“All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the father, save the son, and he to whomsoever the son will reveal himself” – Matthew 11:27
LIGHT FOR NOW: God is best revealed in Christ.
In our studies in previous days, we discovered that the accurate revelation of God’s character can only be seen in Christ. In our opening text today, Jesus lays credence to this fact by His words unveiling to us that when God’s character is concerned, the person to look at is not Elijah, Moses etc rather, it is Christ. We will look at Jesus and then correct the impressions of Elijah and other Old Testament prophets about God which is not consistent in His character revealed to us in Christ.
Observe Jesus’ words in our opening text, ‘no one knoweth the Father but the Son’. Thus, the revealer of the Father is the Son, not Elijah, Moses etc. we are not going to look at the Old Testament prophets and know the character of God but we are to subject the impressions or assumptions of the prophets in the Old Testament about God’s character to the revelation of God in Christ. The Old Testament prophets were enquirers, they were pointers to Jesus. When Jesus came, He pointed to no one but Himself because He was the one being pointed to by the pointers who were the prophets. So, we are not to look at the pointers to know God’s character but to Jesus who the pointers pointed to in order to know God. We are to look to Jesus to know God because Jesus is the explanation of God or Jesus is God explaining Himself. So, where the character of God is concerned, it is Jesus that has the final say and not the prophets. Is it the words / actions of Jesus that will be subjected to the Old Testament prophets, or is it the words/actions of the Old Testament prophets that will be subject to Jesus? We are going to subject the words and actions of Jesus in order to understand the character of God.
Outside Jesus, no one can best explain the Father. In your attempt to explain God in the Old testament outside of Jesus, you will only present a picture of a misunderstood God; a God that is not the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; a God that only exist in the figment of your imagination. Therefore, it will take your revelation of Jesus to unveil the character of God. In what you know about Jesus as revealed in the scriptures is what you know about God. The knowledge you have of Jesus is the knowledge you have about God. You cannot misunderstand Jesus and still aim to understand God. Therefore, if you are insufficient of the revelation of God. The impression of the prophets about God will only be corrected in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the revealer of Jesus .Hallelujah.
INSTRUCTION: Don’t assume you know God, know God through Christ.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the revelation of your character made known to me in the person of your son. I see you for who you are and in seeing you for who you are, I see me for who I am in you, Amen.
QUOTE: Knowing God in Christ is the only way to know God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1