November 2018 Newsletter - "Revelation vs. Theology" by Brian Lollock
James 2:19 states, “You believe in God? Good! Even demons believe and tremble.” When it comes to knowing Him and His Word, God wants us to not only study His Word but to “rightly divide” His Word (II Timothy 2:15).
Leaving my atheistic worldview, I came to realize, and as many us have, that there are many theories and concepts out there of who Christ is and what He teaches. Churches and Bible colleges hold intelligent theories and theologies of God that have resulted in the many denominations we see today.
Working in the public-school system, I’ve thought, if a teacher taught their students 2+2=4, but another teacher taught 2+2=5, and another taught 2+2=6, this simply would not be allowed and those teachers would unqualified to teach. If this is uncalled for in the education system, how much more with God’s Word?
“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” – I Corinthians 1:10
The Apostle Paul shares how he came to a relationship and sound understanding with God, leaving the Jewish religion, and he explains he did not receive the gospel by anyone but that it came by the “revelation of Jesus Christ,” (Galatians 1:12).
The difference between theology and having revelation is this: Theology is an idea of God and who he is. Revelation is having a realization and impartation of His divine nature and character that brings a change to our mind and now becomes reality within our own lives.
Theology is two Greek words Theo meaning God, and Logeia meaning “the study of,” which comes from the word “Logos.” This means Theology is the study of God or we could say the Logos of God. The Logos of God is when we can see the outer shell of God’s Word, symbolically the shell of a seed (Luke 8:11) but cannot yet see the inside, called the Rhema or revelation of God.
Revelation comes the Greek, meaning Apocalypse. This word Apocalypse, Apo and Kalupto means a “removal of the veil” or a “removal of the shell of a seed.” Paul explains that this veil, which is the letter that kills, blinds the minds to the reading of Old Testament, but when the Holy Spirit comes and gives life, the veil is taken away in Christ, (II Corinthians 3:6, 14),
"I am of opinion, no other than the Holy Spirit." – Origen of Alexandria
According to the Word, what we see is according to our perspective, theology, or logos of who God is. But until we have a removal of the veil in Christ, we receive the revelation of God, our Father.
Pastor Michael Petro has said, “Every revelation is a manifestation.”
This manifestation of this unveiling, from our hearts and minds, is the Spirit of God that produces: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control, Truth, Righteousness, and Praise. (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:9, Hebrews 13:15)
This the difference between theology and revelation; it is defined by the fruit we are producing. Freely allowing God to take us from our theology and the outer shell of His Word/Seed, through this process of revelation, ultimately leads that seed to bearing the fruit of His Spirit in us.
Through revelation, the end result is not about how much scripture you know or how you can debate and argue over doctrine. It is about the fruit, the character of God, being known and revealed to others.
By revelation, we bear the fruit and image of one heavenly Father.
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My Disciples.” – John 15:8
Blessings, Brian Lollock
References: The Holy Bible, New King James Version Origen of Alexandria, De Principiis Book 1, Ch. 1