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There is value that comes from having true knowledge from God. You will see, first of all, how someone received from God the exact knowledge of Jesus, then how that same person forgot the knowledge God had given him.

Who Jesus Is
Let's look first in Matthew, 16:15, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, 'Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?' And they said, 'Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.' He saith unto them, 'But whom say ye that I am?'" Jesus was asking His disciples, "What are people saying about Me? Who do they say I am?"

The disciples gave Him various answers, but He asked them specifically, "Then who do you say I am?" The answer was spoken by Peter, but it came straight from Almighty God! "And Simon Peter answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the 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'" (Matt. 16:16-17).

I want you to notice the word revealed in this last verse. Jesus was saying to Peter: "You didn't get this because somebody told it to you. You don't really realize Who I am because you heard it somewhere. Flesh and blood did not reveal it to you; it was given to you from My Father in heaven."

In other words, Jesus was saying, "Peter, God the Father revealed to you Who I really am."

There are many people, even in churches, who know something about Jesus. They have heard His name mentioned time and time again. But they have yet to receive the revelation of Who Jesus really is. Colossians 1:27 says, "Christ in you, the hope of glory."

I have been told who my parents are: Robert Butler is my father and Ida LaJean Butler is my mother. I can believe they are because I look and act just like them, but I don't really know that for sure. Neither do you know about your parents. You were told that they are your mama and daddy. But you don't really know. You just hope that's the truth.

But knowing Jesus - knowing Who He really is - must be revealed to your spirit man. You cannot just hope it is true; you must believe it and receive that revelation knowledge in your heart.

The Rock of Revelation Knowledge
Jesus said to Peter: "For flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter" (Matt. 16:17-18).

Now the word Peter in the Greek is "petros," which means "rock." Jesus was saying to him, "Peter, you're a big rock." Then He said: "... and upon this rock I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18). In the Greek the word translated "rock" is not petros, but petra, which means a huge rock, like the Rock of Gibraltar.

Jesus said, "Peter, you are a big rock, and upon this rock, I will build My Church." The "rock" Jesus referred to was the revelation of Who He was. God the Father had given Peter this revelation. That's when he said to Jesus, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 16). Then Jesus said, "... upon this rock I will build my church" (v. 18).

Peter knew Jesus by name. He had walked and talked with Him. He had seen the miracles Jesus had performed. But even though Peter had been with Jesus, God had to reveal to him Who Jesus really was. Jesus was saying, "Upon this rock of the Father revealing the Son, I will build My Church." The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the result of receiving that revealed knowledge of Him.

Supernatural Revelation of Jesus
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord" (2 Pet. 1:2). Peter lists the characteristics each believer should add to his faith: virtue or moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patience or steadfastness, godliness, brotherly kindness, and of course, Christian love.

In verses 8 and 9 Peter said: "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. If ye do these things ye shall never stumble or fall."

The real key to never stumbling or falling is having the supernatural revelation of Who Jesus is. You can go to church regularly and hear lots of preaching about Jesus. You can even read about Him in the Bible. But you have to genuinely understand the truth of Who Jesus is.

Once you have received that true revelation of Jesus and know Who is in you by the power of the Holy Ghost, you will be able to do those things Peter listed in his epistle. Then, according to the Scriptures, you will never stumble or fall!

Source: Success Strategies From Heaven by Keith Butler.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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