What we are presenting at this stage is just the milk of the word. The Bible says that we should desire the sincere milk of the word of God that we may grow thereby but then at a point we must leave milk alone and move on.
In the natural, when you have a child you start him with milk, at a particular time, the mother will start introducing solid food to his diet because that child needs to grow and mature. It is the same in our Christian walk, so I pray that this will be your experience, I pray that you will not sit down like what we have in Hebrews chapter five about those who were taught but refused to grow.
They refused to become teachers and so still needed to be taught over and over again the milk of the word. So we are trusting that the Lord will bless us and that the Lord will be gracious unto us, the first thing that we want to look at again having highlighted these seven principles, is the principle of the doctrine of Christ. What does that mean? When you become born again, the first thing you must know is, who is your God, whom you worship? The Lord Jesus said in John 4: 24 “Ye worship what ye know not what, but salvation is of the Jews.’’
Jesus was saying to the Samaritan woman that the Samaritans worshiped whom they didn’t know. It is important that you know whom you worship. How do you worship what you do not know? That’s why the first thing that a Christian needs to know is to have a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. This revelation must be taught by those who know to those who are coming to faith in Christ Jesus in a way and manner that will give revelation to those who have been taught so that the seed of revelation to know Christ is sown in the heart of new believers; this seed of revelation will grow as they grow.
There are many today who are worshiping but they do not know whom they worship, they are many today who know the ‘Baby Jesus’. Their Jesus is still a Baby Jesus. There are many today who are worshiping the historical Jesus. For some others their Jesus is still hanging on a tree but the good news is this, Jesus came and died and rose again and went to heaven and is now seated on the right hand of the Father.
He is the King of glory, He is the Saviour, He is the Lord. Even beyond that, Jesus is not just the Lord, He is not just the Savior, He is not just a Prophet, He is not just a miracle worker; He is God. The Lord Himself asked the disciples, Who do men think I am? What do they think? Well, Peter responded, some say you are Jeremiah, you are a prophet, you are this and that. Then Jesus asked the disciples; You! Who do you say that I am? And then we know that Peter gave an answer and He 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. In verse 16 Peter had said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
To have a revelation of who Christ is, is to be blessed.
Human learning, human teaching, human doctrine does not give this kind of revelation. This is a revelation that the Father alone in heaven can give to you. It takes the decision of heaven to give us this revelation. We have a part to ensure that those who teach the word do so as to lay a foundation to release the seed of revelation.
I believe that while Peter was following the Lord Jesus Christ, the teachings of Christ had deposited the seed of revelation in Peter, so that when he was asked that seed of revelation in Peter came forth and he was able to say to the Lord, You are not a prophet, you are not a miracle worker, you are not just a rabbi, you are not just a master, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Christ means the anointed One.