THE WORD REVELATION
BY: DAVE GARNER
MAY 17, 2007
I began to ponder on the meaning of “Revelation” and its impact upon me as a Christian. It has been because I have had the freedom to challenge the unknown; search out truth wherever it may be found, and even the liberty and the boldness to ask the hard questions necessary to stir up my spirit that I have been able to grow in understanding of who I am in Christ and not stagnate from spiritual inactivity. Even though I am persuaded that “no scripture is of any private interpretation” and open to anyone who has ears to hear, I know that it can only be truly understood by the indwelling abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. I know that there have been many precious dedicated people who have been enlightened by the Word of God to such a degree, that it has changed the course of history, but it has only been so because of the depth of its edification and strength that it has provided for the Christian believers.
For me, revelation has never been abstract or theoretical; it has opened up my mind to see and understand with clarity, to reveal to me a personal picture of Jesus Christ. I by no means feel I have the corner market on truth, but what truth I do possess has given me a love for the Word of God and a desire to know Him that runs so deep that there is rarely a moment of my waking day that I am not meditating or thinking upon something in relationship to my having intimate communion with my heavenly Father. I do not believe that true revelation will ever exalt or set me in the seat of honor that sets me in a place where I am competing with my savior, by drawing people’s attention to me, rather then to Him. Revelation has been just that, an unveiling of Jesus Christ into the depths of my heart. I do not believe that it is revelation if it draws people’s adoration and devotion to me and what I am doing to such a degree that it draws it away from the only true source of their deliverance. If I were ever to be in possession of knowledge, deemed as being special insight, exclusive only to my understanding and not equally available to every member of the body, it is more then likely not revelation but the workings of the imagination.
It has been my experience that revelation is never biased or subjective but ever open to those with ears to hear. It is defined by its purpose to bring support, expectation, life, energy and strength to the body. I always try to measure my understanding of what I am receiving by asking myself some very pertinent questions. Does it set me at liberty in my spirit or does it bind me up in a box and restrict my ability to flow with the Holy Spirit and grow and become? Does it blind me to deeper depths of the truth or does it cause me to become reclusive and narrow minded? Does it promote unity and the sanctity of fellowship of spirit or does it promote independence, individuality, and separation from the body? Does it promote humility and spiritual discipline or a desire for independence and self willed? Does it cause me to be drawn ever closer to the body of Christ and its increase, or does it single me out for personal advancement in the ranks of the elite? Revelation never exalts one group of people above another group of people. I always try to measure what I hear by what it produces in my heart or in the heart of other people. Usually if it reaches out to give of itself out of itself, it is good, but if it withdraws into itself, draws to and speaks of itself, it is not good.
Revelation is not revelation unless it is established upon a sure foundation which is and always will be the uncovering or unveiling of Jesus Christ upon and within the heart of humanity. The validation of any revelation rest in its ability to be a part of the structure or house that God builds, not what we are building, for all else would be in vain. All revelation is confined to and built upon the parameters of the foundation already laid down long ago in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no other house except the house of God established in Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:9-18, “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Ephesians 2:13-22 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.,
2 Tim 2:19, “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
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