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TOPIC:          FOUR BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH EDIFICATION                   

TEXT:           1 Cor 14: 1 – 6.                                                                Part 3

 

THE EFFECT OF REVELATIONS

“Now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in (unknown) tongues, how shall I make it to your advantage unless I speak to you either in REVELATION...“disclosure of God’s will to man…”1Cor 14:  6 AMP.

 

Again we reemphasize the point that speaking revelation, as it were, is not speaking some deep things or mysteries that is above the understanding of the average listener. Infact speaking some deep things out of religious pride, at the expense of your audience, amounts to speaking in tongues in a sense.

 

The point therefore is clear: to speak in Revelation is a disclosure of God’s will for man. So when you are speaking to a people and they are getting what you are saying by discovering the will and mind of God both for them and the ultimate purpose of God’s will for mankind, whether you are teaching, preaching or prophesying, you are causing them to know.  Don’t forget that when an understanding about a thing comes, faith follows because of absolute conviction. Therefore people can only live by the revelation within them of what we preach and teach and not necessarily how systematic or the oratory involved in what we are presenting.  In fact we should be more bothered about the level of Revelation that our audience receives than the grammar or loudness of what we preach.

 

It should be understood that it was actually in this realm of understanding that Apostle Paul lived, through the Revelations that were coming to him, hence the level of faith that he exhibited.

 

PAUL’S ABUNDANCE OF REVELATION

In 2Cor 12:1 Paul states: “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and Revelations of the Lord (KJV).

 

Now the word vision is Optasia in the Greek and it means visually i.e. an apparition; vision.  What is visual is what is made apparent, to make real. That is why we teach with visual Aids in order to assist our mental comprehension of the subject in question. And the word Revelation is a disclosure of what is hidden.  Now to have “a Revelation of the Lord” means a making apparent to Paul of who the Lord is.  In other words, the Lord made himself and his activities known to Paul on a personal level.

 

Therefore in His Testimony, he said: “Am I not an apostle…have I not seen Jesus Christ the Lord?” (1Cor 9:1)  This was in direct reference to his encounter with the Lord on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).  And so in recounting his experience to King Agripa, he said “…I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26: 19). So when he spoke about the “Revelation of the Lord"(2Cor 12: 1) and he being taken to the third heaven, it explains his unique, personal touch by God and the will of God in Christ for His body the church which is the third heaven – the fullness of the Christ manifested in a people – the man-child company on the earth. It therefore follows that when we are talking about “Revelation” we are speaking of what the Lord has personally communicated to an individual or corporately that certainly unfolds into a mission for the body of Christ towards their edification.  This should be the true foundation of faith as the people begin to see more clearly what the Lord has in mind for his people.

 

 

WHAT WILL REVELATION DO FOR US?

  1. Real faith and Godly zeal: - In Ps 36:9 we read “for with you is the fountain of life; in your Light do we see Light” (AMP); by implication, by Revelation shall understanding come to us. In other words, we get illuminated within as God’s revelation comes to us, revealing to us who the Lord is and our state in relation to His character and holiness. Apostle Paul did not know how bad he was and even his mission until he met the Lord in a vision and revelation. Telling somebody that he is a sinner does not change the person until there is a personal revelation of the wickedness and ugliness of sin and who the Lord is to that individual.  Why? Because “… when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; there is Light” (Eph 5: 13) AMP.  You can’t even be a true Christian and die for the faith until you have a personal revelation and the import of the word Salvation.
  2. Divine Direction: - “Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. I went because it was specially and divinely revealed to me that I should go, and I put before them the Gospel (declaring to them that) which I preach among the Gentiles. However, (I presented the matter) privately before those of repute, (for I wanted to make certain, by thus at first confirming my communication to this private conference) that I was not running or had not run in vain – guarding against being discredited either in what I was planning to do or had already done”  (Gal 2: 1- 2 KJV/AMP)

Note this: Paul was not having a second thought about the truth of what he believed and have been preaching, but rather he is concerned that when churches are founded they should keep in touch with the mother church; this is why he felt the collection for the poor saints in Jerusalem was very important (1Cor 16: 1+, v. 10)

Now we see that Paul did not go there except by revelation. If therefore we can live by revelation, we will not miss out and we will fulfill God’s purposes in our lives. That, as well, will cause God to take pleasure in us.

  1. Humility and submission:  From the above account, we discover that Paul who was so boastful because of the abundant visions and revelations of the Lord (2 Cor 2: 1 – 2)  that was given to him, finally submitted to the mother church in Jerusalem in the decision making of Acts 15: 2. Through divine revelation, we will submit to one another in Love.
  2. It settles controversies: Going by the above, the decision of Act 15: 2 was divinely guided to settle the controversy at Antioch.  The meeting ended issuing a decree about how Christian converts from paganism must observe purity rites, and this decree was entrusted to Paul (v. 22) Gal 2: 6, 1Cor 8:10, Rom 14).  It shows that perfect revelation from the Lord will prevent confusion within the body of Christ and will produce unity of faith and orderliness.
  3. Unity of faith within the body of Christ is attainable as we begin to receive revelations of and from the Lord at certain levels. Come to think of it, with all the revelations that came to Paul (2 Cor. 12: 1) and the confessions of Peter to that effect (2Pet 3: 16) divine revelation still brought them together to settle issues that border on the edification of the body of Christ.  In other words, divine revelations to us, as to what God intend His body to attain at a particular time, will help dissolve every ego or spiritual pride in our lives.  The truth is, divine revelation will cause us to see more of the need and interest of His body than ourselves.  


TO BE CONTINUED                                                      OGAGA O. DAVID