Paul the Apostle, when Speaking to the Galatian churches said “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11,12
Matthew Henry said, “Concerning the manner wherein he received the gospel, he had it by revelation from Heaven. He was not led to Christianity, as many are, merely by education.”
There are those in the church who make the same claim. They say that what they know of Christ and His Gospel was given to them by direct revelation. They support this claim by citing another Apostle, when he said “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” 1 John 2:27
The idea, for some, is that God teaches them directly and it’s not mediated through scripture, other men, or some sort of oracle, but directly from Jesus. After all, His sheep hear his voice. (John 10:27) This is especially true when their teaching is “different” than what has already been revealed in the scriptures. Some, at this point may object and say that we can make the same claim as Paul and declare that the message we’re delivering was delivered to us directly by Jesus Himself or the Spirit. A few questions:
Can any make the Apostle’s claim?
Shouldn’t all “revelations” be checked against that which has already been revealed?
What are the essential conditions by which we should receive any “new” revelation?