God wants men and women of faith to walk under the Light of His Revelation; it is the message that both the New and Old Testaments present as the Will of God for those who know Him, and follow Him.
In his first epistle to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul makes a reference to the book of the prophet Isaiah, and quotes, But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (the text belongs to 1 Corinthians 2:9, quoting Isaiah 64:4)
In the book of the prophet Isaiah, also, we find God’s exhortation to His people to walk under His light: O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord. (the text belongs to Isaiah 2:5)
In the book of the prophet Jeremiah, the prophet conveys the words of God Himself, and says: Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (the text belongs to Isaiah 45:11)
The apostle Paul denounces in his epistle to the Romans that many men and women of faith have fallen into confusion precisely because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, the apostle writes: And because they did not seem to have God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do that which is not expedient, (the text is from Romans 1:28)
God wants men and women of faith to walk under the Light of His Revelation; it is the message of God’s Will presented in the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.
But, why does God want us to walk under the Light of His Revelation?
In the account of Matthew 16:16-17; let us observe that as soon as the apostle Peter answered: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (in verse 16), it was immediately established by Jesus that Peter’s ‘declaration’ of faith had been the product of the Revelation that God had deposited in his spirit, let us note it in verse 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.
These texts show us that the purpose in God for us to live under the Light of His Revelation is for the Kingdom of God to be established in the regions in which we live. Let us look at it in more detail; verse. 16, the apostle confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; verse. 17, Jesus certifies that Peter is under the Light of the Father’s Revelation: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. Verse. 18 and 19, Jesus establishes the purpose of living under the Light of God’s Revelation: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Now, what is to establish the Kingdom of God? in light of the text we have just read, we might think that to ‘establish’ the Kingdom is to ‘bind and loose’, or even to rebuke and turn back the gates of hell. is that to establish the Kingdom of God?
Let us read Ephesians 2:1-3, and we will discover what it means to ‘establish’ the Kingdom on earth.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.Ephesians 2:1-3
Let us understand verse one: And you hath he quickened, How do I know that I have life? How it shown He quickened us?
To answer this question let us turn to the account of the resurrection of Lazarus, we read in verse 44: And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. The question we want to answer is, How do I know that I have life? Let us place ourselves in the case of Lazarus, how do I know that Lazarus has life? Immediately we could answer, because he is moving, but that is not the answer; the answer is: Because he is no longer in the tomb, wasn’t that the answer that the men in shining garments gave to Mary when she and others went to the tomb: Why seek ye the living among the dead? (the text belongs to Luke 24:5)
How do I know that I have life? I know that I have life because I am not in the grave, it is as simple as that; I know that I have life, and now let us return to Ephesians 2, to answer according to the words of the text;
- I know that I have life because (1) I no longer follow the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,
- I know that I have life because (2) I no longer live in the lusts of our flesh;
- I know that I have life because (3) I no longer fulfill the will of the flesh;
- I know that I have life because (4)I no longer fulfill the desires of the mind;
- I know that I have life because (5) I am no longer a child of wrath.
These answers are leading us to understand what it is to ‘establish’ the Kingdom of God on earth. Let us note again:
(1) I no longer follow the course of this world, I broke with the current of this world;
(2) I no longer live in the lusts of our flesh; I broke with the lusts of the flesh;
(3) I no longer fulfill the will of the flesh; I broke with the will of the flesh;
(4) I no longer fulfill the desires of the mind; I broke with the desire of the mind;
(5) I am no longer a child of wrath, I broke with the Adamic heritage of being under God’s wrath;
All of these answers, without exception, are speaking of ‘breaking’ with the cycles of life that this world has imposed upon those who do not walk in the Light of Revelation.
To walk under the Light of Revelation is to live under the life cycle of the Kingdom, not under the life cycle of the world. If I have broken my nexus with the world, because I have to follow the same agenda that the world imposes, many men of faith continue to celebrate February 14, like the world; they celebrate May 3, like the world; they celebrate ‘holy week, like the world; they celebrate Christmas, like the world; many have not broken their nexus with the world.
Living in the Light of God’s Revelation leads us to ‘restore’ time as He established it at the departure of the children of Israel from Egypt. Precisely one of the two conditions that will initiate the return of Jesus to earth is the restoration of all things. The apostle Peter established this condition on the very day of the birth of the Lord’s church. We read in Acts 3:21:
whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.Acts 3:21
To establish the Kingdom of God is to ‘restore’ all things. We are called to restore all things, we read in Isaiah 58:12:
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.Isaiah 58:12
The prophet Jeremiah also denounces it in his prophecies, in chapter 6, verse 16, he says:
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.Jeremiah 6:16
But they said, We will not walk therein.
Then, in chapter 18, verse 15, he repeats it again:
Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;Jeremiah 18:15
What is it to establish the Kingdom on earth? It is to restore the ancient path that the Lord established for us to walk on; many men and women of faith have preferred to live according to the agenda of life that the world imposes, and have made an alliance with death, and have forgotten the statutes and cycles of life that He has established in His Wisdom.
God wants us men and women of faith to walk under the Light of His Revelation, so that we may learn to establish His work on earth, and above all, so that we may restore the statutes and cycles of life that the Lord established for us to live in rest all our days on the face of the earth. May the Lord open our sense so that we may understand the Scriptures and walk under the Light of Revelation. Peace.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Authorized King James Version, 1909 (AKJV).
pastor Pedro Montoya