Lining Up With The Word

We hear often that so and so's teachings do not line up with the word. Or that someone's vision, dream or prophecy does not agree with scripture. If it doesn't line up with the word, throw it out we are told. Most often this kind of talk comes from those who are basically immature in the word, and have little understanding of the deeper meanings in the word. In effect, they are saying that 'such and such teaching or theory' does not agree with my understanding of the word, so it must be wrong. So they want God to conform to them. In their pride, they never consider that there might something lacking in their understanding.

For example, we have many visions and prophesies about end time revival and harvest. The critics will throw these out, claiming that the bible makes no mention of end time revival and harvest. Now if these visions, etc, are correct, they constitute direct revelation by the Spirit. This is where the critic will jump in and come against the very idea of revelation knowledge. Critics will argue that God has nothing new to say; he said it all in his word; and the word must be sufficient. And they will maintain this without offering any scriptural proof.

What we need to be asking is whether the Spirit is giving any light on the scriptures that provide an interpretation which lines up with the prophecies. If you look in the scriptures you will find that that's exactly how God operates. He will reveal something directly and then show it to you in the scriptures. This is two witnesses establishing a word. Here is a case in point from when Jesus meets the two disciples on the road after he has risen from the dead.

Lu 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

First he tells them directly: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? Then he takes them into the bible and shows it to them in the written word. Many of the passages in Isaiah speak of a suffering servant, for example. But it's not clear who they apply to. New Testament passages spell out the fact that they refer to Jesus. Here is a well known instance of such a clarification.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Now Peter, referring to Jesus, clears up the question of whose stripes we are talking about.

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

So when immature believers claim they don't see something in the bible, the problem is not what is in the bible or not in the bible. The problem is in what they can see. It's not a question of whether something or other is not in the bible; it's just that they don't see it! Or rather they don't see it with spiritual eyes; they don't understand it.

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