Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION"

Mercy to you, and peace, and love be multiplied.

Greetings All,

My post today is about the importance of acquiring revelation from God.
I will to start with a fundamental definition of the word revelation.
Strong's greek word apokalupsis 602, Revelation "an uncovering"; the unveiling of the "mystery" the purpose of God in this age. The communication of the knowledge of God to our soul.

It is my belief that before we as believers can execute God's purpose on this plain called Earth we need to be able to see God from His perspective and not our own. Jesus said in (Matthew 5:8) that the pure in heart will see God. Look at (John 5:20) For the Father loveth the Son, and SHEWETH him ALL THINGS that himself doeth: and he WILL SHEW him GREATER WORKS than these, that ye may marvel. The Father here is the one to show his sons all things that the Father himself does and on top of this the Father will show his sons greater works. God's love for his children motivates him to do this. We are blessed to be in this position in this present age.

In the old testament the only one's that had a constant access to the things of God were prophets, kings and priests. In Christ Jesus he has included us all into seeing His heart. So now that he has made us kings and priests of Jesus Christ we are in position to receive His plans for us, the Church.
If Jesus always looked toward the Father to execute His plan on this Earth, we should not think it can be done by another method and fulfill His righteousness.
It is vital that we seek God to reveal to us the mystery of His will. We have to be able to SEE and believe what He shows us.

We in this Church age are living in the age of revelation. Before Jesus was crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended humanity was veiled from the glory of God, God's ways were a mystery, there was only law. In Isaiah 25:7 God made one of His many promises And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the COVERING CAST OVER ALL PEOPLE, and the VEIL that is SPREAD OVER ALL NATIONS.
(Matthew 27:50 - 51) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
And, behold, the VEIL of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
This veil which covered the people from God was ripped away forever and destroyed by the crucifiction. God took this wall down so that all people would be able to see Him through Jesus. Praise the Lord! So God no longer has a veil that would prevent any one from approaching Him and seeing Him in His fullness. Humanity no longer has any excuses to hide behind, it's plain old unbelief. The old physical temple had a curtain between us and God, today we are the temple of God (as He always wanted it) and the curtain in the heart of many people today is sin and unbelief. This is the reason people can't see and believe God because of unbelieving hearts. Look at 2 Cor. 4:3 - 4 For if our gospel be hid, IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST: In whom the GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS of them which BELIEVE NOT, lest the LIGHT of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

I inserted this to show that we can see God today and He is more than willing to reveal to us who He is. Let's look at what Apostle Paul desired for the Ephesian saints.
He said to them that he was making mention of them in prayer to God (Ephesians 1:17 - 18) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and REVELATION in the knowledge of HIM; The EYES of your understanding being enlightened; that THEY MAY KNOW what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
This verse confirms what I mentioned earlier about where revelation comes from, Paul saids here that it comes from the Father of Glory. Let's look at an example of the Father at work in (Matthew 16:15 - 17) Jesus asked Peter But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said THOU ART THE CHRIST, 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.

As we look at this the first thing Jesus does is declares Peter blessed, truly it is a blessing when God reveals himself to us in our lives, for revelation always leads to God's will for our lives individually and corporately, it also leads to a deeper walk with Him. Secondly Jesus taught Peter that what he saw did not come from the nature of man it was not earthy, but divine. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, so it definitely cannot reveal God to us.

As we look closer Paul desired for the Father to give them this Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they would know God better then they have before. Getting to know God is surely progressive but there is no limit to Him. I need to mention that they already had the Holy Spirit within, but now they were in need of God's wisdom and revelation so they would know how to walk in the spirit which dwell within them. Paul said that not only would they get to know him better but the EYES of their understanding would receive enlightenment. Symbolically eyes represent divine intelligence or spiritual understanding in scripture. There is more to this then just being born again, we must learn how to walk with God and without revelation we will stumble big time.

When we truly walk in revelation and wisdom God will use us to bring Him glory. God will give us insight so we or others won't be in the dark. Look at what king Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed after one of his dreams were properly interpreted (Daniel 2:47) The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and A REVEALER OF SECRETS, SEEING thou COULDEST REVEAL THIS SECRET.
This man was able to accept and recognize the God of Daniel and declared by his own mouth that He is the God of gods, the real God just by the revelation God gave Daniel.
If people are going to accept Jesus as the Lord of Lord and King of kings we need to know who He really is by walking in this spirit of wisdom and revelation. When we know Him we won't be just talking about God in general terms but in power, experience and reality. We have so much in Christ and most of us are just up to our ankles.

Now let's look at (Romans 16:25 - 26) Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, which was KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN, But NOW IS MADE MANIFEST, and BY THE SCRIPTURES of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS for the obedience of faith.
In this verse we see the terms "mystery" and "secret" implying that it was unknown or covered up from our understanding. Today it is manifested or completely made known through the SCRIPTURES of the prophets. Let's shed some more light on this from (Luke 24: 44 - 45) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the LAW OF MOSES, and in the PROPHETS, and in the PSALMS, concerning ME.
Then OPENED HE THEIR UNDERSTANDING, that THEY MIGHT UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES.
Here we see that through the scriptures or Bible we can know fully the mystery or secret of God's plan through the scriptures of the prophets. Jesus said the same thing to his disciples when he mentioned that everything that was written about him in the law of Moses, prophets, and the psalms
is fulfilled in him. The interesting thing was what he did next. He opened the disciples understanding or we can say their spiritual eyes so they could understand the word of God. I find this awesome and we can see that if we are going to understand the word it will have to be Jesus opening our understanding. He can do this as well because He and the Father are one. (Luke 10:22) All things are delivered to me of my Father: and NO MAN KNOWETH who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he TO WHOM THE SON WILL REVEAL HIM.
As you can see here the Son has the power to reveal as well as the Father.

So if there is any thing of God that is HID it is hid to a particular group. Look at (Luke 10:21, 23)
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, and hast REVEALED THEM unto BABES: even so Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, BLESSED ARE THE EYES WHICH SEE THE THINGS THAT YE SEE:
The Father would not reveal himself to people who were wise and prudent in their own eyes but to those who received him as little children. Jesus did say unless we receive the kingdom of God as little children we could not enter. For us to learn from God we have to abandon our knowledge and pride and come as a child and He will reveal himself and teach us. It's a matter of humility and sincerity on our part. It can also be said that revelation is God APPEARING to us. As we yield to the Spirit within He will remove the dross, and replace it with His divine attributes. God and sin cannot co-exist.
Revelation is for all of the people which love him, He will give it if we would just humble ourselves before him and seek him for it.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God HATH REVEALED THEM UNTO US BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the DEEP THINGS OF GOD.(1 Cor. 2:9 -10)
So if we want to know God deeper than go to God directly because there is no longer a veil, only unbelief. Through Jesus blood we can come boldly to the throne. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the HOLIEST by THE BLOOD of JESUS. By a NEW and LIVING way, which he hath consecrated for us, THROUGH THE VEIL, that is to say, his flesh. (Hebrews 10: 19 - 20)

So let us receive that wonderful spirit of wisdom and revelation in order to know Him more intimately. God bless!

by Bro. Pete Mojica

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory foreever and ever. Amen.



1 comment:

Cindy said...

Excellent post, what a Blessing!