A question came up concerning “if the gifts of the Holy Spirit (including prophecy) were still available, then why shouldn’t we seek out ‘new’ revelations about and from God?”
This has often been used as an argument by those who want to say that healing and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are all passed away and not available to the church today. They say that once the Bible was completed, then we didn’t need gifts like prophecy, etc.
The thing is, it says nowhere in the Bible anything about the gifts stopping or any criteria for them being superseded any time before Jesus returns.
However, it does say in Revelation something about the completeness of scripture:
Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
This makes the Bible the basis for testing all doctrine. We should carefully examine all of our doctrines, traditions, beliefs, and interpretations to make sure they square with the full counsel of God’s Word.
The Holy Spirit is here to lead us into all truth. However, God does not contradict Himself. The Holy Spirit will not give someone a revelation, prophecy, or instruction that goes counter to scripture or preaches “another gospel”.
The manifestations and gifts of the Holy Spirit have not faded away or stopped with the death of the last Apostle. They are still available to all who take God at His Word and believe.
Prophecy is basically just a message from God. The role of prophecy today is not to reveal “new truths”. But prophecy can help us to see things in God’s Word that we might have missed or misunderstood before. We just must be sure to study and show ourselves approved before accepting any “new” doctrines.
Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”) is the assertion that the Bible as God’s written word is self-authenticating, clear (perspicuous) to the rational reader, its own interpreter (“Scripture interprets Scripture”), and sufficient of itself to be the only source of Christian doctrine.
Scripture has one interpretation, but can have many applications.