Why Don’’t Churches Preach The Revelation of Yahshua Messiah??
By Warren Litzman
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Yahshua Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25).
A young woman had just been ushered into my office. She was so stirred in her soul that she was crying and her body was trembling. As she sat down she began to tell me her need. She said, “I am so confused and upset, I don’t even know today whether I am saved or not. Never before in my walk with Yashua experience have I come to such a confusing moment. I was all right until I came to your meeting and heard the preaching on divine revelation. For a while I could bear the message, because I didn’t think it was so important, but now, after a long period of time, the truth of the message so burns in my soul that I can do nothing but think on this matter.” She continued, “Brother Litzman, I have to know if this message of a revelation of Messiah is as important as you say it is. I cannot find the message taught or advocated anywhere else. I have grown up in a Pentecostal home.My grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher, as is my father. I have grown up in large churches with a strong Full Gospel background, but I had never heard the message of revelation until I began to read Life in the Son magazine and hear you teach. If this message is of Yahweh, why didn’t my father preach it? If it is of Yahweh, why doesn’t the Full Gospel movement of today preach this message? Why don’t the evangelists and Bible teachers preach this truth?” As I listened to her, I discerned that she was honest and sincere and that, very likely for the first time in her life, the Holy Spirit had brought her to a point she had never known before. Now she was faced with the decision of whether or not she really wanted to know Yahshua. With the Word, I soothed her troubled mind, put her on a Scripture searching program and encouraged her by prayer to wait before Yahweh until she had a renewed mind. But as she left my office the question continued to burn in my mind—why don’t churches, especially those with a Full Gospel emphasis, preach the revelation of Messiah? This message is clearly and plainly taught in the Scriptures. No one needs to make a new doctrine or twist the Word to come to such a conclusion. The Word is plain. The highest scriptural instances of consecration in the New Testament are centered on revelation.
Messiah Taught Revelation
“When Yahshua 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. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Messiah, the Son of the living Yahweh. And Yahshua 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” (Matt. 16:13–17). At the time of Peter’s confession, this is the high-est peak of consecration reached in his relationship to Yahshua. The one thing Yahshua wanted all men to see in Him was His and Sonship. Men wanted to make Yahshua a healer, a miracle worker, a great prophet; but they did not want Him to be the Son of Yahweh. Actually, Yahshua was killed by His enemies because He said He was the Son of Yahweh. In all of Messiah’s teaching and training of the disciples, the one thing He wanted them to see was that Yahweh was manifested through Him unto all men, but natural man could not see or understand this. When Peter made his great declaration, “Thou art the Son the living Yahweh,” Yahshua said, “Flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”In this high moment of spiritual understanding, Messiah commends Peter’s consecration. At the center of it all is a revelation that Messiah is the Son of the living Yahweh. What happened to Peter on this occasion must happen to every believer. Peter was already a follower, a disciple, a believer, and a miracle worker; but until this moment he had not experienced divine revelation. This is evidence that our experiences do not necessarily embrace the greatest of all truth, divine revelation
Paul Preached a Revelation of Messiah
In the first chapter of Galatians,we have the vivid account of Paul telling his story of Messiah-life. He begins in verse 6 by contrasting a man-made gospel with the Spirit-taught gospel.He goes on in verse 10 to show that he has no intention of pleasing man by bringing a man-made gospel, but rather the Yahshua he preached must be revealed by the Holy Spirit. In verse 12, he states that man cannot bring the revelation of Messiah, that it comes only by the Spirit. In verse 17, he says that the apostles before him, who saw Yahshua with their natural eyes and heard Yahshua with their natural ears, did not teach him Messiah. In verse 16, he says that Yahweh revealed Yahshua in him that he might preach Messiah among the heathen. For many years I preached that this was a special revelation to Paul and not available to anyone else. This is the same plight by which many in gospel circles have become bound. There is not the slightest inference that the revelation of Messiah in Paul was just something special for him; rather, the record bears that such a revelation was available to all believers. In fact, all believers were challenged to have this revelation of Messiah (Eph. 1:17). The record in Galatians chapter 1 states that Paul’s revelation of Messiah came at least three years after his conversion on the road to Damascus. He was healed and filled with the Spirit when Ananias laid hands on him, but his revelation of Messiah did not come during any of these experiences but was, in truth, the summation and fulfillment of all his experiences. Once again, I must state that not one of our experiences, short of a revelation of Yahshua Messiah, brings the fullness of Messiah It is further interesting to note that the apostle made the revelation of Messiah necessary to preaching the gospel to the heathen. I wonder if this is not the reason why our generation is faced with the hopeless task of world evangelization. Perhaps the fullness of Messiah taught in the New Testament as coming through the revelation of Messiah is the only answer to world evangelization today, as it was in Paul’s day.
