“I thank my God, making mention of thee in my prayers, hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints; that the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:4-6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Don’t think you can reveal the man in Christ along natural lines because Jesus is not known along natural lines.
We’ve established in the course of this study that where the revelation of the born again man is concerned, it can’t be subjected to the world, it can only be subjected to the word. That said, it is important to bring ourselves to an understanding of a fact that happened when Jesus was on earth for further elucidation. Jesus when he was on earth in his earthly ministry asked His disciples a very fundamental question. The aim of the question was for Him to know what they thought of Him. This was after they had been with Him for about three years. He expected them to know who He really was in the light of the great ministry He led. They had seen all kinds of miracles and demonstrations of the Holy Ghost through miracles, signs and wonders. But the disciples could only think of Him along natural lines.
Let’s hear from the account, it reads “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? They said, 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. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18). Now observe that after Jesus asked about what man said of Him, the response obviously showed that many had an opinion of who he was. Many had a view of Him; however, their views were restricted to natural lines. They had an opinion of Him but that doesn’t mean that they were correct because they weren’t. So the revelation of Jesus cannot be subjected to human opinion. The revelation of Jesus wasn’t subjected to human views; the same way Jesus was not known via human views or public opinion, then the man in Him will not be known by public opinion. You are not a public opinion; you are what the word says you are.
INSTRUCTION: Public opinions could not define Jesus. Don’t let public opinions define you.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: You are not a public opinion; you are what the word says you are.
DAILY READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5