Rock of Revelation

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 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.” (Mt 16:13-18)

Way to go, Peter!

This was not what Peter had figured out by human observation, it had been revealed to him by the Father. What does this mean, revealed by the Father?

It came by revelation!

Unlike a voice from heaven, this was an unveiling from within Peter’s heart. The Father speaks within Peter’s spirit. An opening of sorts, but more than that its a spiritual insight. Faith unlocks this intense moment where the Father causes internal eyes to see… unveiling from the heart. 

Jesus Responds:

What we must not miss is how Jesus discerns this and emphasizes its importance. When Peter says: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”… Jesus says, this was given to you! Jesus wanted Peter to take notice of where this thought had come from.

 ”This was given to you directly by my Father in heaven.”

In the gospel record, Jesus declares, the Father who sent Me will confirm who I am (Mt 3:17). Jesus discerning in Peter the very voice of His Father, speaking and opening Peter’s heart… says “That’s it, that’s the voice that I want you to tune into and let resinate inside”. This is the revelatory flow that all spiritual truth will be built upon (1 Cor 2:9-10).

The Rock of Revelation:

Jesus makes it clear that from this Rock of Revelation, something amazing would take shape… I will build my Church! This Church of Living Stones, would be described by the Apostle Peter, as chosen and royal. These would be built into an impenetrable structure, not by doctrinal ideas, but from an awareness of who Christ really is by way of the Father’s voice. These special people are as precious as they are indestructible, because by their very lifestyle they proclaim the praises of Him who called them out of darkness and into His marvelous light (1 Pe 2:4-9). 

Living by Revelation:

Opening the revelatory understanding does that to us (Eph 1:17-20). It keeps the gates of hell from prevailing against us. Believers are not just people with a world view differing from the atheist. They are a people with a heart in sync with the rhythm of heaven. The Righteous Saint of God lives by faith and not by sight. They hold their position by standing upon the Rock of Revelation.

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