“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, whom do men say that I the son of man am? And they answered, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven” – Matthew 16:13-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: The revelation of God is found in Christ.
Jesus posed a question to his disciples about his identity and from the response the people gave to Jesus, it implies they did not know who Jesus was. Observe in verse 16 Simon Peter answered ‘thou art the Christ; the son of the living God’. The word Christ here was translated from the Greek word, ‘christos’ which implies the anointed one and his anointing. Jesus in his response in verse 17 implied what Peter said was by revelation. The word revealed in verse 17 was translated from the Greek word, ‘apokalupto’ which implies to uncover. Meaning what Peter said was revealed by the father, which is why Jesus said ‘flesh and blood’ has not revealed this to you. The phrase ‘flesh and blood’ implies human acquaintance. That is, what Peter said was not because he walked with Jesus, touched Jesus, nor ate with Jesus. This was a revelation of Christ by the father communicated to Peter. Meaning it takes revelation to know God. You cannot know God by experience or by your faculties. God is revealed and his entire revelation has been communicated to us in the son through a written document called the bible. God is not revealed or known in dreams or visions. All of God’s revelation is encapsulated in the person of Christ; you cannot rely on hearsay to know him, you can only rely on the son who is the entire revelation of the father. If you do not know Jesus, you cannot know God.
Now, notice, after Peter spoke by revelation in verse 16, Jesus in verse 18 revealed Peter to Peter “thou art Peter and upon this rock…”. Therefore, when Christ is revealed, the believer is unveiled. The revelation of Christ unveils the believer. Thus, the revelation of Christ demystifies God, unveils the believer and exposes Satan. Take note: the phrase, ‘upon this rock’ is not in reference to Peter. Jesus was not saying he will build his church upon Peter within the context of Matthew 16:13-19. The rock here is in reference to the revelation Peter communicated in verse 16 about Jesus. Jesus is saying upon this rock of the revelation of who I am, I will build my church. What Jesus said in verse 18 was not about the personality of Peter but about the revelation he communicated in verse 16. We can deduce that for God to be known, he has to be revealed; for Jesus also to be known, he has to be revealed and all of this revelation has been put into writing in a document called the Bible. It will therefore take a revelation of Jesus in the Bible to know God and to know yourself.
INSTRUCTION:The knowledge of Christ is revealed in the scriptures; search the scriptures.
PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding to know you in the written word. May the eyes of my understanding be enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus is God demystified, the believer unveiled and Satan exposed.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24