Paul received information by means of God’s revelation. It was so significant that he was willing to experience multiple hardships, including imprisonment.
What was this knowledge and why was it so important to convey it to others at the risk of his life?
Ephesians 3.1-6 – This is the reason that I, Paul, am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you gentiles, for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you
And how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.
In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
That is, the gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
In today’s YouTube video Rudy Ross makes an important point that God’s desire to include all the families of the earth in his saving history was included in the writings of the prophets.
Nevertheless, it took the revelation of the Spirit to bring this truth to light.
At one time Paul was a fierce persecutor of the church, but the revelation of the risen Lord on the Damascus road changed his mind.
In spite of tremendous affliction, The revelation of God’s truth to Paul motivated him to serve Jesus and his church.
— 2 Corinthians 11.23-27 – . . . With far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death. Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea;
On frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers and sisters;
In toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hungry and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked.
The message that Jesus revealed to Paul motivated him to be willing to suffer again and again. With this in mind, we need to pay close attention to his message.
We also need to form a good understanding of how revelation knowledge works.
The Importance of Revelation Knowledge
Paul’s actions were motivated by the Spirit’s direction, not his private opinions or thoughts.
In his book, “Experiencing God,” Henry Blackaby explains the importance of how God reveals his agenda to people.
Below is an outline of his book.
(1) God is at work in the world.
The truth that “God so loved the world” motivates Rudy Ross and countless others to action. It is God’s love and activity in the world that is the foundation of all ministry.
(2) He forms relationships with people.
The relationship that God provides humans is real and personal. Within this relationship, God will communicate his plans to us.
(3) God invites us to join his activity in the world.
This is where revelation knowledge comes into the picture. God gives us a “God-sized” vision that only he can make happen.
The Exodus of millions of Jewish slaves from Egypt is an example of this. So is the incorporation of Gentiles into the family of God an act of our loving God.
(4) God’s invitation to join his work produces a crisis of belief.
At this point, we will either follow God’s revealed plan or reject it out of fear.
Jewish followers of Jesus had to overcome longstanding beliefs to accept God’s plan. Gentiles had to trust God more than their pagan idols.
When Henry Blackaby was a young pastor in Canada, a collection of small churches undertook a ministry to the Winter Olympics that could only be accomplished by God’s mighty power.
(5) In faith, we adjust our behavior to align with what God has shown us.
The Canadian churches trusted God and followed his leadership with regard to the Olympics.
(6 and 7) As we obey the revelation knowledge that God has provided us, we see him at work and experience him in a new way.
God used the Canadian churches to serve the Winter Olympics far beyond what they could have imagined as possible. The result was that they experienced God and saw him at work.
I believe that everyone who lives in a personal relationship with God will receive knowledge that comes from the Holy Spirit. If we trust God and adjust our behavior to align with his purposes, we will experience him in ways we could never imagine.
YouTube Video and Prayer
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