Matt. 16 records an incident that has long held a mystery. Many years ago the Holy Spirit revealed the “hidden manna” of that passage to me, and it revolutionized my understanding into the workings of God to become the foundation stone upon which all my most significant understanding has been built upon ever since. Perhaps the Lord will free me to share this word with His church. 

The scripture is found in Matt. 16:13-20, where Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ: 

Matt 16:13-20: 13] When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15] He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 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. 19] 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. 20] Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. 

This section starts out with Jesus asking the disciples who PEOPLE say He is. In this way He clearly establishes that what is to follow is not founded upon anything the disciples have gleaned or reasoned out from the natural, or by hearsay. Then, He asks them who THEY SAY (notice, it’s not just who they BELIEVE) He is. Peter responds: “You are the Christ…” 

Jesus then tells Peter that he is blessed. Why? Because he received knowledge of Christ by revelation from the Father. This is the first time since Adam that anyone other than a prophet ever received direct revelation from God the Father! Until now, all the ordinary person had was the Law and the Prophets to point them toward God. Now, by the word of Christ, man has moved to another, higher level of understanding direct relationship with God. Hallelujah! 

The one who professed this revelation knowledge (in this case, Peter) was a stone, or small rock (petros). The larger rock from which this proceeded (namely revelation knowledge from the Father) is what Christ will build His church upon. Now some will argue that this rock is the profession that Jesus is Christ, and they are right to a point, since all revelation knowledge must begin with the revelation of Jesus as Christ. But this is just the starting point from which the true church is launched, and not our final destination. If we stop here as much of the church has–then we will fail to grasp the awesome purposes of God through Jesus Christ toward those who believe, and fail to carry out His purposes and commission. Sound familiar? 

This opens up another interesting point. Since Jesus Christ is the Word, then when we speak revelation knowledge (the rhema word), we actually become of the same nature/type as He! Hence the play on word: petros/petra: large rock/small rock of same nature. 

Immediately following this declaration, the Lord says that He will give us the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” so that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, this points to the revelation knowledge that will give us the understanding of just what TO bind and what TO loose, according to the Father’s will: 

I Jn 5:14-15: 14] And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: {in: or, concerning} 15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

BECAUSE we will be “binding and loosing” according to revelation knowledge of the Father’s will and/or purpose, the “gates of hades” will not be able to prevail against the church – it will be standing on the up-to-the-minute revelation knowledge (“key” word) of God. There are many levels of understanding to this: the word being Christ, the church will in truth be “standing upon” Christ not just in empty profession of natural understanding, but in power and in truth! 

Then, to seal this lesson, Jesus Christ directs His disciples not to tell anyone that He is the Christ (actually we see Him repeat this many times in the gospels…”see that you tell no one…”) Why? Simple: because it is necessary for each person to receive the knowledge of Jesus Christ by means of revelation from the Father, or it will be fruitless head knowledge. To give an un-anointed “testimony” about who Jesus is to another person is worth than useless it is often counterproductive to the purposes of God! It causes them to understand who He is by means of the natural mind, which is always contrary to the supernatural. This has been the primary stumbling block to the prosperity of the church through the ages. It has tried to build upon mere natural understanding, and dismally failed to attain to the true knowledge, power and authority of Jesus Christ upon the earth. 

Another passage that adds an interesting dimension to this is found in Matthew 7:24-25 24] “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25] The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (NIV) 

How do we build a solid house? By planning our actions according to revelation knowledge (the rock…) 

What is it that “living waters” proceeded from in the desert? 

Exod 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 

Indeed, the supernatural can seem like a “rock” to the natural man: hard and seemingly impenetrable. But if we use the rod of the Spirit to strike it, it shall send free flowing waters through our lives, and unto a world that is dying of thirst. Or, as the Father directs through His Holy Spirit, we may rather be instructed to “speak to the rock,” as Moses was on another occasion. The Father will always teach us how to approach Him for revelation at any given time it is to our advantage to listen, and never to assume that simply because something was done in a certain way at one time, the Lord would have us operate in the same manner again. To do the right thing, but in the wrong spirit, may accomplish our immediate goalsbut preclude us from inheriting all that God has promised. 

May you become more and more securely founded upon the Rock, as the wind of God’s Spirit blows harder and harder across the earth. 














ROCK OF DIVINE REVELATION, THE [Brenda Imus[          1


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