Category: Divine Revelation

Ten – The Completed Work of Christ – p. 392

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June 3

The Gift of… Everything (cont.)

Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2Pet. 1:4)

How shall we define or describe God’s nature? Scripture offers us two ways.

First, we see the nature of God in the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us about the divine qualities which produce the various “flavors” of the divine character.

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Second, we might define or describe the divine nature as offered by what we SEE in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus. Through The Christ, we see the aspects of the divine nature in real-life situations, providing us invaluable insight into the practical aspects of God’s nature.

In Jesus, we see the “fruit of the Spirit” in living, interactive form. Through Jesus, we see that God’s nature is…

moved and motivated by compassion and love (Matthew 9:35-36; 14:14; 20:34; John 3:16);

willing to offer divine help to meet human needs (Matthew 8:2-3; Mark 1:40-42; John 2:1-11);

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loyal and faithful (Matthew 28:20; John 14:18-21);

able and willing to intervene in situations of peril, sickness, and trouble (Matthew 4:24; Mark 4:37-41; Luke 4:38-41; etc.);

caring and nurturing (Matthew 23:37; John 10:11-14);

intent on fully satisfying the human spirit (John 4:10, 14; 6:35, 48-58);

desiring to offer direction, sustenance, revelation, and purpose (John 14:6; 10:7-9; Matthew 11:27);

intent on revealing truth (John 14:6; over 70 times Jesus prefaced His statements with, “I tell you the truth…”);

eager to impart life (John 14:6; 10:10; 11:25);

committed to teaching the ways of God (John 13:13; Matthew 7:28; Mark 1:22; 6:34; Luke 21:37; over 30 times Jesus is mentioned as teaching the people and/or His disciples); and

the embodiment of light opposing all forms of darkness (John 8:12; 9:5).

Jesus came as the perfect revelation of God – His Own character, heart, and nature. Our perception of God must be drawn from Christ, Who came to this earth, not only to die for our sins, but also to impart a true revelation of the God Who purchased our salvation with His Own sacrifice. As the apostle John was inspired to write:

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An unmistakable truth emerges: God desires to reveal Himself to us. It is His purpose and pleasure to reveal Himself through the display, and personal experience, of His divine nature. Jesus came as the first to fulfill this purpose. All generations of His disciples, to follow, are also given this marvelous and glorious task. The good news is that we have already received all that we need to accomplish this purpose. We have become fully enabled to “participate in the divine nature.”

But it gets better still…

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 352

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March 21

The Keys of the Kingdom

We have clearly seen that Jesus intends to have His disciples accomplishing things just as He accomplished things on this earth – and “even greater things.” (John 14:12) In order for “greater things” to occur, the disciples of Jesus must understand, and utilize, the secrets behind the Master’s ways. They cannot merely imitate His actions, or mimic His words, and expect to see the same results. They must understand, and be moved by, the same principles that were at work within Jesus.

All disciples must discover Jesus’ true identity, which can only occur by divine revelation within a human heart. As recorded in Matthew 16, Peter is the first to experience this occurrence – and with this revelation, he took the first step toward being enabled to do what the Master had done.

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Through the miracle of divine revelation, Peter was the first to begin this journey into experiencing the fullness of the true Christian life with all its promise, potential, and power.

Jesus’ conversation with Peter at Caesarea Philippi confirms this thought. As we discussed at length in Chapter Five, The Christ’s Church will be built upon the powerful foundation of divine revelation making its way into human hearts, producing a spiritual force of great magnitude and power.

Because Peter experienced the divine revelation into the true identity of his Savior, Jesus goes on to speak an amazing truth and promise to him: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19)

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Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 346

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March 13

Why Jesus left (cont.)

To overthrow every semblance of ungodly authority (and its effects) is, unmistakably, the focus of the Great King, and of our Savior.

The apostle Paul affirms this fact when He speaks of the waning moments of this current earth:

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According to Scripture, the reign of The Christ, at the Father’s right Hand, must continue until Jesus has confronted and destroyed all dominion, authority and power upon this earth. He must reign until all God’s enemies are subdued. But just how does this reign occur?

Scripture reveals that Jesus’ reign occurs through the redeemed people of the Most High.

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As The Church is submitted to Her Master, He performs His work, of exhibiting and exercising the rule of the Most High, through us. The work is done on this earth by the power and the authority of the One in heaven, through those who are submitted to His reign here on earth. Jesus left us, and the Holy Spirit came to us, to connect US to this position of authority and power.

This is the full expression of the “manifold wisdom of God.” This is why the disciples were forbidden to “get about the work” until they had been “clothed with power from on High.” (Lk. 24:49!) Until the vital connection had been established, the disciples were incapable of producing anything remotely resembling the Kingdom of God. But within that vital connection (at the Father’s right Hand), Jesus could do His work through the disciples, and bring the rule of the Most High to so many souls and situations where that benevolent and compassionate rule was needed.

But this does not happen in God’s people automatically. We need the power of the revelation of this purpose within our hearts. Our inner “eyes” need to be opened to this amazing reality: The Most High desires to exercise His power and authority by His Son, through His sons (and daughters). God’s New Covenant people need to understand their role in this great battle plan of the One True King…

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The power and authority of the Most High King are meant to be displayed in, and through, The Church of the Living God. We are His Body here on this earth. We are His physical means of fulfilling the spiritual reality of the fact that “God placed all things under His feet.” This is the reason behind why He fills us with His fullness…

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 338

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March 1

Jesus came to reveal The King

John’s gospel account begins with a powerful description and a striking concept…

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John is inspired to identify the Subject of His gospel (Jesus) by calling Him “The Word.” What does this mean?

