“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: The revelation of Jesus has been put into writing.
We have observed in our previous study from our key text that Jesus is not known by experience, but He is known by revelation. And we saw that the revelation of Jesus (the Son) is found only in the Father. In other words, the Father reveals the Son. The question is, how has the Father revealed the Son or how is the Father revealing the Son today? Is it in the experiences of men? How? Now, observe Jesus’ words in John 16:12-13 which reads “I have yet many things to say unto you but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”. From Jesus’ words in the above account, it could be deduced that Jesus had a lot to teach His disciples but His disciples couldn’t bear them because of their state (they were not indwelt by the Spirit); hence, why He often taught them in parables (Matthew 13:34-36, Mark 4:34). However, in verse 13 of John 16, Jesus informs the disciples that when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide them into all the truth and all the truth in context will be whatsoever He taught them (most often with parables). In other words, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will make clear or reveal His teachings to them. Now, where do we have the revelation of the scriptures? The epistles (Romans to Revelation). Where do we have the revelation of Christ? In the epistles. In other words, the epistles are the revelation of Christ or the epistles is the Spirit’s witness of Christ. Thus, the believer in Christ today has the epistles in hand as the revelation of Christ; meaning, the revelation of Jesus found in the Father has been documented in the epistles. So, how does the Father reveals the Son? He reveals the Son in writings. Where are these writings? The Epistles. So, is the revelation of Christ a by-product of visions, dreams or experiences? No, the revelation of Christ has been committed to writing the written the document called the bible. Therefore, Jesus’ words in John 16:12-13 is the reason we have the epistles. In other words, the epistles are the Spirit’s witness of Christ (this is John 16:12-13 fulfilled). Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with God’s word because that is the only revelation of Christ you have.
PRAYER: Father, I receive insight and understanding from your word as I sit down to ponder and meditate on it in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The revelation of Christ has been committed to writing; the written document called the bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3