“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: Jesus wasn’t known from the human point of view, so you won’t be known from human point of view.
In our previous studies, we began examining Jesus’ question to His disciples in Matthew 16. He did this because He wanted to know what they thought of Him. Let’s hear from the account again, “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). Jesus was not surprised at what the answers was after he had asked about what men said about Him. Men only saw Him on the human angle; to them, Jesus was just a prophet. Different shades of opinion came out of these men that had been with Him for about three years and their opinion about Him was not good enough because human opinion or public opinion is limited where the revelation of Jesus is concerned. You don’t know Jesus by men’s opinion, you know Him by revelation and this is the reason all of his revelation has been put to writing in a book called the bible. Their attempt to know Jesus through the flesh was incorrect. You will end in identity crisis if all you want to know about Jesus is in or through the flesh. Men in their view gave their opinion of Jesus but it couldn’t hold weight because Jesus is not known by man’s opinion or by public opinion, but by revelation. Hence, that is why Jesus in His words in verse 17 places an emphasis on revelation. Jesus placed emphasis on accurate knowledge and not human’s opinion. Jesus wasn’t defined by the opinion of others. In the same vein, you who is in Him can’t be defined by the opinion of others. Who Jesus is wasn’t based on public opinion, so you are not defined by public opinion. Jesus was not known from human views, so, the believer in Him can’t be known from human views. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are known in Christ in the word. So know the word.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are flooded with light, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The revelation of Jesus is not subjected to public opinion, it is by the word.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3