Yesterday, my wife and I were listening to a famous global preacher as he taught on hearing from the LORD. His position was that it is impossible to hear from God by yourself; according to him, God must speak to you through people before you can ascertain that God has spoken. His basis for this position is that the Scripture, in Romans 10 : 14 says:
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? . . .” – Romans 10 : 14 – 15a
In as much as my interest is not in debating this Scriptural position and the interpretation, it is helpful to shine the light on the Biblical structure, upon which everyone should review what is heard in the name of the LORD.
Expositions are based on deeps and exhaustive study of the Bible to identify and establish ways that things should be or how they should be done. It offers a doctrinal framework within which whatever is of God can be reviewed. When Biblical expositions are done, it is valid to request Scriptural references to such matters before they are accepted.
Revelations, on the other hand, are God’s intervention in present matters in preparation for the future. It comes as ‘Thus says the LORD’, and the evidence that it is from the LORD is instant. It either manifests in deep confirmations in the heart of the hearer or sharp results that are evident to all, in favor of what is said or not. If it is a revelation from the LORD, evidence would follow; if not, a judgment would follow also because it would not be established. Revelation may come as an insight into a written Scripture, to make understandable what once remained a mystery. To completely shun out revelations, because of the abuse of it, is evil. It has produced denominations that do not believe in hearing from the LORD, by the Holy Spirit. If God only speaks through the written word, how would preachers hear their call to go and preach unto those who would believe?
The Holy Spirit orchestrates revelational knowledge about God. It may not necessarily have a Scriptural reference, but it is from the LORD. Yes! We know there are myriads of abuse of revelation from the LORD, but God still reveals Himself when needed. Still, as many as are LED BY the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. So, when next a minister is operating in the revelation knowledge given to him by the Holy Spirit, we should be really careful not to question what is done because we cannot find a similar example of such in the Bible. God spoke to those who lived in the Bible days, that was why their acts were recorded. If it pleases the LORD, the records of our walks with God today can become Scriptures for others coming after us. The decision is God’s! However, when it pertains to matters of doctrine and ordinances, the Scripture is rich in them and the ones that were written there is enough example for us to follow, by the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.
Interpreting Scriptures (letters) with Scriptures (letters) may produce the death of fellowship with God and the birth of religion.
The Scriptures (letters) and the Rhema word (spoken) are both from the LORD. When they are both experienced under an atmosphere where the Holy Spirit is in charge, they produce a spring of life.
Summarily, if it is an exposition, ask for Scriptural references. If it is from revelation knowledge, subject it to the approval of the Spirit of God. This is the reason why we must all have a solid relationship and fellowship with God, through Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit.
Peace to the righteous.