“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1Timothy 3:16).
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the Father manifest; thus, He is God revealing Himself.
Recall, the word manifest in the above text implies to unveil, to reveal, to uncover. So, in Christ God has been uncovered; in Christ, God has been unveiled; in Christ, God has been revealed. Notice “God was manifest in the flesh”; that is, God (the Father) became a man (Christ Jesus, the son). So, the son is the Father manifest. That is, Jesus is God revealing Himself. That is why he is the Father manifest. It is vital to note that in the four gospels, Jesus always referred to God as Father. John chapter 8 is a perfect example of this (John 8:12-19). Here in John 8, he spoke about the Father so much that the Jews asked him a question in verse 9, “…where is thy father?” And in verse 19b, Jesus responded, “If you had known me, ye should have known my father also”. In other words, the Father is revealed in the son. There is no greater revelation of the Father outside of that which is in the son. Jesus, throughout that discussion with the Jews in John 8 referred to God as “my” or “the” Father. And He referred to Himself as the son twice in verses 35 and 36 “And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the son abideth ever. If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. Also, if you observe John 8 closely, you will see that Jesus said to the Jews that God is not their Father, He rather said that their father was the devil, why?This is because of unbelief in the gospel; this means that a man is a child of God or son of God and God his Father by faith in the gospel of Christ. It is thus in the son that we have the totality of God’s revelation.
In Matthew 17, there was a vital occurrence that laid credence to the facts we’ve established so far, it reads “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5). Obviously, the idea many have about this statement “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased” is that God is saying “Jesus has satisfied me or Jesus has pleased me”. But that is not what that statement implies; so let’s find out what it implies in the next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Follow the study.
PRAYER: Spiritual wisdom and revelation is at work in me, therefore, my capacity is increased greatly to comprehend revelation knowledge, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: What is read wrongly cannot be interpreted rightly.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 7; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1