Peter Preached a Revelation of Yahshua Messiah
In 1 Peter chapter 1 the apostle declares that the Messiah, whom we have not seen (v. 8), and yet believe in with joy unspeakable and full of glory, cannot be seen with the natural eye. It is interesting to note that Peter combines the revelation of Messiah in the believer and the revelation of Messiah in the end time together. But while everyone sees Messiah with the natural eye in the end time at His revelation, only those who have been ministered to by the Holy Spirit are able to see Him as their life. In this first chapter, Peter makes inseparable the sufferings of Messiah and the revelation of Messiah. To this day, we too will have to say that a revelation of Messiah as our life is inseparable from the sufferings of Messiah.He who would have a revelation of Messiah must surely enter into the sufferings of Messiah. We must never teach the fullness of Messiah through divine revelation of the Holy Spirit without teaching the crucified life. It is impossible, scripturally and practically, to go deeper in understanding and not enter into the fellowship of His sufferings. Once again it must be stated—a believer may have all the works of grace in his life and still not have a revelation of Yahshua Messiah. All works of grace are steps toward the fullness of Messiah, and are necessary to a fullness of Messiah, but do not necessarily mean within themselves that the believer has received a revelation of Messiah in him.
The Ephesians Received Divine Revelation
When Paul prayed his first prayer in the letter to the Ephesians, he prayed that they might be given the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Eph. 1:17). Most commentaries will agree that the Ephesians were among the most spiritualbelievers ministered to by Paul. They were a large church with a fruitful ministry. Because of the his- torical record in the book of Acts, and because of the established pattern in the New Testament church, we must believe that the Ephesians were saved and Spirit-filled and came behind in no spiritual gift. Yet, Paul prayed that they might have a revelation in the knowledge of Him. This was not a sideline message. This was the heart of Paul’s gospel. Knowing Messiah, to Paul, was not just knowing about Yahshua. Seeing Yahshua, to Paul, was not a work of the natural man and his senses, but rather it was seeing Messiah as his life through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is further interesting to note that Paul prayed that they might have a revelation of Him, not of His works or His name or His body or His miracles. The revelation was of Him. Succeeding verses in Ephesians 1 show that understanding, calling, inheritance, and power are all works of Messiah in the believer (v. 20). They are not gifts to the believer, rather Messiah do these work's through the believer, who is in him and who is his very life.
The Galatians Were Taught The Revelation of Messiah
In Galatians 1, Paul gives his vivid description of how Messiah was revealed in him. Undoubtedly, the impact of Paul’s witness was great upon the Galatians. After the introduction of his great revelation, he continues, in this epistle, to show how this great work of grace consummates the plan of Yahweh for our lives. The outline is given in chapter 4. In verse 1, the believer is an heir and lord of all, but because he is an ignorant child he does not differ from a worldling or a servant. Therefore, the believer—the heir—is placed under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father (v. 2). Very often these tutors and governors are nothing but the elements of this world—our circumstances and situations, the old “C & S gang.” They are tools the Father is using to shape sons (v. 3). But after a time of training and shaping (v. 4), Yahweh brings forth in the creature,made of a woman,made under the law, a true son. I believe that the true Son can come forth only when the Spirit has taught the believer the difference between his life saved, and Messiah’s eternal life in him. At this juncture, what it means to be adopted as a son is revealed to the believer. This constitutes the revelation of Messiah as our life, and because we know we are sons, the Father is able to send forth the Spirit of Yahshua into our hearts, crying, “Abba Father” (v. 6). Thus, he who was a servant now becomes a true heir and a son indeed through Messiah (v. 7). Adoption is completed on Yahweh’s part at regeneration, but the process of adoption continues on the believer’s part as the Son really becomes his life. Again, I must say that there is a difference between Yahweh’s work for us at regeneration and Yahweh’s work in us at the revelation of Messiah.
