BY Erasmus Makarimayi
READING through the whole Bible, that is from Genesis to Revelation takes about three days, but understanding the revelation thereof can take three decades.
There is a certain patience accompanied by humility to get the message behind the words of the Bible. Message there means Christ Jesus.
Our communication with God the Father is through the words. Beyond the words, we should encounter the Word.
The whole Bible is the Revelation of the Word, Jesus Christ. I have been writing on this platform for over a decade and oftentimes I am attacked by readers who never refer to the Bible to support their opinion.
We avoid doctrinal errors if we don’t rush to conclude what is not in the Bible. The Jews took pride in “knowing” the Bible from A to Z so to speak, but denied Jesus. Jesus had to tell them that what they were reading in the Bible was Him.
He said in John 5:39: New King James: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” Eternal Life is not in the physical Bible but in the Revelation of the person of the Bible.
The Gospel according to John opens up clearly in John 1:1-5: “(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Please be careful not to miss or skip Jesus when reading and studying the Bible.
Apostle Paul was very clear to his readers. He writes in Ephesians 3:2-4: “(2) If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: (3) How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (4) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”
This Revelation is contained in the epistles revealed to apostles and prophets of the Lamb.
Apostle Paul invited his readers to understand his knowledge in the Revelation of the mystery. Please remember that when Apostle Paul was still unsaved, he knew the Scriptures in and out so to speak. However he didn’t know Jesus Christ.
When the grace of God fell upon him, he went to the Arabian desert for three years to seek knowledge.
He writes in Galatians 1:15-18: “(15) But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, (16) To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: (17) Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. (18) Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.”
Jesus says that those who are childlike will receive the revelation. This refers to the humble or those with teachable spirit. When and if you know everything, God cannot teach you.
Apostle Paul never saw Jesus during His earthly ministry but he saw Him by revelation. 1 Corinthians 15:8-10 record: “(8) And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. (9) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (10) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
Please remember that we said Jesus is a revelation. Matthew 16:15-17 read: “(15) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? (16) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. (17) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Please use anytime available to read and study the Bible. You can do that in a Kombi, bus, walking or driving especially these days when the Bible is in available in audio format.
These times of lack of adherence to Biblical teaching where prophesied in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “(3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Biblical and spiritual matters require a certain level of endurance.
Please don’t pile up messages that you want while disenfranchising the Message of Christ.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.
- All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.
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