Monday, 4 May 2015

Quote - Misquote

“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 truth.”     (John 16: 12,13)

Misguided – or false – teachers often quote the Bible in the hope that a Scripture text (such as John 16:12,13) will give greater credence to the beliefs that they are declaring.

But Jesus’ promise of the Spirit’s guidance into all truth was given exclusively to the APOSTLES.  The fulfilment of the promise is with us in the New Testament Scriptures! And yet these words of John 16 have again and again been emblazoned on platform banners and conference programmes – conveying every expectation that fresh definitive truth is being received. Jesus’ words have frequently been blandly quoted by teachers with a revisionist agenda for the life of the church. To them, truth is always evolving. It has even been said, ‘We wrote the Scriptures; we can re-write the Scriptures!’

And the untaught are taken in by the lie.

For it is a lie. Beyond the prophetic writings of the Old Testament and the Christ-centred apostolic teachings of the New, there is nothing to add (Hebrews 1:1,2; Jude 3).  After Christ – God has no more to say to us! The importance of this issue was highlighted when the Church – faced by bogus manuscripts – finally drew a line under the ‘Canon’ (the Standard) of the recognised Scriptures, to which nothing may be added.

Yet, while God has no more truths to reveal to us, we have plenty more to learn! In the scriptures we have a bottomless resource that it will take us a life-time to explore!