2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” NKJV
Most of the time I understand what someone is saying when they say, “I have a new revelation from God.” Rarely are they declaring they have received or uncovered something extra-biblical or even something not heretofore revealed. After all the writer of Ecclesiastes declared that there is nothing new under the sun. (1:9). There is no additional Bible beyond what we have and God has not and will not change.
However, if we understand “revelation” in the biblical sense as “God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures and/or His communication of truth to the human heart” it becomes much more commonplace or should. I sometimes see something I have never before seen or heard discussed and, to me, that is a “new revelation”. It is not new in the sense that it was not always in the word and open for others or even that no one else has seen it but it is “new to me.” It could be explained as in a person buy a car. The new car, although used and not technically new, is new to them.
Psalms 19:1 reveals, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Romans 1:18-25 declare that God reveals Himself through nature and therefore all are without excuse. That does not mean that God will not or does not open our understanding to something completely new to us and enable us to teach and bring others to that knowledge with is revelatory. God is still speaking today but there is caution to be exercised.
Relying on a “new revelation” that is extra-biblical is what produced and produces many of the false religions and sects practiced today with tenets that are contradictory to the written Word of God, the Bible. We are told in Deuteronomy 4:2, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it…” In 23:32 we read, “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” In Psalm 30:6, “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” Then the clincher in Revelation 22:18-19, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Therefore, I believe that God is still speaking to human hearts revealing Himself more fully and teaching us His ways more clearly but whatever “new revelation” we receive will be consistent to the teachings of the Bible and verifiable in the Bible. It is disturbing, to me, that some are running here and there seeking a “new revelation” rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to plant them where they can grow, develop and produce fruit.
If I see something I have never seen before it is “new to me” and I become excited and want to share it with everyone. Some have declared at my presentation of this “new” it was a “new revelation” and people would flock to hear the “new revelation.” Too often I have witnessed in today’s church that unless the minister is declaring they have a “new revelation” people become bored and look elsewhere for someone who could claims a “new revelation.” In that sense the terminology has harmed the Body of Christ. However, the fact that we go decades in too many churches without seeing something new or beyond what we had seen before also speaks of death not life. We should strive to be open to the Holy Spirit that He can guide us into ALL TRUTH and never be satisfied or become complacent where we are.
God bless you as you go through this day!