Jesus came and the Bible states that “He was full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). We have looked at what it means to understand and live in grace and show grace to others. We are currently looking at knowing the truth and living by that truth in our world today.
Jesus taught His disciples the truth about sin, judgment, the Kingdom, prayer, purpose, relationships, healing, deliverance… and the list goes on and on. However, He did say that there were many other things – more truth – that they needed to know and that it was the task of the Holy Spirit to reveal that truth to them and lead them into the practical application of these further truths in their daily lives (John 16:13).
This is what we call revelation knowledge – the Holy Spirit revealing truths to us personally and as the Church so that we can walk in the fullness of God’s plans and purpose for our lives. It is upon revelation – the supernatural ability to hear God’s voice and receive new truth – that the Church is being built (Matthew 16:18). This assumes that His children have learned to hear His voice accurately and that they have a good working knowledge of His Word.
Worldwide as I travel and minister it is evident that believers do not hear the voice of God and those who think they do are listening to other voices believing it is really Jesus speaking when it is not. It is also obvious that most believers have a very poor knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and literally no idea how to correctly read and interpret what the holy book is saying to them. Thus, they are not receiving revelations and so they end up building their “house” on the sand and it soon encounters the storms of life and fails miserably to stand up to the beating it then takes.
To receive accurate revelation truths we need to be in a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit (called fellowship in 2 Corinthians 13:4) and learn to hear His voice. And, we need to know the Bible really well so we can correctly judge the revelations and know for certain if they are of God or not. This means growing up and taking responsibility for our own walk with God and not simply letting others feed and guide us as valuable as their input may be.