Continuing Revelation,Miracles, Prophecy, and Tongues-D Wadsworth

Many Christians today speak of continuing revelation. Relate this concept to inspiration and sufficiency of the Scriptures. Relate this concept to the issues of miracles, prophecy, and tongues.

God has given us His word because he wants us to trust him and get to know him intimately. (I Timothy 3:16) tells us that all of the scriptures that in the Bible is breathed out by God and is useful for us today. God states in (John 14:26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you and in (Acts 20:32) And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified..

Continuing revelation is defined on Wikipedia as a theological belief or position that God continues to reveal divine principles or commandments to humanity. When relating to continuing revelation to scripture and sign gifts there has been great debate and lines drawn by many denominations.

Daniel Wallace shares- eleven theses or challenges addressed to cesessionists that echo the themes of Jonathan Edwards:

1. Although the sign gifts died in the first century, the Holy Spirit did not.
2. Although charismatics have given a higher priority to experience than to relationship, rationalistic evangelicals have given a higher priority to knowledge than to relationship.
3. This emphasis on knowledge over relationship has produced in us a bibliolatry.
4. The net effect of such bibliolatry is a depersonalization of God.
5. Part of the motivation for this depersonalization of God is our increasing craving for control.
6. God is still a God of healing and miracles.
7. Evangelical rationalism can lead to spiritual defection.
8. The power brokers of rational evangelicalism, since the turn of the century, have been white, obsessive-compulsive males.
9. The Holy Spirit’s guidance is still needed in discerning the will of God.
10. In the midst of seeking out the power of the Spirit, we must not avoid the sufferings of Christ.
11. To what does the Spirit bear witness?

As cessationists, we would do well to grapple with these issues.

At the same time, however, charismatics would do well to grapple with the following questions:

Issue 1: Is the canon of Scripture closed or open?
Issue 2: Is primacy to be found in biblical authority or experience?
Issue 3: Is Scripture sufficient for faith and practice and, equally importantly, for life?
Issue 4: Will our central focus be on the Savior or the Spirit?
Issue 5: Should we expect more to the Christian life?
We are responsible to offer “something more” than either sterile rationalism or destructive emotionalism. We must offer a personal, real relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship involves all the normal emotions involved in a love relationship (love, joy, peace).

As Edwards said in A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections:
There is no true religion where there is no religious affection. As on the one hand, there must be light in the understanding, as well as an affected fervent heart; where there is heat without light, there can be nothing divine or heavenly in that heart; so on the other hand, where there is a kind of light without heat, a head stored with notions and speculations, with a cold and unaffected heart, there can be nothing divine in that light, that knowledge is no true spiritual knowledge of divine things.
Excited Utterances: A Historical Perspective On Prophesy, Tongues and Other Manifestations of Spiritual Ecstasy Study By: Matthew Allen

Honestly, we need to tread carefully for wall building within the camp-this is not taught in the inspired and sufficient Scriptures. We should run hard after Jesus. Let others argue about who will be the greatest.

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.” 2 Tim. 1:14.

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