“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: You are not known until Jesus is known.
We have come to deduce three very vital facts from our examination of Matthew 16:13-18 which are:
- The revelation of Jesus demystifies God.
- The revelation of Jesus unveils the believer.
- The revelation of Jesus exposes Satan
How will the believer’s identity be known? It will be known by revelation. The next question is, by the revelation of who? By the revelation of Christ. The next question is, where can we find the revelation of Christ? We can find it in the scriptures. The identity of the believer will not be subjected to public opinion or human views; it will be subjected to the written word. So the born again man is not known from human perception but by revelation, just like Jesus was known by revelation and not by human perception. Finally, in the light of this, let’s hear Paul as he echoes this truth; “Wherefore henceforth know we know man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Corinthians 5:16-17). Where do we know Christ after the flesh? In the four gospels, and Matthew 16:13-18 is a perfect example of this. So Paul says we should not know Jesus after the flesh (2Corinthians 5:16). And in verse 17, he speaks of “man in Christ” (that is, a humanity of men; male and female) who are new creatures.
So, “man in Christ” (male and female) are not known after the flesh because the person in whom they are in or the person who is the head of this humanity is not known after the flesh. So both Christ and the new creature are a revelation; Jesus revealed is the believer unveiled. Outside Jesus, a believer can never know his true identity. With this fundamental analysis done so far, we will in our subsequent studies get back to our key text and unveil a fact that is the believers’ nature and go as far as we can in this study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: You are known in Christ. Don’t try to know yourself elsewhere.
PRAYER: Revelation knowledge grows big on my inside till nothing else matters, In Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Your identity still remains unknown to you until Jesus is made known to you.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 16; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5