As Christians, we have access to the guaranteed solution to every situation we face – one that guarantees more-than-a-conqueror results every time. It’s called revelation knowledge, and it’s more than just a benefit of being a believer – it is the key to living a life of victory every day.
The Greek word that’s translated knowledge in Scripture means more than just a mental understanding of something, more than the kind of knowledge that can be gained through your senses. It means exact knowledge. Knowledge revealed directly to your heart by the Spirit of God—that’s revelation knowledge.
A lack of revelation knowledge is the greatest cause of faith failures.
Most Christians believe the Word of God with their minds, but they haven’t meditated on it enough for it to “light up” in their hearts. If they had, that Word would absolutely revolutionize their lives. Nothing would be able to shake them loose from it.
In the kingdom of God, there is a knowing that comes from the inside out, rather than the outside in. It comes directly from God to our spirit. Here, we’re offering a more in-depth answer to the question, what is revelation knowledge?
1. The Rock on Which the Church Is Built
“On this rock I will build my church.” –Matthew 16:18 (NIV)
In this verse, Jesus was speaking to Peter, whose name means “rock” or “stone.” But we know that Jesus did not build His Church upon one man. So what is the rock to which He was referring?
He was referring to the rock of revelation knowledge.
Just before this statement, Jesus had asked the disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered Him by declaring, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (verse 16, NKJV).
“Blessed are you, Simon…” Jesus responded, “because flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven” (verse 17, NASB).
In other words, Jesus was saying, “Peter, you didn’t learn this information through your physical senses. You received it another way. You received it directly from God.”
That is how we, as the Church, are to operate in our everyday lives—through a knowledge that comes only from God. Anything we can learn in the natural is incomparable to it, and when it comes, it changes things. It makes you see old things in an entirely new light. It gives you such unshakable confidence that, as Jesus said to Peter, “The gates of hell cannot prevail against you” (see verse 18).
But revelations like that aren’t cheap to come by. You have to meditate on the Word and search the Spirit of God for them because they are “hidden” in Him. The Bible says God has hidden His wisdom for the saints (1 Corinthians 2:7-9). Notice, He’s hidden it for you, not from you. He wants you to have it.
Don’t think, however, that God is just going to drop great revelations into your lap while you’re watching television. You have to seek Him.
If you’re hungry for revelation knowledge, get yourself in a position to receive it by meditating the Word, praying and fellowshipping with the Lord. Begin to receive those revelations from Him. It’s the most exciting kind of learning there is!
2. The Truth That Sets You Free
“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32
Revelation knowledge is not a list of facts or trivia. It has deep power—the power to set you free and elevate you to victories you never imagined possible.
There are a lot of “facts” floating around, which are, more often than not, a set of good guesses or opinions that change with the wind. Prideful people think they know much, but humble people hungry for revelation realize they need the Creator and Savior to access truth.
Revelation knowledge is the only way to win the battle for truth. Satan is ever-present, spewing lies day and night in hopes that someone will latch onto them and give him total access to their lives. Jesus said he is a liar and the father of it. That’s why we need revelation knowledge, which is revealed truth.
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. The truth that you’re healed will always make you free from sickness and disease.
Watch as Kenneth Copeland teaches you How to Receive Revelation Knowledge
3. Spirit, Soul and Body in the Right Order
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all.” –John 6:63 (ESV)
You are a spirit, with a soul, who lives in a physical body. The body—the flesh—is the most demanding of them all. But revelation knowledge comes from putting spirit, soul and body in that order (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
When you were born again, it was not your physical body that was transformed, but your spirit. That is who you are. Your physical body is just what houses your spirit. God is a spirit being, and we were made in His image. You live in your body, but no one can see the real you—your spirit. That’s why they call the body, “the remains” because that’s all that remains on the earth of you when you die. The born-again spirit goes to heaven.
The Bible says the outward man—the flesh—is decaying every day, but the spirit is renewing every day (2 Corinthians 4:16). The body is dying a little each day, but by believing what Romans 8:11 says, you can arrest that death process.
It’s essential to put our spirit man ahead of all else to receive revelation knowledge. Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God separates the soul from the spirit. God is a spirit, and that’s why we must worship God in spirit, not merely in soul or body (John 4:24).
That’s why when you pray in the spirit, knowledge comes to you that you did not know in your mind—revelation knowledge. Praying in the spirit is one way to put spirit, soul and body in the proper order. You’re setting aside your own natural thoughts and seeking after the voice of the Holy Spirit.
4. The Key to Your Victory
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”— Joshua 1:8, ESV
How did David – a shepherd boy – become so strong in spirit that God chose him to be king of Israel?
The answer is simple – revelation knowledge.
That’s what turned David into such a spiritual powerhouse – revelation that came to him through hours of thinking about the things of God. You can almost imagine the day he wrote Psalm 23, that he was just sitting and singing praises to God and meditating on His goodness. He was just fellowshipping with Him when suddenly the Anointing of the Lord came upon him, and he said, “The Lord is my Shepherd!”
Suddenly, he thought about the sheep he watched over as a boy; I faced death for those sheep. I led them where pastures were green and waters were cool, clean, deep and peaceful.
He kept on meditating on that until it started to thrill him. When the lion and the bear came, didn’t God prepare a table before me in the presence of those enemies? He gave me victory. My God! My God will fight for me. The Lord is my Shepherd! I shall not want!
That revelation welled up in David so strong that the devil couldn’t beat it out of him. So when Goliath tried to make a fool out of Israel, David went after him. Goliath was able to scare off everyone else, but he couldn’t shake David because he had a revelation inside him that said, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for my God is with me.
That revelation enabled David to say, “I come against you in the name of the Lord of Hosts,” and to send a rock sailing into that giant’s brain.
That’s what revelation knowledge will do for you, too. It’s the key to your victory. Whenever the devil comes to attack, if you hit him with the rock of revelation knowledge, you’ll knock him flat every time.
Determine right now that you’re going to meditate the Word until you begin receiving revelation knowledge. Keep that Word before you until you receive a revelation of Jesus as your Healer or your Deliverer or your Financier – whatever you need Him to be. Don’t settle for a shallow mental understanding of Him. Get a deep revelation, and His grace will be multiplied to you!
Revelation of Redemption
Ransom has been paid. A Great Exchange made. Every legal requirement has been met to restore your access to an inheritance far beyond what you have ever imagined. So how do you begin enjoying the benefits of your new position?
This six-part teaching unlocks Bible truths about what salvation really provides—not only in heaven, but day by day here on earth. Expand your understanding of God’s love and provision as you learn:
- How to identify with Jesus’ substitution in your behalf
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