Will God Reveal Latter-Day Revelation To Us Today?
Some have attempted to "wrestle the Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:16) by citing Philippians 3:15 as proof that Christians receive direct revelations from God today.
The Bible teaches that miracles would cease sometime during the first century A.D. when the full revelation of God was completed ( John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James 1:23-25; Jude 1:3; Revelation 22:18-19).
Consider the context of Philippians 3:15. To whom was Paul speaking? The immediate context reveals that Paul is speaking to the Philippian brethren. The remote context indicates that many first century Christians, including the Philippians, had the ability of performing miraculous gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) obtained through the laying on of the apostles' hands (Acts 8:14-17; 2 Timothy 1:6). Paul is stating that if anyone thinks otherwise, then God would directly reveal to those who had miraculous gifts for the church in the first century A.D. what God's will on the matter was.
One other possible meaning that is consistent with both the remote and immediate context is that their growing in the knowledge of Jesus could have been revealed to them eventually through their constant hearing of the word of God over a period of time (Hebrew 5:13-14; 2 Peter 1:2-3; etc.)
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