As we think about it, the very purpose of words is to successfully communicate ideas or facts from one person to another. One person has something in mind, and desires to communicate that something. To do so, one thinks of words that might be used to best communicate, then those words are expressed to another person so that those words might be received and comprehended. Words are tremendously useful to human beings — they help to connect us. Words are critical to promote the possibility of comprehension and understanding. We communicate our thoughts, ideas, and facts to one another, mostly by using words.

With this in mind, we turn our thoughts to Jesus, described as “The Word.” He came as the exact expression of the Almighty God. To look upon Jesus, and to see Him in action, was to observe a true and accurate physical representation of the Most High. This is a fact that is prevalent in Scripture:

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This is also confirmed with Jesus’ Own words spoken to Philip and the rest of the disciples: “If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well… Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father…” (from John 14:7-9)

With this conclusive remark, our Lord Jesus brings us to a crucial consideration – and the very essence of our current discussion. Jesus came to reveal the King, and to grant us a life-changing understanding of Him and His ways. As John was inspired to affirm at a later date: “The Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him Who is true.” (1 John 5:20)

We just cannot understand, and know, the King if we do not have an accurate view of Him. Human beings need to see Him as He truly is, to fully observe and grasp the King’s character and nature. The King seeks to conform all things to His character and nature, and through the display of His power and authority, He desires to align all things with His Own purposes. Without the displayed works of the King, it is extremely difficult to know and understand His Heart for us…

Seven – The Gifts of The Spirit, p. 222

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“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… All these (gifts) are the work of One and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11)

5) Spiritual gifts are given for speaking or serving in God’s ability. God’s plan for revealing Himself upon this earth is simple. He desires to speak through His people. And He desires to serve through His people. Jesus was the Model of all that God would intend to do in the New Covenant with mankind. His focus was upon the Father speaking and serving through Him: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work.” (John 14:10) The New Covenant is all about living our lives in this kind of vital relationship with the Father.

Jesus, in speaking of the promise of the Holy Spirit, reminded His first disciples of this intimate connection: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you… On that day you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.” (John 14:18, 20) And in Jesus’ “High-priestly” prayer, He petitioned the Father for this vital association: “…just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that you have sent Me.” (John 17:21)

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We observe that true belief in Jesus is directly tied to this intimate connection with God (and, in context, with the unity in The Body of believers this connection provides). Unmistakably, it is through this intimate connection that God is afforded the opportunity to speak and serve through His people. The speaking and serving, in God’s power and ability, conforms to His purpose of revealing His character, nature, and glory. As we have already noted, this is what is at work behind our understanding of spiritual gifts.

This is confirmed so simply for us, once again, through the apostle Peter:

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The Holy Spirit is the indwelling means of God’s provision for willing and working according to His purpose. When we are using our spiritual gifts, God is using us to accomplish what He desires to do. This is at the very heart of true Christian ministry.

Five – Understanding Revelation, p. 169

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June 21

Conclusion

The great heritage of true Biblical faith is that God chooses to reveal Himself to those who seek Him with all their hearts. All true Christians are fixed on this purpose – knowing that the God they serve is intent upon the life-changing revelation of His divine Person to them, in them, and through them – all for His Own glory.

This is just exactly what the inspired apostle declared:

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Amen!

Five – Understanding Revelation, p. 168

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June 20

Fixing our eyes on Jesus…

We have seen the importance of divine revelation in the life of Jesus, and the apostles, and in the early Church. We have seen that Scripture itself is divine revelation and is an immeasurable gift to lead and guide us into God’s truth (and in how we envision God). God’s clear intent is to make Himself, and His ways, known to His people… so His people can make Him, and His ways, known to all those who need to truly see Him, and know Him, as He really is.

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To accomplish this is one of the primary purposes of God’s people. It is one of the great reasons why God created humanity – and why He sent Jesus to redeem and restore His people. Truly, only those who are redeemed and devoted to Jesus can receive, and bring, a living and true revelation of The Christ to all who dwell upon the earth. We were made in His image to reflect His image.

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This sense of God’s purpose must capture our hearts. The depth and height of true Christianity depends upon God’s purpose becoming our passion. Nothing less can properly honor our God and Creator. This is why Scripture implores us: “…since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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Fixing our eyes means that we turn our focus away from every other hindrance and encumbrance, and we keep Jesus ever before us. We are to envision Him in our every day lives – at work, at school, at the store, in our recreational activities, in our homes, in all our relationships, and so on. Keeping our focus upon Jesus keeps our focus off of all other things that might cloud our vision and obscure our purpose.

It should be obvious that we cannot fix our eyes upon that which we cannot see. God’s plan all along has been to reveal Himself to those devoted to Him – those who truly love Him. Jesus promised this very thing to His disciples: “He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

The magnificent and wonderful mystery of God’s plans for His people is that the infinite and invisible God desires to make Himself seen and known, so that He may be loved and worshiped willingly, by all people.

He created us for this very purpose.