Jesus says, ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.’ (John 16.12-13)
Waiting to see you
Waiting to hear you
Waiting for vision
To see your, your revelation
Revelation did not finish when the canon of Scripture was closed. God continues to speak. God is consistent, he does not contradict what he has already said. What the Spirit inspires today will not go against the word of God as recorded in the Scriptures. But it may cause us to reinterpret what he said earlier. Jesus reinterpreted the law of the Sabbath. His interpretation was different from that of his contemporaries, but it was still true to what God had already said. The early church reinterpreted the position of the Gentiles in the work of God. Their interpretation was different from that of their Jewish contemporaries, but it was still true to what God had already said. In fact more than that: Jesus’ interpretation of the Sabbath law became the definitive interpretation; the early church’s approach to the Gentiles became the definitive approach, that is, one of inclusion without requiring them to adopt Jewish practices.
God continues to speak. Let the one who has ears to hear, hear what God is saying to his people today. Waiting to see your revelation.
On the Day of Pentecost God poured out his Spirit on all people, old and young, women and men. This is the same Spirit as the ‘Spirit of truth’ that Jesus tells us about in John 16. Before Pentecost God filled specific individuals with his Spirit. The first recorded person is Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur. The Lord tells Moses that he has ‘filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze’ (Ex. 31.3-4) in order to make the Ark of the Covenant.
In Numbers 11 the Lord shares the Spirit that was upon Moses with 70 others who, as a result, prophesy. When someone expresses concern at this outburst of prophetic activity Moses responds, ‘I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’ (Num. 11.29)
About 700 or 800 years later Joel prophesied that Moses wish would indeed come true, proclaiming,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughter will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2.28-29)
It was a further 700 or 800 years before this prophesy was fulfilled (and Moses wish came true): on the Day of Pentecost God poured out his Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, on all people. Divine inspiration is no longer the prerogative of a few select individuals. Was this risky on God’s part? Absolutely! But God has always been one to take risks.
Our own understanding
The book of Proverbs (3.5) urges us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to lean on our own understanding. Our own understanding is generally a good and right thing. God gave us brains and he expects us to use them. But there is a time when logical or academic pursuit, based on our own understanding, will fail us. As we trust in the Lord, the Spirit of Truth will help us understand the word of truth. The Spirit of God will help us understand the written word of God. This happens on the stairwell where theology and human context mix and mingle.