Revelation of Jesus Christ

by Mike Ratliff

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. (Mark 8:27-30 ESV)

The Compromised Church is in the lap of apostasy. Why? What is it that Christians do that starts them on the slippery slide into apostasy then heresy? It starts with a denial of the veracity of the Word of God. This takes away the solid foundation of truth that keeps us from going about helter skelter making up theology by the seat of our pants. However, once scripture is either diluted by these attacks or is allowed to be interpreted according to someone who is trying to make it fit a certain theology, the next step into the abyss is the preaching of a different Jesus than the one we find in scripture. This different Jesus is usually a wimp who doesn’t care how far off base anyone’s theology is. Instead, this false Jesus becomes the servant with the leaders in these false churches becoming lord. God becomes a source who has to fulfill their desires based upon their own whims.

What did Jesus say about Himself? We must dig into scripture for that. Let’s look at 4 revelations made by our Lord about Himself, the Church, His own death, the requirements to be His disciple and finally, a prophecy of His Second Coming. Even though that all sounds varied and perhaps unrelated, these statements by our Lord were made one after the other as a Revelation of the Truth about Himself and His church.

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17 ESV)

This is Jesus’ Revelation of Himself as the King. Peter called Jesus the Christ. That means that He is the Messiah, the coming King of the Jews. Of course, Jesus is far more than just a king of one people. He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. When Peter made his confession that Jesus is the Christ, he also made the correct statement that Jesus is God. Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He is not at the beck and call of anyone. He is King and His Kingdom is coming. Any preaching of Jesus without these facts is painting a flawed picture that falls far short of this revelation.

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (Matthew 16:18-20 ESV)

This passage is Jesus’ revelation of the Church. This is also the passage that the Roman Catholic Church has misinterpreted for hundreds of years. Jesus tells Simon that his new name is Peter. This new name means a small rock like a pebble. The word “rock” in v18 is not a pebble, but a huge mountain or escarpment such as the Rock of Gibraltar. The Roman Catholics take this passage to mean that Peter was the one upon which Jesus will build His Church. However, that interpretation does not fit the grammer here. Jesus was telling Peter that his confession of faith in v16 was the result of a revelation from God and that it was a wonderful thing for Peter to express that faith. It is this faith that is the mountain of rock. This faith is given to God’s people by God. It is a gift that allows sinful, ungodly people to declared righteous as they believe and repent by grace through this faith. It is upon this faith that our Lord will build and is still building His Church. This revelation also includes a promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. This is telling us that the darkness of evil, the gates of hell, cannot stand against the preaching of the gospel. God’s truth is light and the darkest evil cannot stand before it. Who is given the keys of the kingdom of heaven? This is Christ giving his authority to Peter and all other’s who have the same faith as him. Who is that? These are all genuine believers. They have Christ’s authority to declare what was bound or loosed in Heaven. This is speaking of dealing with sin within professing believers and must be understood within the context of Matthew 18:15-17.

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (Matthew 18:15-17 ESV)

This is speaking of Church discipline. I fear that it is not practiced much anymore, but since our Lord told us to do it, shouldn’t we do so?

21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matthew 16:21-23 ESV)

This passage is Jesus’ revelation of His death and Resurrection. Jesus revealed how He was going to be killed. He did not tell His Apostles why. What is so disturbing about Peter’s rebuke of our Lord about speaking of this? Do we ever do the same thing? Whenever we try to get Jesus to fit into our idea of who Jesus is instead of how He is revealed in scripture then we are doing the very same thing. How do we know this? Jesus told Peter that anyone who tries to manipulate Him is setting their minds on the things of man, rather than on the things of God. This is rampant in today’s Church. Most professing believers are totally immersed in this world, in the things of this world, not on being alert and ready for the Lord’s return.

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?” (Matthew 16:24-26 ESV)

How do we set our minds on the things of God instead of the things of man? This passage is one of my favorites and is at the core of how I approach my walk before my Lord. It is Jesus’ revelation of His reward to His overcomers. To be alert and ready for Jesus’ return then we must become those humble believers who have given up their lives as their own. Instead, they have died to self, denied themselves and have given up their rights to themselves. They are living for God’s glory and seek to obey their Lord in all things.

27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (Matthew 16:27-28 ESV)

Jesus is coming back. This passage is His prophecy of that fact. What will He do when He comes back? He will come in the glory of the His Father and will repay each person according to what he has done. Now my brethern, are you truly in Christ? Are you His? Are you walking your walk before the face of God by denying yourself, taking up your cross and following Christ? If not then you are not being alert and becoming prepared for His coming. All of us know of parts of our walks where we fall short of this mark, but that is not an excuse. We know of it because we are convicted of it. Why? So we can know what we must do to become prepared for His coming.