The Corinthians Were Taught The Revelation of Yahshua Messiah
In 1 Corinthians 2:9, Paul contrasts the carnal believer with the spiritual believer. In verse 9, the carnal, earthly believer is explained as one who can not see, hear, or feel with his natural senses the things that Yahweh hath prepared for them that love Him. In verse 10, the spiritual believer is the one to whom Yahweh has revealed these things, even Himself. The Spirit alone is able to search out the deep things of Yahweh (the deeper life of Messiah) and reveal them unto those who love Him. Could it not be that great numbers of believers yet depend upon their sense knowledge—what the eye sees, or the ears hear, or the heart feels—as their means of knowing Messiah and have never really had Messiah revealed in them? We could go on with these scriptural references on revelation, but this is perhaps enough to show that this message was very likely the heart of the gospel. The message shows Messiah in us, the hope of Yahweh’s eternal plan. Since no man could explain this miracle and no writer could communicate it, Yahweh designed that only by a revelation of the Holy Spirit could man have the fullness of Messiah.
Why Churches Don’t Teach the Revelation
Since this message is so plainly written in the scriptures, and is so forcibly preached by those who have had a revelation of Messiah, it is little wonder that the woman who was in my office was confused as to why most churches do not preach a revelation of Messiah After contemplating this instance for sometime, I felt led of Yahshua to enumerate a few instances showing why I believe churches do not preach a revelation of Messiah. First, it is very likely that the ongoing movements of Yahweh in the church have not been ready to distinguish between what Yahshua does for men, and what Yahshua does in men. Some time ago, a prominent deliverance preacher told me that he believed he had had a revelation of Messiah and could see the scriptural basis for such a spiritual act of Yahweh in the believer’s life today, but he could not preach such a truth as it would destroy the people who sat under his ministry. He went on to say, “For so long I have preached what Yahshua can do for people that I am afraid to begin to preach what Yahshua could do in people for fear I would lose my ministry.”This same plight exists for many gospel churches. With the world going to hell, the heathen still without the gospel, and American Christianity becoming more and more carnal, I cannot possibly see how the preaching of the true gospel could by any means is jeopardize any ministry Yahweh has given. Indeed, I told my preacher friend that he was hurting the people more. By not giving them the whole truth, He was feeding their flesh, thus denying them the Messiah-life.
Second, many churches will not preach the revelation of Messiah because they do not want to pay price to live the life. When I began to preach these truths of the overcoming life of Messiah in the believer, I immediately saw that unless I was willing to die daily and pick up the Cross and follow Yahshua, I could not be scriptural. It is impossible to separate the fullness of Messiah and crucified living. When I began to teach this truth, a great number of my friends said that even though I was right in what I was preaching, the Messiah-life could not be lived because no one could live the crucified aspect of it. Not only do I believe that the crucified life can be lived, but I believe it must be lived if we are to reach the world with the gospel. Scores of pastors have told me that they could preach the gospel and yet not live the crucified life. The two points are incompatible. To have the fullness of Messiah, you must live the Messiah-life. Or, to state it positively, you can only have the Messiah-life when you are willing to live His crucified life. Gospel churches will not preach the life of Messiah, nor will anyone else, until they are willing to join with Messiah in the fellowship of His sufferings
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