Revelation Knowledge

Lesson 1

I am hoping this lesson will help us all to understand why it is so important to ask God to reveal what he wants us to see as we read His word. Without the Holy Spirit's help, we cannot understand the Word of God. God's great gift to us is Revealed Knowledge of His Word. Without revelation knowledge we would not understand the scriptures and they would not come alive in our hearts.
It was first expressed by Jesus when he asked a question to His disciples.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Matthew 16:13-17
Peter’s Revelation of Christ
13 When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples this question: “What are the people saying about me, the Son of Man? Who do they believe I am?” 14 They answered, “Some are convinced you are John the Baptizer, others say you are Elijah reincarnated, or Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 “But you—who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked. 16 Simon Peter spoke up and said, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God!” 17 Jesus replied, “You are favored and privileged Simeon, son of Jonah! For you didn’t discover this on your own, but my Father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you. 18 I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this rock will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church—my legislative assembly, and the power of death will not be able to overpower it! 19 I will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.”

No man had been able to reveal to Peter who Jesus really was. Only God had that revelation and put it into Peter's heart.  Jesus was very impressed by this...He called him "favoured and priviledged". And look at what he told Peter his reward would be!(verses 18&19). And look how it came to pass in Peter's ministry. And this promise was not just to Peter but to everyone who receives that revelation! We receive that revelation when the Holy Spirit works in us to get saved. Someone tells us about what the Bible says about salvation and then we act upon it, and get saved. The first step towards Revelation Knowledge of God's plan for us. And then we are to continue our journey on from that point.

I once heard a teacher of the Word say this. "The Bible is so simple to understand we have to have help to misunderstand it." In other words...we over think the Scriptures, trying to find something to suit what we want it to say instead of just taking it at face value and asking the Holy Spirit and then believing it.

Jesus put it this way.

Matthew 11:25
25 Then Jesus exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord, the Supreme Ruler over heaven and earth! And you have hidden the great revelation of your authority from those who are proud and think they are wise and unveiled it instead to little children.

When Jesus was on the earth he was constantly followed by critics and people that didn't understand who he was and what he was doing. They were so caught up in pursuing what they thought was right, that they missed the simplicity of what Jesus was saying and doing. He didn't have a hidden agenda, he was there doing good and because people didn't understand and didn't really want to try to understand, so it was hidden from them and only shown to those that really wanted to know the truth, and be set free.

In the same way today we have to really want to know what the word is teaching us or we will remain blinded to the truth as well. We all need the Holy Spirit in our lives teaching and guiding us into all truth.

John 16
12 “There is so much more I would like to say to you, but it’s more than you can grasp at this moment. 13 But when the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth within you. He won’t speak on his own, but only what he hears from the Father, and he will reveal prophetically to you what is to come.

No one can really receive true revelation knowledge of the Word without the Holy Spirit operating in their lives. When we got saved the Holy Spirit was at work in us. But we have to continue on in the plan that Jesus has for us, and that is to receive the Holy Spirit Baptism. He never meant for us to be alone, he sent the Holy Spirit when He went to heaven. We need to allow him full operation in our lives.

John 16
The Work of the Holy Spirit
5 But now that I’m about to leave you and go back to join the One who sent me, you need to be told. Yet, not one of you are asking me where I’m going. 6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I’ve told you these things. 7 But here’s the truth: It’s to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away the Divine Encourager will not be released to you. But after I depart, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will expose sin and prove that the world is wrong about God’s righteousness and his judgments. 9 “ ‘Sin,’ because they refuse to believe in who I am.
10 “God’s ‘righteousness,’ because I’m going back to join the Father and you’ll see me no longer.
11 “And ‘judgment’ because the ruler of this dark world has already received his sentence.

Revelation knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit at work in our lives as we make the decision that we want to know what God's Word says. If we seek His face and ask for his wisdom, he will give us revelation of things that others can't even comprehend.

Luke 10:21
21 Then Jesus, overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s joy, exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord Supreme over heaven and earth! You have hidden the great revelation of this authority from those who are proud, those wise in their own eyes, and you have shared it with these who humbled themselves. Yes, Father. This is what pleases your heart: to give these things to those who are like trusting children.

The religious people in Jesus' time didn't want to know the truth. They were so caught up in rules and regulations that they had lost sight of what was important, and that was to know God and who He was and what He could do, and what we mean to Him. They could not understand Jesus and why he did what he did and what drove him. It was the compassion of God and the desire to do His will that moved Jesus.

Matthew 14:14
14 So when Jesus landed he had a huge crowd waiting for him. Seeing so many people, his heart was deeply moved with compassion toward them, so he healed all the sick who were in the crowd.

If they had taken time to follow him as the disciples did, they would have understood his mission. But even Peter was the only one that received the revelation of who Jesus was, before the rest of them got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. And I don't think he fully understood that revelation until that happened either. None of these men were saved until after Jesus died and rose again.

In the same context we need to not only be saved, but we need to get filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to understand the word. I was saved when I was five. I had a good understanding of salvation and knew a lot about the Bible, but never fully understood the depth of so many of the truths of the New Testament until I got filled with the Holy Spirit when I was in my 20's. And am still learning and getting new revelations each time I read a scripture, no matter how many times I have read it before. The Word should be fresh every time you read it, as long as you allow the Holy Spirit to teach you each time you get into the Word.

Many of the Old Testament prophets, even though they weren't saved, sought God and were open to Him to reveal Himself to them and became sensitive to His voice. They managed to persuade Kings because of this. A good example of this was Daniel. Read his story and see how he believed God no matter what circumstances came into his life and no matter how the devil tried to stop him. He was a faithful and loyal servant of God and as a result God gave him great gifts.

Daniel 2:28a But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets 29b And He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. 30 But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.

Read the entire chapter of Daniel 2 to see what this is all about. But the main thought was that he was given the gift of interpreting dreams and God used him and he was rewarded for it.
If you read the whole book of Daniel you will see the full story of Daniel and find out just how dedicated he was to seeking God's face by spending time in pray and study. His life was spared many times because of this.

Moses and Joseph were two more men that God used mightily because they sought after him. The amazing thing is that they did not have the Bible to go by as it had not been written yet. They just wanted to know if there was a God and He revealed himself to them. And God used both of them to save their people.

David was just a shepherd boy that God used to rule a nation. He hungered for God and God's spirit came on him.

1 Samuel 16
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” 12 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.

These are all Old Testament men that the Spirit rested on. Think of how dedicated they were to seek after a God that not only could they could not see Him, but not able read about in some cases...and some did not even know that He existed, but followed the voice of the Spirit drawing them in, and were able to be open to communicating with Him and did in one form or another. And believed that He was real!!

But we are born again children of God. We have His written Word. If we spend time in God's presence and seek His face and read His word, God will reveal Himself and His Word to us and we will see great and mighty things happen in our lives as well.
 

 

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