How could Peter say that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation? Is it not the wisdom of men, who wrote in their own words what they sought to understand of the things of GOD? Are they not coming to their understanding by accepting what many have voted on by the majority to be the truth, rather than accepting The Revelation The Father has revealed to us as The Truth? Are we receiving and accepting The Truth of GOD from GOD?
In testifying of the private interpretations heard from the men on the coast of Caesarea Philippi, Matthew said, "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? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets" (Matthew 16:13-15).
A similar question could be directed to the church today, saying, "Who do men say is The Holy Spirit? Many in the church would answer and say, "Some are saying that The Holy Spirit is The Power of GOD, that makes men speak in tongues": "It is The Power that comes from GOD, Who point men to Christ"; or "He is the third member of The GODHEAD, Who was with The Father and The Son from the beginning." Although we hear the answers of what many are saying about The Holy Spirit, we, like Peter among the fellowship of believers, should be listening to The Voice, Who speaks to our hearts to reveal the deep things of GOD to men.
Like the disciples, who were repeating the words of men, who were in darkness to The Light of Truth, many within the church today are repeating and giving as Truth the answers presented by private interpretations of what men believe The Scriptures teach. As Peter was blessed of GOD to receive The Testimony that came from above rather than from the thoughts of men, likewise many today are to be blessed of GOD to receive The Light on The Holy Spirit, Who comes from above rather than from the wisdom of the world. The question that each person must answer in receiving The Blessing from above is this, Are we receiving and believing The Light of Truth, as The Blessing that proceeds from GOD, or are we trying to be blessed of GOD by the enticing words of manís wisdom?
After Jesus received the answers of men from His disciples, "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 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" (Matthew 16:15,17).
Peter demonstrated that he was able to receive The Light That dawned upon his heart that he might testify, not of the enticing words of manís wisdom, but of The Sure Word of prophecy revealed through him as The Truth to all men. All the answers that were given by men on the coast of Caesarea Philippi, were all given by the private interpretation of men. There were no evidence given to support their private interpretations. Jesus made it clear to Peter that flesh and blood had not revealed The Truth unto him. To confirm The Revelation of What he had received over the wisdom of men, Jesus revealed to them that Peter was blessed of GOD to receive from The Father The Light of Truth, or The Sure Word of Prophecy, Who had dawn upon his heart. In The Same Way that The Father revealed The Truth about HIS Son to Peter, The Same Way HE reveals The Truth to His church on The Holy Spirit.
For The Word of GOD said unto Peter, "...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. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:18). The True Church of GOD is built upon receiving The Truth, Who is The Key to all the keys of The Kingdom of Heaven, that He might open to our minds The Things revealed by The Father as The Light That dawns upon our hearts, Which is The Sure Word of Prophecy. As Peter received The Key, Who opened to him The Things of The Kingdom of Heaven, likewise, The True church of GOD will be built on The Sure Foundation, Which comes down from above.
Until we choose to live by every Word that proceeds from The Mouth of GOD, many, who call on The Name of The Lord to open to their minds The Spiritual Things of GOD, will find The Door to the Kingdom sealed and locked, because they chose to rely on the enticing words of man's wisdom rather than to receive The Key given by GOD, WHO opens to our minds The Things of GOD revealed in HIS Word, Whom we are to hear. May it be the desire of our hearts to confirm those things that we read and hear by The Word of GOD, rather than the private interpretations of men, that we might be born by GOD into His Spiritual Kingdom, standing on The Rock of The Sure Foundation upon Whom we are built, to prevail against the gates of hell and physically enter His Kingdom when He shall come again. Amen.
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