Responses to new revelations

Common Responses

Reasons for refusing to enter into a new revelation of the Holy Spirit: The old is better and preferred above the new, and mostly unknown, the old needs protecting and preserving at all cost. Man’s unwillingness to let go of the old might be caused by unbelieving attitudes, or incomplete or incorrect doctrines.

Refusing to be guided into all truth by the Spirit,. . . and to be shown things to come. (John 16:13)

Luke 5: 39 – No man also having drunk old wine immediately desires new: for he says; The old is better. (cf. Mark 2:21-22; Matt. 9:16-17)
Scripture references: (Matthew 15: 2,3, 6 Mark 7:3, 5, 8, 9, 13).

Example of Old Traditions

2 Kings 18:4 – He (Hezekiah)… break the images,…,and break in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. {Nehushtan: i.e., just a piece of brass} (Num. 21:8-9). (cf. John 3:15)

Isa. 29:10 – For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.

Kingdom of God Instructed Responses

A teacher who combines and uses the old and the new.
Matthew 13:52 – Then said he (Jesus) unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, who brings forth out of his treasure new and old.

Spiritual Responses Required

Luke 14:33 – So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 5:11; Phil. 3:4-7).

Principle examples of selfish ambition or strife between the old and the new are taught in Luke 5:36-38; James 3:14-16-17, in the lives of Cain and Abel; King Saul and David.

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Hindrances and Responses to the Revelations of the Holy Spirit

Fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar new, the unpredictability of the new, the new challenge and responsibility, the new also presents the possibility of failure and consequent rejection. This may very well be caused by an institutionalized mindset that is bound to protect the organization or institution at all cost. The new may mean that one has to trust new leadership, new methodology, new expressions; it may mean that we have to give up our own control and claims, give up our familiar tradition, and even our man made cultural values, (Phil. 3: 1-14; Luke 14:26; Matt. 6:33; Luke 14:33).

Let the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and His cause be honored and lifted up and have priority over all unresolved feelings and oppositions at this time. Following Jesus, obeying the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14) and submitting to the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13) certainly calls for an openness of heart to the revelation of God’s truth for the present time as He brings his Body to the fulfillment of His purposes to establish His testimony upon earth, and to be glorified in His saints at His coming. To enter the new revelation, the believer needs to be open and humble, respecting the time and application of the revelation of the Old as God has used it.


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