Saturday, November 1, 2008

Everything begins with Revelation...

Well, I have done it. I have offically started blogging. I am about to let the entire world wide web into the madness that is my musings. The purpose of all of this is to glorify Jesus of course. Without Him, I would be nothing, little more than a bump at the bottom of a trash heap. But that is the miracle of this whole thing. I have, through no account or merit of my own, recieved revelation of Jesus and that has taken this bump and transformed him in to something that the King finds useful.
People may say that I have found a teaching that somehow makes sense out of my life and now if I live for that, then I personally will live a wonderful life, but that it had better just stay with me, that these ideas must never get on them, because it may slime the inside of their minds and make them uncomfortable. The problem is though, I haven't found a teaching, I have found a Person. Paul said in Galatians that what he taught was given to him by revelation (Gal. 1). I am in the same boat. What I see and hear in the here and now have been affected by what I have seen and heard. I am like John, when, in opening his first epistle, he indicates that what he is about to talk about has been infected with revelation, an eye opening encounter with the Person who sits on the throne forever and ever (I John. 1). This is more than just a great teaching. I am willing to put my life on it and the life of my family.
Everything in the Kingdom begins with a revelation of the Person Jesus Christ. Peter say in I Peter 1:16 that, "We did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made know to you the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty." All of this is based upon revelation and the depth of that revelation is tested in the day to day living with people, not just the angelic vision and glory, carpet eating sessions. If those don't produce real substantive change in us, then we haven't really received revelation, we have only gotten emotional.

2 comments:

Amy said...

I am so glad you decided to join the wonderful world of blogging and have no doubt you will set it ablaze with your musings.

Dave Pingel said...

So, Revelator;

My thoughts on your post:

1. HE is the source of all that is. Received revelation is but our interpretation of what He has chosen to reveal.
2. Your bump was created by Him; you are hardly part of a trash heap. You and this earth (saved or unsaved) are His beautiful creation. Additionally, I think you are hardly mad. These sentiments conflict with your post. Don't address what you feel to be revelation as madness; it detracts from the message.
3. I heartily agree with your statement "If those don't produce real substantive change in us, then we haven't really received revelation, we have only gotten emotional."

Question: What does the CHANGE look like - and must it look like what WE think it should look like? Not knowing people as intimately as HE knows them, how can we be sure that our intepretation is the right one for them? (I'm not referring to the basics of one God in triune expression, Jesus as Lord and Savior, eternally lost w/o him, baptism, etc.)

Comment: People don't live every day in majestic and glorious spiritual realms; they live in the everyday practicialities of their lives. Question: How do you translate the majestic, glorious and spiritual - revelation - in such a manner that they can not only understand it, but APPLY it in THEIR daily-living practical realm? Without pracical application, we remain lost.

I'm glad to see you've begun blogging. Blog away, my friend; I'll be interested in what you have to say. I'm hoping you're wanting dialogue as well.

Dave