How do we know if we have revelation? There are four signs or evidences of genuine revelation. Genuine revelation is evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us; therefore, we also produce these fruits:
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
Jesus makes it clear in these words that when God speaks to us in the Bible, such revelation will generate life inside of us. The first characteristic of someone who has received revelation from the Lord is a vital expression of life.
The letter kills, but the word that comes out of Jesus’ mouth is accompanied by His breath and His breath is the Spirit. There is light when the Lord speaks because “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Whenever the Lord speaks, he imparts life and he fills us with this life. Everyone is searching for life and we should have life overflowing within us like a fountain, to satisfy others.
In the Bible, wine is a symbol of life. Wine represents life because its effects are similar. When someone is filled with wine, he or she will feel bold, audacious, and talkative; will smile more and will make for more pleasant company. Their face glows and their eyes shine. This is life manifesting itself. It is true that all of these things are temporary because wine is only an illusion and not a reality. Wine is a mere imitation of the reality of the supreme life of the Lord Jesus.
When we are filled with the Lord, we have all of these expressions of life, but now with deep spiritual reality. We feel more joyful, bold and able to speak full of energy. It is very strange to live with people who don’t express life in any way or form. Jesus is the living Word, so life will be manifested whenever the Word of God burns in our heart. God’s will is that we overflow with the manifestation of Jesus and His abundant life in us.
The authority in our words will be the life of God flowing through us. When our words are flowing with life, it will generate life in others. Life has the power to destroy death. We cannot explain life adequately, but we can perceive it wherever it is manifested.
Everyone seeks life. We should not accept lifeless gatherings, lifeless counseling or lifeless sermons. There must be a spiritual problem when life is not being manifested. The letter alone brings death, but the revealed Word generates life.
Growing in faith is the second characteristic of someone who has received revelation. It is as if a new light has shone over a Biblical text, which we already knew. When this happens, our heart is awakened to an exciting faith.
Paul says that, “Faith comes from hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). If no faith has been awakened, then there was no revelation. God’s Word generates faith and revelation is nothing more than God’s Living Word in our spirit. If knowledge does not generate a new measure of faith in us, then it is natural and purely intellectual knowledge.
When God’s revelation comes it warms our heart with new faith and disposition. To grow in faith is to grow in revelation. Revelation is like a light. Today we see it as a candle, tomorrow as a 50 Watt light bulb, then 100 watts, 1,000 watts, until finally it is like a stadium floodlight. We shouldn’t be content with the level of revelation and faith we already have achieved, we should always aim for new and higher levels.
Simon Peter answered, saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Based on Peter’s affirmation, Jesus said, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-19).
After the Lord grants us revelation, we will never be the same because the revelation will transform us. Peter made a great confession to Jesus. Jesus answered by saying the Father gave the revelation to Peter. Because of this revelation, he was transformed from Simon, which means fragile, into Peter, which means rock. A rock has similar characteristics as those of Jesus. What transformed Peter? Jesus said it was the revelation that he had received from the Father. Upon each revelation that we receive from the Lord we are transformed from glory to glory until we reach the likeness of Jesus.
We don’t need to make an effort to change ourselves and be transformed. We just need to know the Lord through the revelation in our spirit. We are supernaturally transformed when this happens. When someone claims to have revelation of a certain truth, but that revelation has not transformed him or her in any way, then his or her revelation is questionable. Revelation brings about a change of life.
If there have been no changes in your life it is because the light of the Word has not shone in your spirit. Some people complain that some Christians constantly change. Thank God for these people who are changing and will continue to change. They are not the same now as they were last year, and will not be the same next year as they are now. In order for the revelation of the Word to burn in my heart, my life must be constantly growing and becoming transformed.
4. Strength in temptation
When we understand a truth merely through our mind, it will not help us during the attacks of the enemy. However, when it is something that burns in our heart, we can depend on it whenever we need it because there will always be faith to destroy the action of the enemy.
The Word that comes from the spirit inside of us destroys the works of the devil. Every Word that comes from the spirit is God’s Word. Therefore, revelation is manifested in at least four different ways: life is imparted, faith is imparted, transformation is imparted and deliverance in times of battle is imparted. Revelation is progressive; it is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until it attains the light of the midday sun. (Proverbs 4:18).
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. (1Cor 13:12)