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I WENT UP BY REVELATION

FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER 2021


Every revelation from God is a profound awe-inspiring transformative knowledge. It delivers uplifting words and imparts message that can trigger change and greatly benefit the world around you, both on individual and general levels. A revelation from God is not a body of knowledge, but a spiritual truth, instruction, guidance, intelligence, counsel or specific knowledge made known to you, which come with an understanding essential for a positive change. So I can confidently assure you that divine revelation is a spiritual wealth.

Reference: Galatians 2:2 King James Version (KJV) "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain."


When Paul says, "I went up by revelation", it means that he acted on the revelation he received in his spirit. It doesn't mean that the revelation elevated him to the next level or moved him to the top. The simple rendering is, "I went in response to a revelation." He went to Jerusalem with Barnabas and Titus because God revealed to him that he should go there.


In the previous chapter (Galatians 1:11-12), Paul noted that three years after his calling, he visited apostle Peter in Jerusalem and spent fifteen days with him. During the visit, he met James, the Lord's brother, before he left Jerusalem. Then after a period of fourteen years, the Lord, by divine revelation, informed him to go up again to Jerusalem. Whenever we respond to divine revelation from God, we sign up for transformative experiences. Such experiences happen in the context of our interaction and engagement with the purpose of the message the revelation instructs or conveys. Our commitment to responding to divine revelation is a sign that we trust and believe God.


Deuteronomy 29:29 reads, "The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions" (NLT). This means that divine revelation is a great privilege that comes with a great responsibility. It requires our response; so we must act according to the knowledge it conveys. Always bear this in mind: It is a response to God's unfailing character. Therefore, for every born again Christian, revelation should be a great delight, which must never be taken for granted.


Revelation exposes you to hidden reality. Considering the Greek translation, which is the word "apokalypsis", it means the removal of a veil so that something can be clearly seen. So it's an unveiling that exposes you to covered reality, which can serve as divine light. When we form the habit of responding promptly to the revelation we receive from God, it means that we know the value of the light that we've been given and this also means we can see and receive more light. Psalm 36:9 says, "For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light" (NIV). If you are in Christ, you are positioned in the true light, but "to see light" denotes diverse revelation. As you respond faithfully to the light that you've been given in Christ Jesus, you will receive more light.


Paul said, "I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand..." (Ephesians 1:18 NLT). Here, he was referring to the eyes of our heart being invaded with a kind of light, which is the Greek word, "Photizo". It means, "to enlighten, light up, illumine." If your spiritual eyes are flooded with light, you can see clearly and relate to the truth the revelation from God proclaims. But, if your inner eyes are indistinct or blurred, the light of revelation does no good because no amount of revelation can help a blurred inner eyes. Now who was Paul praying for? Christians in Ephesus, not unbelievers, meaning that as Christians, our eyes of understanding need light, so we can know better, in relation to divine revelation.


Don't ever ignore the need for divine revelation from time to time. Unbelievers can do that because their human mind is completely blinded to the light of God's revelation in Christ and more so, the glorious Gospel, but not you. Moreover, when you respond to divine revelation, you are not the only person that gets blessed, but also many others in your world, including unbelievers whom the Spirit of God prepares their hearts to receive, as they get inspired by it. This is exactly what Paul did: "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain" (Galatians 2:2 KJV). Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Daniel 2:22; Proverbs 29:18; Ephesians 1:17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 2:9-12.


Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for your manifold revelation which comes with an understanding that dispels every form of ignorance. Your revelations make me wise and they are richly communicated to my spirit through the medium of the Holy Spirit. You are the God of truth and every knowledge from your mouth is inspired by the Spirit for my edification and healthful features of my Christian life. Thus I possess all I need in your revealed truth and live them out by faith and constant practice, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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