Getting Revelation on God’s Word!!!
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. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him”…….. Matthew 11:25-30
In our previous study, we see Jesus describing the attributes of the people of this Generation and how they want Preacher to Dance to their tune. We also saw how Jesus rebuked some cities because they did not Repent despite all the Miracles that they have seen and experienced and the the terrible Judgement coming upon them. But Today, We will be giving attention to why many people seem not to understand the Bible. We will be discovering why the Bible is Boring to a Lot of Christians. We will be seeing why some who claim to study the Bible have not been transformed in Character despite their studies. It is a very important to note this because You could be Following this Series “#Everyday with Jesus” and Yet after the Whole study, You are not transformed instead, You only got More information and Head Knowledge so that You could Preach it to others. Let us therefore consider the above Verses.
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: At what time? At that time that Jesus Rebuked other cities for not repenting, He gave Thanks to God. He gave thanks to God when He should have been discouraged that those whom He had done many Miracles for are not responding to the Gospel of Repentance. We must learn to give God thanks for everything, for this is God’s will for Us(1 Thessalonians 5:18). What did He thank God the Father for? He thanked Him for Hiding some things. What are these things God has hidden? God has hidden Repentance(Vs 20). God has hidden this message of the Kingdom of Heaven, the message of this New Covenant that must be possessed by violence which only few accepts, which only few has the ears to hear (Vs 12). This messages are Hidden!!! How often do you hear Preachers talk about it? It is hidden from the Wise and the Intelligent and Revealed to babes(Little Child). This is an amazing statement!!! And Here lies the Fundamental principle of Understanding the Scriptures. God has hidden His Greatest Truths from Wise and Intelligent people. In the World, we need to be Wise and intelligent to understand many things in school and to get a Job. But when it comes to Spiritual Matter, Our Cleverness and intelligence is Useless. Many people think if they got a Clever and intelligent Mind, they can understand the Bible. But it is the opposite. The Pharisees in the Old testament studied the Scriptures carefully but when Jesus of whom the Scriptures speaks about came into their midst, They called Him, “Prince of Demons”. But the Roman centurion who has never read the Scriptures before in His Life discovered and said” Truly, this was the Son of God(Matt 27:54). The Clever and intelligent people in Jesus day Missed the Truth Completely!!!
Now is there any Book which only babes can understand but clever people cannot understand? Can you think of any book or any subject which only Babes can understand? There is one book Like that in the whole World and That is the Bible. God’s word cannot be understood through Human intelligence and Cleverness. It is not that God’s word cannot be understood by reasoning, but our reasoning as been polluted by Sin. Our Human reason is incomplete and small and not able to grasp All of God’s wisdom. Our reason and intelligence is like a a little Cup but God’s wisdom is like an ocean and it can never fit into the Cup. So if we approach God’s word with Human intelligence, we are bound to go wrong. Our Interpretation will be wrong even if we take a Concordance to compare verses in the Scriptures.
So is God against Wise and intelligent People? Not at all. Paul was a Very Intelligent Man. I guess He was one of the Cleverest and most intelligent Man in His Generation. But despite All His Cleverness and intelligence, He got revelation. Our Cleverness and intelligence is not something that we acquired. It was something which we were born with just like the Colour of our skin, Height and shape of Head. These are natural characteristics which we were born with. Some are born with Higher intelligence, and some with Lower intelligence. So how could God be against someone who He Himself gave Higher Intelligence? God is not against intelligent People, but what He is against is the Pride that consumes intelligent people. The More we have anything which others do not have, the greater the tendency for pride in us. So the reason God has hidden the truths of the Scriptures from the Wise and intelligent is because of Pride.
But what was Hidden from The Wise has been revealed to babes. What is Revelation? This means God showing to us something which can not be understood by mere academic study. We can study the Bible and become a scholar and get PhD in Biblical studies just Like someone getting PhD in Chemistry and Physics and Yet not contact God. Each time we read the Bible, it is the Revealed word that we should be looking for. Because this is what will change and transform our Lives(2 Corinthians 4:18):. It is the condition of our Spirit that determines if we get Revelation on God’s word.
