Contending

 

Watering the Tulips

August 22, 2012

 

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”Jude 1:3

The Bible is complete.  God is not giving further revelation today.  Perhaps this sounds like an elementary teaching to you but it needs to be powerfully emphasized.  All of our doctrine and practices in our lives and churches must be founded on God’s Word today and it alone!  The faith…the only faith…was “once for all delivered to the saints”.   This supernatural revelation of Scripture ended the moment John sat his pen down from writing the Book of Revelation. 

There is an ever so active movement today to ascribe the inspiration of God to various teachers today.  Some would at least imply that their “new revelations” are as much God’s Word as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Paul or Luke.  Others would even lead us to believe that songs today are as inspired as the Psalms.  This simply is not true.  Certainly, we are to be lead by the Holy Spirit of God as we teach, preach and sing.  But, our words must always be based on God’s Word.  He simply is not giving new revelation outside of His revealed Word today!

The apostle Paul said “for we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done way” (1 Corinthians 13:9).  “That which is in part” refers to supernatural revelations given through prophecies, unlearned languages and new truths (1 Corinthians 13:8).  God ceased speaking to man in these ways when the perfect Word of God was completed.  There simply is no need for it anymore.  God has completed His Book, the Bible. 

The Bible is simply all man needs.  1 Timothy 3:17 says it is enough to thoroughly equip the believer “for every good work.”  So again, we do not need additional revelation.  In fact, we fail miserably at keeping the instructions contained in the Bible.  Why would we want to add more to it?  Of course, we all know that adding to the revelation God gave is condemned in God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19).  This warning was given in the last verses of the last inspired book.  This is because God had completed that which was “perfect”.  Now, those things which brought us knowledge “in part” have been done away. 

So, why do men flee to such teachers today?  Simply, we are living in an age of sign seeking.  However, this is not new.  The Pharisees were constantly seeking after a sign as proof of Christ’s ministry.  To which He replied, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matthew 12:39).  Jonah’s time in the belly of the great fish was symbolic of Jesus’ time in the grave.  And just as sure as Jonah came out after three and a half days, so Jesus has been resurrected.  What further sign do we need than the resurrection of Christ?

Child of God, let us return to the study of God’s Word and our reliance on it.  It is all we need today.  Test the messages you hear each and every week by God’s inspired Book.  It will always do to base every belief on.

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