The Work of the Holy Spirit | Theology Gals | Episode 19


On this episode of Theology Gals while Ashley is in Italy Coleen is joined by Marissa Namirr.  Coleen and Marissa talk about the Holy Spirit's work in our lives and answer some objections to last week's episode  Personal Revelation and God's Will. 


What is cessationism?

Information on cessationism

Misunderstanding the Holy Spirit

We have the Word of God, the full and closed canon

“The evangelistic method of Jesus and the apostles was not to urge people to seek direct experiences with God; instead they went about preaching and teaching the Scriptures (see, for instance, Mark 1:14-15). And Jesus did not say that once we have spiritual life we live by direct mystical experience with God; rather, we “live … on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That includes the “good work” of growing in the knowledge of God and likeness to Christ. So in Scripture the normative method of meeting God is through Scripture.” Donald Whitney

“In one of James Montgomery Boice’s final books he wrote something that has often come to my mind. He wrote about the Bible and said that as far as he could see the battle over the inerrancy of the Bible had been fought and won. The Bible is without error. But the battle for the sufficiency of the Bible was just beginning. Will the Bible be enough for us? Will we affirm that the Bible is sufficient to guide us in all of life? Or will we demand that God reveal himself to us in other ways?” Tim Challies How Does God Speak to me Today

Can Christians ever receive private messages from God?S

Subjective Experience

“In relation to our subject we must thoroughly wrestle with the question of how we know who or what we have encountered in our subjective experiences. All the information we have about God and our relationship to Him is found in the Bible.” Gary Gilley The Lord Told Me, I Think (this is an excellent articleł


“Let us imagine I follow the mystic way. I begin to have experiences; I think God is speaking to me; how do I know it is God who is speaking to me? How can I know I am not speaking to man; how can I be sure that I am not the victim of hallucinations, since this has happened to many of the mystics? If I believe in mysticism as such without the Bible, how do I know I am not being deluded by Satan as an angel of light in order to keep me from the true and living God? I have no standard…. The evangelical doctrine tells me not to look into myself but to look into the Word of God; not to examine myself, but to look at the revelation that has been given to me. It tells me that God can only be known in His own way, the way which has been revealed in the Scriptures themselves.” Martyn Lloyd Jones

Messages outside of Scripture are not consistent with Reformed Theology

“The Reformed theology and piety begins with the sufficiency of Scripture. Pentecostalism certainly and the charismatic theology and piety to a lesser degree begin explicitly or implicitly with the insufficiency of Scripture. The “due use of ordinary means” (Westminster Shorter Catechism 88) is essential to Reformed theology and piety but it is not the Pentecostal and the Charismatic movements. The union of Reformed theology and these movements is achieved by radically re-defining Reformed theology, by reducing it to a single element: divine sovereignty and by adding that to Pentecostalism or Charismatic piety.” R Scott Clark


Properly understanding the work of the Holy Spirit

The formula that Calvin employs is “inwardly, by his Spirit; outwardly, by his Word.” R. Scott Clark

God speaks to us by his Son, through his Spirit in the Bible. – Tim Challies

Office Hours: Mike Horton On Rediscovering The Holy Spirit audio interv…

Private Revelations & the Will of God | Theology Gals | Episode 18

On this episode of Theology Gals Ashley and Coleen discuss whether God talks to us secretly outside of Scripture. They also talk about how we know the will of God.

Episode Resources:

We’ve all probably heard people say, “The Lord told me….” But does God really talk to us audibly outside of Scripture?

How does God speak to us today? 

Hebrews 1:1&2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Rod Rosenbladt says of this passage, “… the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews makes very clear that God has revealed Himself most clearly in the incarnate Son (Heb. 1:1–2) and that, correlatively, we Christians living between the First and Second Advents are not to expect a repetition of the “various ways” of God’s self-revelation in what the writer calls “times past.””

Thus Saith the Lord? by Rod Rosenbladt

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart

“Are there instances in the Scriptures in which people describe a sense of God speaking to them through an inner voice? We read accounts of God speaking in an audible voice, through a supernatural dream or vision, a human hand writing on a wall, a blinding light, or a thunderous voice from heaven. This is quite different from the way most people who say that God has told them something describe hearing his voice—as a thought that came into their mind that they “know” was God speaking. One prominent teacher who trains people on how to hear the voice of God writes, “God’s voice in your heart often sounds like a flow of spontaneous thoughts.” But where in the Bible are we instructed to seek after or expect to hear God speak to us in this way?”

Why Do We Say ‘God told me’? by Nancy Guthrie

God’s Word is complete

Westminster Confession 1.1

“Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.”

