“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: Knowing Christ after the flesh is limited.
Still on the scenario in Matthew 16:13-18, it is clear that the response of the disciples to Jesus’ question buttresses the fact that what all men knew about Him was along natural lines. That is why in Nazareth, they knew Him only after the flesh; they talked about His brothers and sisters in the flesh. A perfect example of this in the synoptic is Luke 4:22 which reads “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, is not this Joseph’s son?” They totally missed it. They saw Him as one of them and lost out of receiving from His ministry. The people in the days of Jesus Christ when he walked this earth had no capacity to function in revelation knowledge. That was why Jesus taught them in parables. They could only understand things that are on natural lines. The knowledge of Christ after the flesh is a limited knowledge. You will discover in Luke 24:13-31 which was after the resurrection, Jesus met two of His disciples on the road to a village called Emmaus. They were talking about the news of His resurrection from the dead. Jesus asked them what manner of conversation they were having. And they thought Jesus was a stranger who was not aware of what was happening. They began to tell Him about Jesus, that He was a great prophet; mighty in deed and word before God and all the people. They were talking about Jesus to Jesus and didn’t know that it was Jesus. They missed it even in the resurrection; they still called Jesus a prophet just like the scenario in Matthew 16. Jesus had to rebuke them for being dull of hearing, slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken of him, and for not believing what the scriptures said concerning him (Luke 24:25-26). And begining from the writings of Moses, Jesus expounded to them in all the scriptures things concerning himself (Luke 24:27). So Jesus had to take their eyes off human perception, and pointed them at the revelation of the scriptures. You will not know Christ after the flesh no more when you know the scriptures. Jesus thus is not known on natural lines, Jesus is known by revelation and the revelation of Jesus which is in the Father has been committed to writing. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: God’s word is all of God’s revelation in Christ to you. Know the word.
PRAYER: My desire and passion is stirred up to know your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: If you miss it in knowing Jesus, then you have missed it in knowing God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1