The day before Peg gave us our topic, I was in Dollar Tree shopping for a few items, when I came noticed a small cross knick-knack. Well this particular one caught my eye because it had a scripture reference on it that wasn’t typical. It wasn’t about love or faith or grace-it was about “things revealed”. It was only a dollar so I brought it, not knowing that the Spirit was at work. I was simply shopping at the Dollar Tree. Now, I have this cute lil cross with the words of Mark 4:22 sitting on my desk. Needless to say, after I read the email from Peg, I knew that this wasn’t just about my quest for dollar deals. It was the Spirit bringing something to my attention for a purpose and Peg had confirmed it! So since then I have been meditating on this portion of scripture and the word “revelation”.
The scripture reads:
Mark 4:22 “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.”
And Matthew writes it this way:
Matt 10:26,27 “Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark speak in the light and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.”
From these scriptures we understand that hidden things are to be revealed. By definition, a revelation is an unveiling of something. So hidden things, things behind veils are to be disclosed, they are not to stay hidden. Secret things are to be made known. So in the Kingdom of God one principle at work is revelation- an unveiling. There is revelation, not revelations, because unveiled events in the Kingdom are connected to the supreme purpose and manifold wisdom of God. So it is the Father’s revelation being unveiled first through His Torah and now through the Living Word, Christ Jesus.
In Hebrews 1:1-2 the Word says, “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets has in these days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came and preached the Kingdom. He taught about what the Kingdom was like. He demonstrated the power of the Kingdom. Many times He said the Kingdom of God is at hand. He revealed to the disciples everything he was instructed to by the Spirit. In the Message Bible, Mark 4: 22-23 reads this way:
“We’re not keeping secrets, we’re telling them; we’re not hiding things, we’re bringing them out into the open. Are you listening to this? Really listening?
While He was here, Jesus commissioned his disciples to Kingdom service. He sent them out, twelve and then seventy, to preach and manifest the gospel of the Kingdom of God through healing the sick and casting out devils. This mandate continues.
The Kingdom of God is a revelation being unveiled on a daily basis through Christ’s disciples. It continues to be preached and manifested through us as believers. It is the manifold wisdom and mysteries of God that are being unveiled in the process. Believers used to be more focused on escaping the corruption of the world, but now more of us are calling heaven to earth. Jesus decreed in his prayer lesson that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This is an example of revelation-an unveiling, a disclosure of what has been hidden. It is like the curtain being pulled back so that the main event can be seen.
In the book of Revelation, there is a another clue in verse one.
Rev. 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ which GOD gave Him to show His servants.”
The “unveiling or disclosure” was given to Jesus so that it could be revealed to His servants. At that time, Jesus was sharing the revelation with John. It is the revelation that God unveiled to Jesus. The Son of God came to the earth and preached that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He started the unveiling and his disciples continue it. The Kingdom is manifested in the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ. So the unveiling continues because nothing is hidden except to be revealed. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit aren’t keeping any secrets. We can all get in on it. We can all do our part of unveiling the Kingdom.
So every act of obedience and every act of faith is part of the unveiling-the revelation of the Father’s Kingdom manifested in the earth. Heaven touches earth through Christ’s Spirit-filled Body. So the mission is the unveiling of the eternal Kingdom whose maker is God. Our goal is not mere existence until we die or get raptured. We are here to preach the Kingdom, to reveal its existence and to share in the revelation. The wisdom of God is beyond our finite understanding and we only see through a glass dimly. However, we have the Spirit of Truth at work in and with us. In first Corinthians chapter 2 we learn something about this wisdom.
I Corinthians 2:10
“But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God.”
I Corinthians 2:10-13 in the Message Bible:
“The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God-except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but He lets us in on it. God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses and opinions. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school; we learned it from God, who taught us person to person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.”
We are part of the greatest story ever told. We are citizens of an unshakeable eternal Kingdom that is being unveiled to us and through us. This is all part of our Father’s master plan. Beloved, be encouraged because the revelation, the unveiling continues and we each have a starring role!