16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 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. Matthew 16:16-18 (KJV)
The above scripture gives us such amazing insight into the working of the Holy Spirit. There are some things that are only revealed to us by this power. 12 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12(NKJV) As flesh, our natural tendency is to trust in the tangible; the touch taste, see and feel. But everything is not always what it seems. That is why it is so important to hear from heaven in all things. Whether it is the words you speak, the people you meet, the witness you give. As we walk day by day, we have to know that all things are not what they seem when we view them in the natural. The only hope for a clearer understanding is in the faith of believing” in the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen”. It is that faith that brings us to a deeper knowledge of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. There are things that cannot be understood and known without the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The whys of this world remain mysteries until such a time as God allows the revelation. Why am I going through this? Why is life so difficult? Why do the wicked seem to proper? 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. Matthew 13:11 (NKJV)
That is what was so important in Peter’s answer to Christ. Peter knew what he had seen; he knew what he had heard, he even walked on the water with Christ. But to KNOW what he KNEW at that instant, was revealed with a clarity that could not be ignored. Simon, Peter, Cephas, the one called the “Rock”, the one with the quick temper, the strong willed, impetuous Peter; in that instant, in that knowing, became one with Christ by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
It is this that Jesus prayed for his disciples and those of us that are in the world. He prayed that we might be sanctified through his truth. He did not pray only for his disciples but for us “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23NKJV
As we become one with him we shall no longer “see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face”.
Prayer: Sanctify us through your word. Reveal to us the mysteries of your word. Give us a word of knowledge as you reveal yourself to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may glorify you in all things.