Revelation is the understanding or unveiling of something previously hidden or unknown.
The early Christian church was built upon the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. This knowledge was revealed to Mary by the angel Gabriel, declared by John the Baptist, and confirmed to the world through Jesus' life by his actions, teachings, and miracles.
It is essential that Christians today also build their faith on the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. But to do this, we must ask the questions:
- Who is Jesus?
- What is the 'Christ'?
- Who is the living God? and
- What does it mean to be the Son of the living God?
Jesus gave the disciple Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven when he declared by revelation that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus will do the same for anyone to whom the Father reveals this mystery.
|And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
- And Jesus 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. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.(Matthew 16:16–18)
The importance of revelation cannot be understated. The last book in the New Testament begins with the passage "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;" The revelation of Jesus Christ, both who he is and the meaning of his prophecy, is therefore extremely important, and is God in action in front of a particular audience: you.
But why would God want to reveal Himself to mankind? From his own Word, God is simply inviting us to fellowship, friendship, and communion with him. He is that kind. Continue...
|But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31)