The Bible teaches that in these last days God has spoken to us by His Son.
That revelation does not render His previous words to His people redundant, rather, the final revelation enables all to be understood.
God has spoken.
There’s nothing more to add.
Adam Cavalier, in a guest post at Trevin Wax’s blog, points out that the Word of God recorded as the Scriptures is meant to be heard.
Picking up on Romans 10:17 he observes that listening to the Word read is a biblically assumed aspect of coming to faith, and growing in faith.
It’s one of the reasons why Mount Gambier Presbyterian reads portions of the Bible each week.
You’d expect churches and Christians who believe God speaks today to be doing the same thing and not have Bible reading marginalised in their worship.
An Australia Day reflection.
There are two statements/assertions that I run into from time to time.
The first of these stems from Pedro Fernández de Quirós, a Portuguese explorer and devout Roman Catholic, who named the lands, previously known as terra australis incognito, either La Australia del Espiritu Santo (The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit) or La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo (The Austrian Land of the Holy Spirit), depending on your currency.
Quirós was actually on Vanuatu. There is no real evidence he ever landed on Australia.
The second is usually attributed to Smith Wigglesworth. The idea is that Wigglesworth prophesied that the last great revival would take place in this part of the world. It is notoriously hard to track down exactly what it’s all about. If Wigglesworth didn’t say it, he’s certainly been saddled with the credit.
Time and again, in prayer, conversation and reading, these two prophecies are claimed.
Some seem to genuinely believe that revival will come to Australia because these two said it would.
They are accorded ‘prophetic’ status basically because Christians hope what they said is true/will become true.
I obviously don’t know either of these gentlemen.
But I wish that Christians would claim promises from God that God has made, and not the well-meaning sentiments of men.
I also wish Christians knew the difference between opinions/desires and prophecy and treated each accordingly.
Here’s a couple of prophetic words over Australia that we can put our trust in:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Why would anyone need any other ‘prophetic’ word than these?