“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 by human perception but by revelation.
We began examining the scenario between Jesus and His disciples in Matthew 16 where we want to bring out key facts surrounding the believer’s identity. Let’s once again listen to this account again, 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). You can see here that men had different views and opinion about Jesus which however was only restricted along natural lines. But their opinions, views and perceptions along natural lines was limited to knowing Jesus. Now observe what Jesus now did; Jesus now directed the question to His disciples in verse 15 “But whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter amongst the disciples now answered “Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God”. Jesus now calls Peter’s response to His question, revelation, “flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee…” So, is Jesus known by human perception, views and opinions? No. So, how is Jesus known? Jesus is known by revelation. Jesus wasn’t known by public opinion, Jesus was known by revelation. The Father revealed the fact to Peter; so the revelation of Jesus the Son is found in the Father. Same way the revelation of the Father (God) is found in the Son (Christ), and this revelation has been committed to the writing in a book called the bible. Notice, Peter revealed Jesus, Jesus revealed the Father. So the revelation of Jesus demystifies God; God remains unknown until Jesus is known. God remains veiled until Jesus is unveiled; God remains mysterious until Jesus is revealed. So the revelation of Jesus demystifies God. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: God remains unknown until Jesus is known.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14 EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 3