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14 thoughts on “Revelation of Jesus Christ

  1. Denying the veracity of the Word is the crack that results in a gaping theological hole. The Compromised Church doesn’t have the inclination or discipline to search Scripture to prevent heretical ideas and methods. Distortion of our role as servants to Christ our Lord instead of Him being a servant to our lordship is par. Thanks for an excellent teaching.

  2. Once again, a great blessing! I am so thankful that God has lead me to Possessing the Treasure…it has become a part of my daily walk with my Maker.

    It has been a great comfort to me, especially during these times that I
    feel alone in my pursuit of God and His truth. My heart is so heavy at times, and coming here to Possessing the Treasure gives my heart some peace and the nudge to keep pressing on!

    Thanks and may the Lord continue to guide you!
    Sherry

  3. And who can stand before Him when He comes again? Such power, such majesty, and such penetrating glory will encompase the entire Earth and all men will be as the chaff. Such a great post, Mike. We have very little understanding about the flaming fire that will accompany His entrance. I like the “Days of Elijah” song but in reality it misrepresents the sentiment of the second coming.

    I realize that it is dealing with the catching away but where are the songs that instill fear and warning to the inhabitants of the Earth who are without the covering of the Blood of the Lamb? A terrible day approaches and to us we are with our Lord when He comes but for all others awaits eternal doom. Where are the prophets proclaiming that unsophisticated and uncomfortable message? The church is more concerned with enhancing our sex lives than they are with warning and heralding the return of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

    You are so right, Mike, the church is in apostacy and enjoying every minute. Their only hope is a powerful, loving, but urgent call to repentance. Let us continue to sound the alarm as the enemy continues to rush on the city and run on the walls!

  4. Sherry,

    Yes, we must give all the glory to God. We are His servants. If you are being edified in what you find here it is because the Holy Spirit is working in an open heart. I pray that Lord will continue to shine His light of truth into your heart and that You will rejoice in your fasting from the world while feasting on Him.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  5. Rick,

    Amen. Time is short. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, always being alert and ready. That takes work and and it takes grace. To live is Christ, to die is gain. If we live by that won’t we immerse ourselves in Him? Won’t we start shedding all of those worldly things that drag us down and trip us up so that we fall out of the race? This is a battle to stay in the race. We must help one another and pray that God will give us the grace to do it.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  6. A much-needed and timely message for the “church” today. I thank God for your convictions to share this blog and for reminding me of that powerful passage in Matthew 16 and Mark 8. Why are so many “Christians” offended so much by the Jesus of the Bible, the real Christ, that they refuse to share who He really was, what He really said, and why He said it? I’ll never understand why any man who calls himself a fellow bond-servant and laborer in Christ can be ashamed of this beautiful Gospel! For it is the power of God unto salvation! Paul himself said that “I’m set apart for the Gospel…” and indeed we must be so. Nothing else matters but the Gospel and God’s Glory! So thank you for the blog and I pray that God continues to show you more from His truly precious Word!

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  7. Did you read my mind? I just wrote this on my blog this morning:

    “Now think how simple it would be to be accepted by the world- renounce Christ. You can either conform to Christ or conform to the world. However, many Christians seek a third option- seeking to conform Christ to the world’s desires. And I don’t say this in condemnation, but in understanding, it is easy to compromise to gain some security and respect from our friends and neighbors.

    But think about what you are compromising. What do you compromise when you give up Genesis? What do you compromise when read your own sinful desires into the bible as acceptable conduct? What do you compromise when you deny the virgin birth, the resurrection? At what point is it even worth calling yourself a Christian?”

    Check out the whole post for yourself, it is called “Righteous Hate?”

    -J. Kaiser

  8. Thank you for the meaning of that word “rock” in vs18…I’ll use it at work…lots of Catholics where I work. Also, because mankind has moved away from the teachings of God, they have made up a value system or culture contrary to God’s value system, and thus, there are ungodly cultures within every race of people. Because this world is filled with unbelievers who need Christ we are to go out and spread the Gospel and teach them a new value system which will change their culture and their nature in order to glorify God. Humanism always puts mankind on a higher level than God. People with a humanistic value system and not a Godly value system are always trying to “reach” unbelievers by changing God’s value system to look like the value system (culture) of those they are trying to reach. What they forget is that we are to do the planting and watering, but God does the growing…He is the one that saves not us. We don’t need to change His principles to make it more relevant to a particular culture. If doing something for a particular culture goes Biblical teachings, then you have not only broken God’s commands but you have also shown to the unbeliever that the Bible in which you claim to believe in is not worthy of your obedience and respect. Their conclusions would be then that your religion isn’t something good and true. This is why thorough and correct knowledge of the Bible with the Holy Spirit’s guidance is so important. We can’t just take things out of the Bible that we don’t like and put things in that we do like for then it wouldn’t be His word only man’s mere opinions

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