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Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Show Me That In Scripture"

There are folks that live by the credo "show me that in scripture" meaning if it's not in scripture, it doesn't exist. These same folks would argue that any manifestation of the Spirit or revelation that they can't explain or doesn't fit in their scriptural box isn't of God and must be from a counterfeit Holy Spirit. By stating so they display a lack of knowledge of the word that they so fervently stand by. If they had the most basic understanding of the word they would know that, to quote an extremely well versed Bible scholar, "the Bible is accurate about the topics it addresses, but it also declares that it has not exhausted all that will be made known about every topic."

The proof of this comes in the words of Jesus when addressing His disciples in John 16, starting in verse 12, when He states emphatically that He had "many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." He goes on to say that there would be truths not taught by Him but to be taught by the Holy Spirit. He goes on to say in verse 15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He (the Spirit) takes of Mine and will disclose it to you." - and *will* disclose it to you, as in the future. These truths yet to be disclosed...

at the time the scriptures were written are to be revealed only by the Holy Spirit - they were not taught by Jesus when He was on earth and
 are not found anywhere in scripture. Yet, the "show me that in scripture" crowd would deny anything that isn't in scripture - once again displaying not only a lack of knowledge but a lack of spiritual understanding that Jesus was leading us into the most important, post-salvation relationship with God, the one we have with the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself stated this in John 16:7 when He said "it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you." Jesus states there was much more to learn but that the only way we can learn them is by way of our relationship with the Holy Spirit as our teacher.

It is also important to note that for the first 15 centuries of Christianity there was no access to printed scripture at all. Only priests had hand printed Bibles and believers had to either rely on what they were taught by them or be taught directly by the Holy Spirit. There was no such thing as the "show me that in scripture" gang - and yet Christianity grew just fine. Today, one of the fastest growing bodies of Christ is in China, a nation that has access to precious few bibles. There the people are almost completely dependent on the Holy Spirit as their guide and teacher. The result is that Christianity has exploded and there are eye witness reports of raising of the dead, miracles, signs and wonders on a regular basis. There are all kinds of manifestations of the Spirit that the "show me that in scripture" crowd would tear apart with shark feeding frenzy.

The Word of God is extremely important and we must 'study to show ourselves approved' but when it comes to things of the Spirit, including His manifestations, miracles, signs and wonders and revelations beyond the printed word, there is and will be things learned that are nowhere in scripture but are crucial to leading us into maturity as a body, I pray for open minds that we may see with spiritual eyes and hear with spiritual ears, for there are many things yet to be revealed. Amen.

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