God has given us everything necessary for life and godliness in His Word

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence

Secret messages from God are not the same thing as prophecy

Bible Dictionary Prophecy:

or prediction, was one of the functions of the prophet. It has been defined as a “miracle of knowledge, a declaration or description or representation of something future, beyond the power of human sagacity to foresee, discern, or conjecture.”

prophēteía (from 4396 /prophḗtēs, “prophet,” which is derived from 4253 /pró, “before” and 5346 /phēmí, “make clear, assert as a priority”) – properly, what is clarified beforehand; prophecy which involves divinely-empowered forthtelling (asserting the mind of God) or foretelling (prediction).

2 Peter 1:21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

“Every case of special guidance given to individuals in the Bible has to do with that person’s place in the outworking of God’s saving purposes.” He adds, “There are no instances in the Bible in which God gives special and specific guidance to the ordinary believing Israelite or Christian in the details of their personal existence.” Graeme Goldsworthy

This is a great article responding to modern day continuationists on prophecy. Discussing an episode of Ask Pastor John with John Piper it says: “Dr. Piper gets to the crux of the cessationist-continuationist debate. In his view, modern prophecy is not “infallible, Scripture-level, authoritative speaking,” but rather “something that God spontaneously brings to mind in the moment, and—because we are fallible in the way we perceive it, and the way we think about it, and the way we speak it—it does not carry that same level of infallible, Scripture-level authority.”[1] He claims three texts of Scripture to provide “exegetical reasons” for his view.

“John’s view is also Wayne Grudem’s view, and represents a radical departure from the historic position of the Christian church.”

If prophecy has continued, why wouldn’t it have the same authority that it did in the early church?  I think this is an important point to consider.

Wonderful quote by Martyn Lloyd Jones

“If private revelations agree with Scripture, they are unnecessary and if they disagree they are false.” John Owen

“Given that we have a rationale for accepting the Old Testament text as God’s inspired Word, and given that we have a rationale for accepting the apostolic New Testament writings as God’s inspired Word, Reformation Christians should actively resist and/or reject anything that seeks to supplant these. Even if they do not mean to do it, even if they attempt to offer a rationale as to why their “other revelatory sources” are not revelatory in the sense that Scripture is revelatory, those who argue for “continuing revelation” lead the believer away from sola Scriptura. The Reformers were correct in rejecting the supposed new revelations of the “Spirit-drivers” (Abraham Kuyper) in their day. We must do no less.” Dr. Rod Rosenbladt

God’s Will

“One problem we face is rooted in the multifaceted way in which the term will functions in biblical expressions. The Bible uses the expression “the will of God” in various ways. We encounter two different Greek words in the New Testament (boule and thelema), both of which are capable of several nuances. They encompass such ideas as the counsel of God, the plan of God, the decrees of God, the disposition or attitude of God, as well as other nuances.”

If we ask ourselves, What does God want me to do? We should look to the pages of Scripture. On things where it isn’t clear we must follow it where it is and use wisdom.

Proverbs 15:22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 24:6 For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

On the will of God

1 Thessalonians 4 For you know what commandments we gave you [c]by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from [d]sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to [e]possess his own [f]vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in [g]lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Remember God is Sovereign

Trust in His sovereignty

His secret will is not for us to seek. He will bring about His will

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.

The Lord will bring about things in our lives according to His purposes.

Series by Tim Challies

How Does God Speak to Me Today?

How To Know the Will of God
God’s Will for Your Life

Recommendations for further study:

The Final Word by Dr. O. Palmer Robertson

Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

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Defining God’s Will

Being Dad with Dr. Scott Keith | Theology Gals | Episode 17

On this episode of Theology Gals Coleen talks with Dr. Scott Keith about his book Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace. There is a lot of great information in this episode for fathers, mothers and even those without children. Dr. Keith is a husband and father to three children. He is also Director of Operations and Scholarship at New Reformation Publications, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Concordia University Irvine, host of The Thinking Fellows podcast, and involved in promoting the work of the 1517 Legacy Project. Dr.Keith blogs at The Jagged Word and 1517 The Legacy Project.

For information on being entered for a chance to receive a free copy of Being Dad: Father as a Picture of God's Grace, see details on the Theology Gals Facebook page, on the post for this episode. 

Dr. Keith will be speaking this October at the Here We Still Stand Conference in San Diego.
Other things mentioned on this episode:
The Thinking Fellows podcast episodes:
Father's Day episode on Fatherhood
Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy

Calvin Part 1 & Part 2


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