“Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven’” (Matthew 16:17).

If we truly know the Savior, we have not learned it alone by the instruction of other men. Peter had heard others speak, but he did not know Jesus as the Christ till the Father revealed Him. Paul tells us concerning the gospel that he neither received it from men nor was taught it, but he received it by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Granted, God uses men to instruct us, but all the prophets and apostles could not teach us Christ if the Father did not reveal His Son in us personally. Holy men are the pens, but God Himself must write with them, or they will write nothing on our hearts. That which we have learned from the Father will never be unlearned. Nothing can erase what the Holy Spirit has engraved.

Beware of a homemade religion created by your own doing. Equally beware of a religion that is a sort of patchwork made up by the kind contributions of Christian friends, and none of it your own. The only safe religion in the world is that which comes through a personal application to Jesus and a reception of Him for yourself. In this matter, God must reveal Jesus to you.

Everyone who has been taught of the Father comes to Jesus to remain; anything short of that is temporary and delusive. Get the better part of sitting at the feet of Jesus, and it will never be taken from you.

Adapted from In His Presence (Spurgeon)