“Revelation is like breaking chains.” This is something the spirit of God spoke to me a while back. I’d like to share a few things about this, firstly about “revelation”.
I’ve probably said this before, but it’s important: “revelation” in scripture literally means “to uncover, to reveal, to make manifest.” I believe revelation is the only way Truth comes to mankind. Genuine Truth is spiritual, and can’t be “obtained” or “earned.” It’s a gift, bestowed. Jesus said Peter’s famous declaration of Christ as the messiah and God’s son was Truth, revealed to Him by God the Father.1 God uncovered something, and Peter saw it. Jesus himself lived this way.2
The “agent” or force empowering revelation is referred to as “light.” All through the New Testament, light is emphasized (click here). In the physical realm, light enables one to see the reality of his or her surroundings, making it possible to go where you want and avoid obstacles and dangers. It’s the same idea in the spiritual realm – light enables spiritual reality to be seen and related to correctly. The NT states this as well.3
As I’ve been writing about, I think one of THE biggest spiritual pitfalls is an attitude in which one claims the ability to see, but is without the revelation of light. This is the essence of pride, and is FAR more dangerous spiritually than what many tend to focus on, like watching bad movies or going to a casino or losing your temper. Anyone can read the Bible or listen to teachings and come up with ideas about God’s heart or will, but without spiritual light, every idea and doctrine of the most devout and brightest men is nothing but darkness.
Here’s an illustration of the state mainstream Christianity is in today: if you were to put ten people in a pitch dark room, they would soon form ten different ideas about what the room contains and looks like, but none would be accurate. If you flipped the lights on for a few seconds and then turned them back off, there would initially be a great increase in true perception and agreement about the room, but if enough time went by in darkness, different opinions would form once again and reality would fade.
From concern only I say that I see a lot of errors and problems within Christianity. I believe Christianity has been given glimpses of light in places, but has not continued to rely on light for its spiritual progress and beliefs. If it had, it would not be so divided. The few who do truly rely on and follow the light have been marginalized by or ostracized from mainstream Christianity (there are several reasons for this, not the least of which is these people expose its blindness and pride). Things that truly have been revealed and seen in the light are often made into a “golden calf” of sorts – people camp around them, dancing and worshiping day after day, instead of continuing to follow the light. Others wrongly assume that because they or someone else have seen something in the light, everything else is illuminated as well.
As a result of these presumptuous errors, division and blindness have prevailed in the visible church, leaving only the spiritually-blind human mind as a means of perception and relation to God. However, God is a living, spiritual being, and you absolutely cannot know Him by the mind – by reasoning about spiritual things, theology, or whatever else. God MUST be known in spirit, in the light, by revelation and communion.
I am working on a parable of sorts that I wrote illustrating these things, specifically focusing on revelation being like breaking chains. I may post it sometime. : ) Thanks for reading.
- Matthew 16:17: “And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [a]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
- John 5:19: “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
- Ephesians 5:13: “But all things become visible when they are [a]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”