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’ “ (Matthew 16:17)
blood” can only see what is evidenced by
visual sight or mental descriptions given by
someone else. Those who only see Jesus as
a man, whom history records that He lived
and died, do not really know Him. The Holy
Spirit is the “revealer” of who Jesus really
is—the Son of God and our Savior. Until
that revelation is given to us as the Spirit
draws us to the Father, Jesus will not be to
us what He came to earth to be.
revelation has touched our spirit, we have
to make a definitive decision. We can’t
just shrug it off and make it go away.
the revelation of Jesus Christ breeds
rebellion. The contemporaries of Jesus who
rejected Him sought to discredit Him. When
they couldn’t do that, they sought to kill
him. Jesus said of the cities that would
not accept Him “…it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment
than for you” (Matthew 11:22). No one can
be indifferent toward Jesus. They must
accept Him or reject Him.
Tarsus tried to eliminate “The Way” through
persecution of the followers of Jesus, even
causing them to be murdered. He wasn’t big
enough for that task! He was fighting God!
When he had his own personal revelation of
Jesus on the Damascus Road, the fight went
out of him; and he turned all that energy
and enthusiasm toward spreading the gospel
of Jesus for the rest of his life. At that
encounter, he lost his sight for three days,
but he saw Jesus in His glory. Revelation
of Jesus is a life changing experience.
rejection is totally our decision with
eternal consequences. As a matter of fact,
it is a now (in this life) or
never (after this life) situation.
There will be no second chances after we
leave here. Don’t be misled to think you
can alter your decision when you leave this
world. It is settled now, in this life; and
the decision is final.
those who accept the revelation of Jesus is
just vaguely understood now. But what we
know about it is too glorious to risk
missing. The day will come when we will see
clearly and have perfect understanding and
with our glorified bodies be able to receive
what God has in store for us.
who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye
also appear with him in glory” (Colossians
3:4). “And when the chief Shepherd shall
appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory
that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 5:4).
that there would be trying times for those
who believed in Christ, but he also knew the
rewards would be far superior to any trials
they might have to face.
inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s
sufferings; that his glory shall be
revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding
joy” (1 Peter 4:13).
Stephen knew what it was to suffer for the
Jesus-cause; it cost him his life. As
the stones fell on his body, beating out his
life, he saw Jesus, proof that Jesus'
promise of "I'll never leave you" was true
"But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked
up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory
of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand
of God" (Acts 7:55)
It is a
mistake to think that we will escape trials
when we live for Jesus, but not living for
Him won’t make them disappear. We all face
problems and troubles. The difference is
that Christians have the indwelling presence
of the Holy Ghost to carry them through the
bad times with the joy of the Lord intact;
the unbelievers have to go through the
trials without that help, feeling depressed,
revelation of who Jesus is, is only the
first lap in the race. Full revelation will
always be just out of reach in our race on
this earth, but we continually stretch
ourselves to learn more about Him. Our
knowledge of Him is always increasing,
inspired by the Holy Ghost. The more we
learn of our Lord, the greater is our
capacity to learn of Him. We will never
discover all there is to know, but every
revelation we receive widens the capacity
for learning more.
There is an
insatiable hunger in the heart of the
committed child of God to know more and more
about this Savior who gave His life for us
and is preparing a place for us in His
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be; but we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
We long to
“see Him as He is” as we enter into closer
fellowship with Him, and the time will come
when the revelation will be complete.
We “are kept
by the power of God through faith unto
salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time” (1 Peter 1:5).
No man hath
seen God at any time. If we love one
another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is
perfected in us" (1 John 4:12).
Yes, that day
will come when “We shall see
Him as He is” and the revelation of who
Jesus is will be complete, perfected.
revelation that will be!
This is a “companion” article to “I SEE”
published January 2012 at Rev. James Lewis’
website, Hand in Hand Ministry.
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