“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 said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith 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 Barjonai for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven” Matthew 16:13-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is known by Revelation.
Our opening text was a discussion between Jesus and His disciples where He posted a question to them saying, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Verse 13). The response of the discussion of Jesus in verse 14 to Jesus’ question in verse 13 shows that men obviously lacked a revelation of who Jesus actually was; they called Him John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets but Jesus is not any of those prophets that they said He was. However, we can safely say that their submission of who Jesus was, was based on experience or a by-product of an experiential understanding; they saw Jesus heal the sick, raise the dead, etc. just like other prophets in the Old Testament did and so they concluded from their experiential knowledge or their experience of Jesus that He must be Elijah, John the Baptist, etc. But they were wrong because Jesus wasn’t any of those they thought; Jesus is actually the reality or the person those prophets communicated by their utterances. Thus, you cannot know Jesus by experience, but you can only know Jesus by revelation. If knowing Jesus was based on experience, and then those who saw Jesus in the incarnation shouldn’t have called Him a prophet; they should have known who He was. Thus, knowing Jesus will not be a product of experience, it will be a product of revelation. Hence, Jesus now turns to his disciples in verse 15 and said “But whom say ye that I am?” Now, observe Peter’s response, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God”. In Peter’s response, he brings out two important facts, he says “the Christ” which is referring to His humanity, “the son of the living God” which refers to His deity (how that Jesus is God or He came from God or better say he is God manifest). Now, Jesus’ response to Peter in verse 17 shows us that Peter did not speak by experience, he spoke by revelation and this will be clarified in our subsequent studies. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Never subject the revelation of Jesus to experiences.
PRAYER: Father, I receive understanding of your word in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Don’t subject God’s word to experiences, subject experiences to God’s word.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 10