Matthew 16:16-18 – Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 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. 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.”
revealed past participle, past tense of re·veal (Verb)
Cause or allow (something) to be seen.
In our scripture for today, Peter is able to say that Jesus Christ is Lord, and Jesus points out to him that he couldn’t say that unless it was revealed to him from God the father. Knowing God is not something we do on our own. The Father in heaven uses many means by which we come to know Him as God. `He reveals it to us through scripture, baptism and communion.
Make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others.
As Christians, we can’t make someone believe. That’s God’s work, but we can let them know about God. We can tell others about God with our words, but for many people our actions speak louder than words. Some ways we might show evidence of God in our lives:
- Caring for others (old and young)
- Responding differently than the world does to pain, stress and unkindness
- Remembering that everything we do is a witness (sometimes for God, sometimes against Him)
- Loving those who are not easy to love
- Putting God above everything else in our lives
Blessed are you! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven
We are blessed to know that Jesus is the Son of God. Knowing that He is our Savior and that we will be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven because of His sacrifice. Living in that freedom isn’t always easy as a human, but when we do, it can get the attention of the unbeliever. God is at work in our world. Let Him use you to reveal Himself to others. You will be blessed!
Are you revealing?