“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: Experiences can’t be the conduit to know Jesus.
We saw in our previous study that those people who referred to Jesus as John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets spoke by experience. And their experience of Jesus did not mean they know Jesus; hence, their words regarding the person of Jesus. Therefore, experience can’t be the conduit within which a man can know Jesus. That said, we concluded in our previous study that Jesus’ response to Peter’s answer regarding His person (Jesus) was not based on experiential understanding but by revelation; how does this come in? Jesus said to Peter in verse 17 “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven”. Now, this term “flesh and blood” implies human acquaintance. In other words, Jesus was telling Peter that His acquaintance with him or experience of him did not reveal this unto him; meaning, Peter did not know Jesus by experience. So, when Jesus said, “flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee”, it was to let Peter know that human experience is not what revealed this to Peter. Observe that word “revealed” in verse 17, it was translated from the Greek word “apokalupto” which means to unveil, to uncover or to disclose. In other words, that response of Peter to the question posted by Jesus was not a product of human experience, but a product of revelation; revelation from the Father; “flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee but my Father which is in heaven”. In other words, the Father reveals the Son or the revelation of the Son is in the Father. No wonder Jesus’ words in the synoptic account always echo this fact: “I and my father we are one” (John 10:30). “But Jesus answered them, My father worketh hitherto, and I work” (John 5:17). “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 him” (Matthew 11:27). “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him” (Luke 10:22). Therefore, the Father reveals the Son, and thus, we don’t know Jesus by experience but by revelation. In our next study, we will know how the Father is revealing the Son today or how the Father has revealed the Son. Is this revelation communicated through dreams or visions or has the revelation of Jesus been put down to writing? Let’s see this in our next study.
INSTRUCTION: Knowing God’s word is very important as a believer; go for it.
PRAYER: Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding be enlightened in Jesus Name, Amen.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5