Father, we come boldly before you today to receive revealed knowledge that we may be strengthened with might in our inner man and produce the fruits of love and righteousness in our lives and power in our prayers. In Jesus name, I receive. Praise the Lord!
Keep in mind we might all have different answers on this teaching. Remember, scripture is multifaceted, like hikers who take different trails and see different things. Different views, different thoughts. As long as the Holy Spirit is the Guide, we’ll stay in order.
Read Matthew 16:13 -20
Let’s zero in on vs.15:
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
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.
“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.”
“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."
Make a list of what you consider to be the most important truths that Jesus gave us in this passage.
Here are my thoughts:
“Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered Jesus’ question from revealed truth that was given to him in his spirit. "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Revelation knowledge is knowledge that doesn’t come from this earthly realm. It is knowledge not previously known that is opened up and released into the believer’s spirit. Father gave Peter the answer to Jesus’ question. Father always speaks truth. Always! That is why we can trust Him.
Jesus adds further revelation knowledge: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Expect blessings when you receive knowledge and answers in the inner man. Why? Revelation knowledge carries with it a grace or ability to empower you and transform your thoughts from one realm to another.
Faith is the acceptance of and belief in that reveled knowledge.
Kingdom Truth: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Christ means: Anointed.
Christ means Messiah: Old Testament term applied to priests who were anointed with the holy oil, particularly the High Priest.
The Father has revealed who His Son really is, cutting through all the lies of reincarnation that men had suggested in vs.14.
Jesus is in agreement with what Father has spoken.
Are you in agreement with what Father has spoken about you? Just as the fulfillment of Jesus’ earthly ministry was attached to what Father said about Him, so is the fulfillment of your earthly ministry attached to what God’s Word has declared about you.
“…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…”
The Church belongs to Jesus and He is the Builder!
What rock will it be built on? The revelation of who Jesus is.
He certainly is not referring to building the church on a mortal man, for this does not line up with other scriptures that declare no other foundation can be laid except Jesus Christ.
See 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 and 1Timothy 2:5-6
The solid rock and foundation of the church is two-fold:
- Jesus Christ is the solid foundation.
- The revelation of who Jesus is changes the heart of a sinner to become a New Creation in Christ Jesus.
You could not have become a Christian, unless Father had revealed His Son to you. When you acknowledged that truth by faith, Jesus opened the door for you to become part of His Body, The Church. You went through that door and so did I. Praise God that makes us family! See Psalm 127:1 and John 10:9
“…the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it…”
Jesus has the keys of Hades and death! Rev. 1:17-18
When Jesus was raised up, you were raised up. Praise God!
Read Ephesians 1:20-23 and 2:6.
As a member of His family, you are provided with keys to get into Fathers’ house anytime you please. Not only that but those keys He gave to His church are to be used to lock up and unlock things necessary to enforce God’s will on the earth.
We’ll get into those keys in next week’s study.
Father revealed to you and I who Jesus is. When we believed that revelation and confessed Him as our Lord and Savior, we were born from above, received eternal life, a new identity, and were adopted into God’s family: The Church.
We now operate in this world under a new system of beliefs and power called the Kingdom of God where Jesus is The Head. We’re in this world but not of it.
Dual occupancy; dual citizenship. See Philippians 3:20
Revelation knowledge is a major priority in operating in your Kingdom rights and benefits that Jesus died to give you. They are the roots of who you are and what you can do. Jesus came to give you life and that you may experience it more abundantly in Him! In Him we live and move and have our being.
Life Application Questions
Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in?
Are you striving to be accepted by others?
Are you doing some things so that you will be approved by others?
Are you afraid of what others think about you?
Are you trying to attain perfection by your works?
Answers are located in the Who I Am scriptures Resource page.
Prayer with Purpose Assignment – The Lost
As you pray and intercede for The Lost in your counties, pray that they will be hungry for Jesus. Pray that they will receive and act on the revelation knowledge of who Jesus is and be born again. Pray for them to have eyes to see and ears to hear and understand the message of salvation. Pray for a spirit of repentance to fall on your state.