To think we have completely emptied the scriptures of revelation is inane. Our infinite God saw fit to layer revelation upon revelation ensuring there would always more. I read for revelation. Coming to the Word with presuppositions robs the reader of any benefit whatsoever! It’s like trying to talk to a teenager who already knows it all. Pointless. The Word of God is living, active and completely capable of being synthesized in unlimited ways.
Imagine you’re an art teacher instructing a group of students in watercolor. Each student would receive the same instruction (from you), and be given the same materials and colors to work with. For practice, you sit a bowl of fruit in the center of the room for all to paint. Your instructions are: “Paint what you see.” The end results would be unique to each one. This is the nature of revelation.
The same material, subject matter, colors and canvas are given to us all. Holy Spirit breathes the Word upon us individually producing diverse expressions of His character and grace. In the case of the art students, you would no doubt be able to identify the bowl of fruit in each work of art. This is all Father asks… that we behold Him and consequently reveal something of His likeness in the finished work of our lives. The more practiced and skillful we become, the nearer the likeness.
Sometimes the students see something different based on their vantage point or eye for detail. Perspective can create an entirely different viewpoint, but accurate non-the-less. How terrible it feels to realize your own small mindedness, having criticized someone who’s seeing the same truth from another angle!
The Eye of the Beholder
Jesus said, “Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye ( your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness,” Luke 11:34 AMP. This scripture reveals why many do not obtain revelation from the Word of God. Your eye is your conscience. If your conscience is clear before God, the eye of your inner man allows the light of truth to infiltrate your being. If the conscience is darkened with guilt or sin, the light (revelation) of the word cannot be received or discerned.
1. Legalistic churches are bereft of revelation. The condemnation that is levied on the saints keeps the conscience in a state of dimness. It is rare to find true revelatory Word in a church that runs a predictable cycle of sermon material based on the calendar (holidays and seasons), or perpetual repentance of sins.
2. In another circumstance, the saint who hefts the burden of unresolved issues fails to see the fullness of scripture. When they approach the scriptures, the nagging voice in the back of their mind is continually taunting, “God won’t speak to you! Only you and He know how sinful you really are.” Revelation has a difficult time shouting overtop the voice of the accuser.
3. Blindness can be caused by denominational/affiliatory pride. In this line of seeing, “Why do we need revelation when our movement’s voices have already seen it all for us?” What a tragic loss of revelational opportunity!
If we’re reading scripture without gaining new insight for ourselves, perhaps our eye has been darkened. Take off the shades and dive in!