“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet 4:11).
An Oracle of God is an utterance of God. The utterances of God are recorded in the sacred writings we call the Holy Bible.
According to the foregoing scripture, the one who professes to speak for God has the right and authority to speak only what God has authorized Christ and His apostles to speak. Jesus Christ did not dare say anything His Father did not give Him commandment to speak (Jn 12:49,50). Jesus had no liberties in this matter. The apostles of Christ did not dare to speak or preach anything the Holy Spirit did not inspire them to say (Acts 4:19,20 cf; 5:29). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit could inspire them to speak only the words God gave him to reveal (Jn 14:26 cf; 16:13).
The apostle Paul disclaimed any right to take liberties to use words he might, in human wisdom, choose. “Which things we speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Spirit teaches; combining spiritual things with spiritual words” (1 Cor. 2:13). God did not leave it to the whims of men to express His personal thoughts. “. . . And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully” (Jer 23:28).
If the Word is not in the Scriptures, the thought is not there. If the thought is not there, we have no business doing that which God’s Word did not authorize according to New Testament doctrine. If Jesus or his apostles did not preach it or do it, neither should we. We would all be well advised to measure our preaching and our belief accordingly.
Who is there so bold and audacious as to even suggest that God does not know how to adequately communicate with man? How often do we hear preachers telling us that this is what God meant and they go to prove their opinion by the writings of man. “Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him”(1 Cor. 2:16)? “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it” (Job 40:2).
It is only when one is so impressed with their own human superior wisdom, educational attainment, is wise in his own eyes (Rom. 12:3,16), and has grown presumptuous, that man becomes guilty of “great transgression” (Psa 19:13). Such men receive the praises of men, and with their “good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Rom. 16:18).
Conclusion: We are allowed and have a right, yea are commanded, to preach only that which was preached by Paul and received by the Galatians (Gal 1:7-12 f; 2 Tim 2:2). Paul made it known that as preachers and teachers of the Word of God we are not to go beyond that which was written (1 Cor 4:6). If The apostles didn’t go beyond what they received from the Holy Spirit; If Jesus only spoke what he received from the Father; If the Holy Spirit revealed only what he received from God, then who are we to add to or subtract from the Word of God (Rev 22:18,19)?