Dec. 10, 2016

The Revealer

"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27)

Here is one of these magnificent enigmas, where Jesus reveals to us that if anyone knows the Father, it is because Jesus - in the authority granted to Him by the Father - bestows this knowledge.

And it is interesting to note, that when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”, Peter  announces, “Thou art the Christ, Son of the living God.” Jesus then tells Peter that he is blessed because the knowledge of Jesus’ identity came to him directly from the Heavenly Father.

So we see Jesus revealing the Father and the Father revealing Jesus - in Whom the fulness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form. John tells us in his gospel (John1:16) that “of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace”, referring to whoever has received the Holy Spirit.

Later on Paul ceaselessly makes mention in his prayers (See Ephesians 1:15-22, and 3:14-21) that this knowledge, this revelation, would overtake believers, so that we would comprehend and know the love of Christ, surpassing ordinary intellectual knowledge - or simple information about Jesus, but instead “that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.” Then Paul says, “Now to Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly BEYOND (caps emphasis mine) all the we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory IN the church and IN Christ Jesus…”

What is that power other than the fulness of Him which we have all received, and grace upon grace?! His presence in us, through His Holy Spirit, is one with His authority over all things. This is supposed to be the dynamic reality of all who have been called out of the ways of the world to be His Body.

It does not work in terms of might or power in the worldly sense, but rather it is through complete surrender to the Father in whole hearted fashion, with the “single eye” - seeing nothing but Him. It is lived out in His kind of love toward all, even those who are our enemies. This is meant to go on forever and ever, now and throughout all generations forever and ever.

So let us pray as Paul did - that our Lord reveals Himself to us and within us in His magnificent fulness, so that we begin to grasp that it is through the church that He intends to save and restore us as well as the entire creation.

 

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