If I were to come to you with something the Spirit laid on my heart for you that required an action on your part, then wouldn’t it be honorable and biblical to “search the scriptures” and see if it was so? Acts 17:11
We are to consult the scriptures to verify any supposed new “revelations,” correct? More commonly stated, “we are to filter everything everyone says, including the Spirit, through the Bible, because God will never contradict Himself.” Some of you, at this moment may emphatically being saying “YES!” others may just as emphatically saying “NO!” and some of you may simply be unsure.
No matter what stance you take, you will face problems Here are some examples:
If you say that everything must be filtered through the scriptures, and God will not contradict His word, then what more does God have to say that hasn’t already been said? Some would say that God indeed has “said it all” and base their conclusions are passages like this:
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. Ephesians 1:9-10 ”All things have been summed up.”
If you say that that there is continuing revelation in addition to what has already been revealed which doesn’t need to be filtered through the scriptures, then you will never be able to declare with authority or objectively that it is true.
Some tout that they are led by the Spirit and not “some book.” Others say that since the scriptures were “breathed” by the Spirit Himself, they are led by the Spirit “through the book.“
Is there any middle road here?
Must I check everything the Spirit tells me against the Bible?
Does the Spirit supersede what’s written?