Revelation is a term that we seem to hear much of in the Christian world today. It is used in many different contexts and to me can be an excuse for not doing what the Lord is calling me to do – because you don’t have revelation!
Many false religions have been birthed as a result of someone’s revelation. Division, strife and even wars have come through so-called revelation. I think it’s time to put the record straight. Revelation is the revealing of truth. Truth comes from God and it is only He who can enlighten our hearts and bring clarity to our minds and lives.
Often a distinction is made between the ‘logos’, which is all of God’s Word from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation; and the ‘rhema’, which is the inspired or spoken Word of God. We need both – to read and study His Word and to be in the attitude of heart where the Holy Spirit can make this Word alive unto our hearts and minds.
Fools, because of their transgression,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death. Psalm 107:17-1
Late one evening, I was called into the hospital to pray for a young girl suffering from anorexia. She was at deaths door and I felt so helpless. After praying for her, I was driving home when I felt the Lord bring Psalm 107:17-18 to my mind. I did not know it, but when I read it, everything became clear. This girl’s affliction was the result of her transgression and sin. I drove back to the hospital, spoke to her and she repented and the Lord healed her right then!
That’s revelation. That’s what the Apostle meant when he said his knowledge did not come from man but from the Lord Himself. He was a man who studied the Scriptures, the Old Covenant, and the Lord was able to reveal Himself, His plan and His character. This is what we need in our lives. This is so real.
But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
In the Tabernacle there was the Ark of the Covenant; a gold box containing the Tablets of the Law, the Pot of Manna and Aaron’s rod, which was budding. On top of it were two Cherubim with wings touching. The High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies once a year, and it was here in this room filled with the glory of the Lord that he heard the voice of God.
When the Lord speaks to us in the intimacy of our hearts, His Word will never break His Law; His Word will feed us, His Word will have divine authority that brings life, and most of all it will bring us into a closer fellowship with Him. These are the fruits of revelation.
Revelation comes to us from the Lord when our hearts are open and when we walk in fellowship with Him on a daily basis. Being determined to keep ourselves pure in heart is the key that will unlock the door to His hidden mysteries. This is where His truth and life will be found in abundance.Well that’s the way I see it!