What does a Babe have that Clever and Intelligent people do not have? The primary Characteristics of a Babe is Humility(Matt 18:3-4). Babes are totally Helpless. It is an attribute of total dependence upon God. A Babe is so helpless and ignorant that it depends solely upon His Father’s care and instructions. If we can come to God with that spiritual sense of Helplessness however intelligent or unintelligent we may be and with a spirit of recognising our own need. If we can say to God, “I am an absolute idiot when it comes to Your word and I know nothing about spiritual matters. I need revelation in My spirit which my Clever mind and sharp brain cannot grasp” If we come to God’s word with that Humility, then we can understand the word of God. The Bible is written for those who are Babes in their Spirit. God has done it Like this so that Man might be Humble before God. So that No Flesh should boast in God’s presence.(1 Corinthians 1:29). God did it like this so that all those who are proud of their intelligence can be Humble. And we shall discover it in the day of judgment that the Greatest Men of God were not the Cleverest people on Earth. They are people who have the Humblest Spirit and the one who has the greatest faith which is helpless dependence on God.
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him: The Father has given all authority to Jesus(Matt 28:18). You can never Know Jesus unless the Father Reveal Him to You, You remember Peter got revelation about who Jesus Christ is, and Jesus replied Him saying, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven(Matt 16:17)” it is impossible to Know Jesus without the Father showing Him it to Us. This is where many Don’t have Revelation about. They know about Jesus but they don’t know Jesus. Knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus are two different things. You know about the President of Your Country but You don’t know Him in Person. You don’t know how He eats, You don’t know How He talks to His Wife, You don’t have that intimate relationship and Knowledge of Him. It is only the Father that Can Reveal Jesus to us. And He only reveals Him to the Humble in Spirit. And those who Know Him Speaks about Him. Those who don’t know Him have little or nothing to say about Him. The whole Bible, right from Genesis to revelation points to Jesus but only those whom the Father Reveals it to will see it and partake of the Nature of Christ that they see. In the same way, No one can know God as a Father expect Jesus Reveals it to Him or Her. Knowing God as a Father is the only thing that will give us security in this wicked world. And it is Jesus that can reveal the Father to us(John 1 :18). But if we are not Babes, we will never know God as a Loving Father. He only Reveals it to babes. If we know God as a Father, we will never worry about anything for He cares about us. If you are worried and anxious about anything, it proves that You don’t know the Father. And the reason why You don’t know the Father is because You don’t Know Jesus. If You had known Jesus, You would have known the Father. For He reveals the Father to Us(John 1:18). At the Last Supper, Jesus told His Disciples, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.(John 14:7)” The is what we need, Knowing God as a Father. It is knowing Him practically not just theoretical as the creator of the world. Having that Close intimacy with Him. It is possible. Honestly, it is the most amazing Thing in the Christian Race. Others may Know Him as God, but We Know Him as a Father. It is very difficult to Explain but If You know Jesus in a Practical Way, He will definitely Reveal the Father to you. This is what we should all long for. The More we Know Jesus through the Bible and revelation of the Holy Spirit, the more we will know the Father. Paul said this towards the ending of His Life, “.. that I May Know Him (Philippians 3:10)” This should be our cry also.
Dear Friend, the more Humble You are, the more Revelation you get from Your Bible. Become Like a Little Babe and come to Him in Helpless dependence on Him. The More Revelation You get from the Bible, the More of His nature you partake. If your Study of the Bible does not make you more Like Jesus, then you don’t have a clue of why the Bible was given. Only the Father can reveal Jesus to You, and If you have seen Jesus, He will definitely Reveal the Father to You. What You need is Revelation not more Knowledge and information. It is Revelation that transform people into the Nature of Christ. May the eyes of our understanding be enlightened to See Jesus clearly in the Scriptures in Jesus name (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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