22. JESUS CHRIST, THE LIGHT OF REVELATION.
To those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour He is the light that brings revelation, but those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, even the light that they already have, will be taken from them.
When Simeon saw the baby Jesus, he prophesied.
Luke2:29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
John 1:8 He (That is John the Baptist) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light; He (Jesus Christ, the true Light) enlightens every man coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world (that is the people of the world) did not know Him. 11 He came to His own (the Jews), and His own received Him not. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believed in His name.13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but were born of God. (Words in italics added.)
Jesus Christ is the true light. When we receive Him and believe in Him, the Spirit of Christ comes into us and we are born again into the kingdom of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
In speaking to His disciples Jesus said,
Matthew13:16 Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
In the Gospel of Luke Jesus, after His resurrection, meets with two of His disciples,
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded (explained) to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke24:44 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” (There is much written in the Old Testament concerning Jesus Christ) 45 And Jesus opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. (Words in italics added)
Before Jesus Christ left His disciples He said to them
John 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you can not bear them how. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, as come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come,
Paul writes to Timothy.
II Timothy3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
When Paul writes to Timothy telling him, that from your childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. We know that Paul was not talking of the New Testament Scriptures, because these had not yet been written when Timothy was a child. Therefore Paul is saying the Old Testament writings are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. But without the light of Jesus Christ to bring revelation understanding of the Scriptures, most of the Jews (2,000 years ago) lacked the understanding of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. This is why it was necessary Jesus to open the understanding of His disciples, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
Ephesians2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
For approximately 1,200 years, throughout the dark ages most people in the Church were blind to the truth, because they did not have the Scriptures available to them in their own language, and they believed in many false doctrines. For these reason very few were ever born again, and therefore they never received the infilling of the Holy Spirit who brings us understanding of the Scriptures.
Before the end of the church age of Thyatira two things happened that changed all this.
1. The invention of the printing press meant that affordable Bibles were now available to most Europeans in their own language. People now had the light of the Scriptures.
2. The truth that salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus, spread very quickly like a wild fire throughout Europe, and people in their droves were now being born again into the kingdom of heaven and receiving Jesus Christ, the Light of revelation into their hearts.
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