When I read this morning in John 16:13, “…He will disclose to you what is to come,” that made me sit up and take notice! It seemed to be saying to me (to us) that the Holy Spirit will speak to me (to us) and tell me the future. So my response was that I needed to listen intently to the Holy Spirit so that I can know the future.
Well, after reading a few commentaries on this passage I got a different view. Homer Kent explained it to mean that the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles and show them the future, and that this revealed prophetic truth is embodied in their writings—the New Testament.
Rats! Here it seemed to me that the Holy Spirit would show me the future—more than all those who are less holy than me! But I have to admit that that thinking is wrong. When it comes to prophetic truth, we must depend on the revealed truth already given to the apostles. So when Jesus spoke in John 16:13, He was not speaking to me specifically, but to the apostles.
No offense to some Charismatics, but I think this is a big problem with some of you. You think the Holy Spirit will give you some prophetic word and tell you some part of the future that nobody but you knows about. But you are wrong. All of us already have prophetic truth available to us in the Bible. And that is why it is so important to study the prophetic passages. To dig out the truth. It is right there for us to find. We must dig it out! And let us never think that the Holy Spirit will reveal anything to us apart from the scriptures.