Does it even matter what I know about Jesus?
What if we as humans had access to information that showed us the failure of others who had come before us? What if this information showed their spiritual depravity, their moral bankruptcy, their personal struggles, their emotional battles, etc? Wouldn’t this information be a gold mine for how we can avoid such pitfalls?
Well, this information does exist; it is called the bible. From a collective standpoint, we are able see what men did wrong, what they did right, how they served God or how they didn’t, etc.
I must choose to learn from the people of the past. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
Revelation is always accompanied by the justice of God. I must understand that God is not revealing His glory to me for me to still conduct my life apart from His revelation.
With revelation, there is also responsibility. When my father corrected me as a child, he would reveal to me what I had done wrong. In return, this new revelation required me to learn from my mistake. In other words, I either had to accept responsibility for my actions or I would find myself receiving more correction from my father.
This age of people are without excuse (Romans 1:20) Sure, we live in grace. But, grace brings us closer to God, which speaks of a more intimate relationship (or greater understanding of who He is).
Consider the words of Jesus…”Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:20-21).
Jesus did many great things in the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida. But, more than His mighty works, He expected that these things would lead these towns to repent and live according to this great revelation of who He was.
Revelation is not so much about knowledge as it is action. In other words, God doesn’t reveal things for you to impress people with what you know. He reveals things so that you can move closer to Him (action involved) and live (action) accordingly.
My level of understanding/revelation will equal my level of accountability and judgment. “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). I will give an account to Christ…”So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).
Ask yourself this question. Why does the grace dispensation that we are in, end in so much judgment on the earth before the Millennial reign of Christ? God’s kindness in this age should lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4).
God knows how much you truly understand about Him. He knows what you do with the revelation that He has given you. I believe it was Leonard Ravenhill that said, “every true revival brings a fresh revelation of Christ.”
So, why am I not seeing revival? Is it because I don’t even walk in the revelation of Christ that I already have?
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).
By Nick Turner