All Truth

According to John 14:26, the apostles received the last revelation that would ever be given this side of eternity. Jesus told them

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, that the Father will send in My name, He is the One Who will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I told you.

It’s a good thing that God provided the Spirit to give all remaining revelation to the apostles, as well as to enable them to remember Jesus’ ministry so as to write inerrant Gospel accounts (See also John 12:16). We know that He met with them for forty days following His resurrection talking to them concerning the things that pertained to the church (Acts 1:3), but it was only after the Spirit of truth came upon them that they were given “all truth” (John 16:13), including prophetic understanding of the future. To know that they received all the truth that the church will ever have is important for many reasons, among which are the following:

  1. We can be sure that claims to additional revelation are false, and know, therefore, to reject them.
  2. We can know that there are no more prophecies to be forthcoming.
  3. We can know that the Scriptures, in which all truth is deposited, are sufficient for our lives.
  4. We can know that the more that we study the Bible and come to know the truths therein, the closer we come to knowing all the truth that God has disclosed (not that any of us gets all that far).
  5. We can know that there is a source of truth available to those who ask the Spirit to enable them to access and appropriate it as they study the Bible.
  6. We can know that God has completely provided a fixed rule of faith and practice for us in a world where everything else seems uncertain.

How richly God endowed us when in the coming of the Spirit, we also received all truth through the apostles!

O Come On!

According to an article in The Christian Post, Dr. Ben Carson, 7th Day Adventist and would-be aspirant to the presidency, virtually told us that God helped him cheat while in school!

According to the article in today’s blog, when he was unprepared for a chemistry test (essential to getting into medicine) he was unprepared and in a dream God gave him all the answers that he should have had on his own!

Strange doctrine indeed!

A Key to the Book of Revelation

A key to the two-part nature of the Book is found in chapter 10, verse 11:

You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.

After the letters to the seven churches, there are two great sections to the Book:

Section One: The First Enemy of the Church and its destruction.

Section Two: The Second Enemy of the Church and its destruction.

This verse stands between them.

If the second section deals with all sorts of peoples of various languages (hint, hint), what do you think the first section deals with?

Just a few thoughts to get you searching. Have fun!

The Only Real Answer to Violence

We’ve heard of all sorts of supposed solutions recently to the problem of violence:  better education, stiffer laws, training police in how to handle it—you name it and, chances are, someone has already beat you to suggesting it.

Perhaps it’s time to listen to what God says about the matter:

Without revelation people run wild, but one who keeps the law will be happy (Proverbs 29:18 HCSB).

Apart from a divinely-given standard, and the acknowledgement of it, there will never be a society that is peaceful, happy and genuinely civilized.  The Scriptures, of course, are just such a revelation. God knows what leads to peaceful living, and has told us in the Bible. As less and less people submit to God’s Word, things get worse and worse. That it should faithfully be preached and believed more and more is the only answer to the present chaos.

Christian, what are you doing to bring this about?

 

 

Dreams . . . ?

One problem with OT prophets was that they spoke of their dreams as divine revelation when they were not. Listen to this:

I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in my name have said: I had a dream! I had a dream! How long will this continue . . . the prophets prophesying lies, prophets of deceit of their own minds? . . . The prophet who has only a dream should recount the dream, but the one who has My word should speak My word truthfully, for what is straw compared to grain?                      Jeremiah 23: 25ff.

Of course we have no prophets today—there is no need for further revelation (since the apostles received all additional revelation that God would give us [John 16: 13])—which is what true prophets brought to Israel. But there were also an abundance of false prophets as well. If a supposed prophet arises, claiming God is revealing truth through his dreams, be careful—you are listening to a false prophet. Of that you can be sure. Notice the standard by which to determine whether a message is from God or not is to determine whether it is straw or grain—a prophetic dream or God’s Word!

Which of the two would you trust? Read the rest of the passage in Jeremiah to learn more about this important matter of dreaming false prophets.