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 poised a question to His disciples.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
Matt. 16:13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked
His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others
Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for
flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in
heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will
build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on
earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be
loosed 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. 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 believing it. Jesus put
it this way.
At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and
have revealed them to babes.
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 the missed the simplicity
of what Jesus was 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.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all
truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He
will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
No one can really received 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.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are
You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled
your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage
that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you;
but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will
convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin,
because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My
Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this
world is judged.
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.
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise
and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed
good in Your sight.
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.
14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with
compassion for them, and healed their sick.
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.