Revelation - A disclosure of a truth. Theologically- God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures I've been pondering this phrase for the last two days, "Revelation Requires Response"
In Acts 9 we see the story of Paul's Damascus road conversion. He's dramatically knocked off a horse and encounters the Creator of the universe. Most of us remember the story. Jesus asks Paul why he's persecuting Him. Paul asks Jesus who He is. Then Jesus responds, I am Jesus who you are persecuting, go into the city... In that instant, Paul had a revelation. He now not only knew that Jesus was Lord, but He also had instruction. His new revelation required response. Obedience or disobedience. Does he obey this voice, this Jesus whom He'd been persecuting, or does he continue on in his own ways.
In John 6 Jesus is instructing His followers on how they must eat of His body and drink of His blood. In reality this isn't the most reassuring and comforting revelation coming forth from His mouth, but this was a disclosure of Truth. This was revelation. He was speaking of eternal life with Him. At the disclosure of Truth many fled and Jesus asked His twelve disciples, "Will you leave to?". When revelation came forth, a response was required. Either they believed Jesus' Words and continued to follow Him or they didn't believe and fled. I love Peter's response to Jesus' question here, "Lord where will we go, You have the words of eternal life!"
The day you received Christ you were given a revelation of who He is. He is the Savior of the world, the Son of God. When we received that revelation a response was required. I remember making the decision to surrender my life to Him. Little did I know that there would be more revelation to come and more response required. Sometimes the correct response is easy and sometimes it's not so easy.
As we continue on in this life and sanctification process with Holy Spirit, He continues to reveal to us more of who He is, more depth in the Word, more of who we are, more of His plan, more of His desires, more that we need to do, more we need to change. With every revelation we are required to respond. We either believe or don't believe, we either grow closer or flee, we either obey or we disobey.
What kind of follower are you? When the revelation isn't so easy to swallow, when it costs something, when it seems irrational, when it stretches your faith, when His Words seem CRAZY!! Are we the ones who turn and flee or the ones who say, "I may not understand, it may be hard, it may cost something, but Jesus, where else would I go? You have the Words of life"
Be Blessed, J. Tate