Friday, December 21, 2012
Lesson 4.1 of Bible Interpretation.
This lesson is borrowed from the booklet “Seven rules for Bible Interpretation”, written by REV. M. L. LOWE, D.D. with supplemental material by David W. Holden.
Rule 4: (cont.) The Bible is a Progressive Revelation
If we keep this in mind, we will not go back to unfulfilled events (number 2 from the previous post) and ASK for the Holy Spirit – for, when we were saved – born from above – we were SEALED…indwelt by the Holy Spirit…we were baptized into His Body (that it, we were placed into the Body of Christ, the true Church) – all in one simultaneous event! We may also have been “filled with the Spirit” at that same moment; but for most of us, that filling did not come until we were conscience of our need for special spiritual strength for some immediate task, and, seeking His aid, He imparted a special filling by which that task was accomplished for Hid glory. Just as we need daily cleansing as we become conscience of sin in our lives, so we need special filling to be used of Him for His glory!
Today the “laying on of hands” is a symbolic gesture by which one is set apart, or ordained, for the special service of the Lord. There is no merit in the ceremonial act of having other believers participate by laying their hands upon the head of such an one, praying for him. It merely “goes on public record” that one has been called of God for special service., and this is acknowledged by the local assembly of believers.
The important factor, however, in this treatise, is that the Bible IS a PROGRESSIVE REVELATION, and that the foregoing points illustrate this fact. If the reader is questioning some particular truth, simply gather all the verses on this theme in chronological order, and come to your understanding of the truth regarding that subject by considering what was revealed earlier, and that which is now applicable to the present Church Age, the Age of Grace!