which encourages the believer in Christ to walk the strait and narrow way that leads to eternal life; forsaking the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction.
It is unfortunate, that many are flocking to bright and deceiving lights, seeking a new revelation towards an easier walk; not the strait and narrow way Jesus spoke of: Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leads to life, few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
The Apostle Paul wrote: How is it then, brethren? When you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying (1 Corinthians 14:26).
A Bible commentary noted: That each of these things might be done; every gift made use of, providing that care be taken that each was done in such a manner, as might be for the edifying of the church, not to nourish one's own pride and vanity.
Paul noted that the gifts of God are not received to exalt man but to edify the church of the living Christ; to let all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (Ephesians 1:17). This speaks of a disposition consisting of both wisdom and revelation in knowing Christ as one's Lord and Savior.
Thank God, that revelation came into my own life, a new revelation to me, that opened the door of God's love and mercy, through His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, towards the salvation of my soul!
That same revelation is available to all of mankind! The Apostle Paul wrote: Now to him that is of power (or able) to establish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began:
But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith (Romans 16:25-26).
Scripture reveals: God has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply (or in the hope) that they feel after (or find) him, though he be not far from every one of us (Acts 17:26-27).
Paul's revelation revealed the true and only God; which is still being proclaimed today, though the spreading of the Gospel message to all nations. A new revelation is being given (to those who have yet to receive it) of the Gospel message; which is also a general revelation of the need of salvation to all of mankind!
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