Kenneth Copeland - The Rock of Revelation Knowledge
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Hello everybody. I'm Kenneth Copeland. This is the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. And I'm glad you're here. I'm glad to be here. I'm glad you're here. Let's give the Lord a praise today. Amen. Because He's here and He is the important one. Amen. Now think covenant, always. I don't care what we're talking about in the Bible, you have to keep one hand on covenant because that's what this book is. It is two covenants, the first one and the second one.
Now something that is extremely important to understand the Bible is the change of names in covenant. And I brought out the fact just before we went on the air today, that talking to the beautiful women that are in this audience. And I'm speaking to you, women, those of you that are married and those of you that are planned to be. Amen. When that happens, you're going to change your name. Amen. And I'm going to add something to this right here. This is covenant, in the covenant of God. God gave us everything He has and we give Him everything we have. And when Gloria Jean Neece and Kenneth Copeland married on the 13th day of April 1962, she became Gloria Jean Copeland. She took my name in covenant with me and she has everything I own. I wish I had more to give her.
Now, the prenuptial agreement, I don't even want to talk about that. That's not a marriage. I'm not trying to be vulgar here. May I be very blunt? That's just legal sex. That's all that is. It's not a marriage. There's no covenant there. I'm keeping what's mine and you can do the best you can. Well, I don't want to day anymore about that. But when you understand covenant, now we know somebody's holding back. This is mine and you're not going to have it. That's no covenant at all. Are we ready for this now? Remember, God changed Abram's name to Abraham; Abram to Abra Ham. The H in the middle of Abram's name, he entered into covenant. He said, "I am the Almighty God. I am El Shaddai. I'm the God who's more than enough". And He entered covenant with him and He changed his name.
The H in the middle of Abra, Abra, Ham. God put His name, HaShem. He put His name in the middle of Abram's name, entering covenant with Him. He gave him His name. Amen. This is just so vitally important to understand the Bible. All right, Matthew chapter 16, Verse 13. "When Jesus came into the coast 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, others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He says unto them., 'But whom say he that I am? And Simon, Peter"...
Now wait a minute. For now, put little brackets around Peter. This is the day Jesus named him. This is when he became Peter. This is just huge. "But Simon answered and said, 'Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.' Jesus answered and said unto him". Now this is his name. "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona. Blessed are you Simon, Son of Jonah". Simon, Son of Jonah. That was his name. "Blessed art you Simon, Son of Jonah for flesh and blood have not revealed it under thee but my father, which is in heaven. I say also unto thee thou art Peter". That's when he got that name. He changed his name that day. And that change of his name was extremely important, particularly when he was tried and he slipped and he fell. And he denied knowing Jesus, But he had been named the rock and it held strong. Isn't this good stuff?
"You Are Peter and upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". Now wait a minute. Misunderstanding here, well, He built His church on Peter. No, no, He didn't either. Jesus did not build His church on any man but Himself. So what could that be then? The rock of revelation knowledge, on this rock. Now, if you look it up. Now, hang on a minute. I'm going to go to the 18th verse. If you don't have the Blue Bible app. Oh, by all means, get it. BLB. It's free and it's Christian-owned and based and it uses Strong's Concordance, and it is so cool. That's okay. "And I say under also unto thee that thou art Peter, Petros, a rock or a stone". A rock or a stone. Isn't that good?
Jesus named him knowing that it's coming. It's coming. The scripture said He knew every one of them before He called them. He knew who Judas was. And He knew this man. Amen. And He knew his weaknesses. Simon, Son of Jonah, just a rough, rough old boy fisherman. He and James and John, these were tough men. James and John were the sons of thunder. Anyway, I wanted you to see this. A rock or a stone. Hallelujah. Now, "You are Peter and upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". It was the rock of revealed knowledge. There's a difference between revelation knowledge. I'm not talking about the Book of Revelation. I'm talking about revelation knowledge, knowledge revealed by the Spirit of God and His anointing to the heart, the spirit being. Amen.
Now, what is sense knowledge? Sense knowledge is just simply knowledge gained by the five physical senses. That began when you were born. That's the only way a little guy has any way of finding out things around him or her. And they'll stick anything in their mouth. You just have to watch them. They'll pick up an ashtray and... "That's no good". And that's a reason that mama has to watch and daddy has to watch because this little guy's learning what everything is around him. And you continue learning that way. You learn, "Oh, that's not good. Oh, that's good".
And so everything has to build up around the five physical senses. And then you grow up believing what you can see, what you can feel, can hear, what you can taste, what you can smell. "Well, seeing is believing". No, it isn't. Remember this now. A spirit, God is a spirit. And those that worship Him, worship Him in spirit. And in fact, turn over to the gospel of John chapter four. John is very, very, very tuned into... Let me say it this way. Well, all of them are, but his way of explaining things, maybe it's just me. But anyway, now I want you to listen to what he said in the 24th verse. God, let's read the 23rd. "The hour cometh". This is Jesus. "And now is the hour cometh and now is".
What if it was now is then and now is now? "The hour cometh and now is when true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit". Huh? "And in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him". God is a spirit. Say it, God is a spirit. "And they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and truth". Now how do we come to a conclusion here about what truth is? Well, wait a minute. Jesus said your word is truth. Now listen to what else He said. "Continue ye and my word". Okay, hold that. Say it. Continue ye in my word. Okay.
Now John 6:63. "It is the spirit that makes alive. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life". "So continue ye in my word, you will be my disciples indeed. My words are spirit and they are live. And you will know the truth and the truth will maketh". He didn't say the truth will set you free. There's a big difference here. The truth will make you free. So now what can we say about that? The truth, the truth that healing belongs to you will make you free from sickness and disease". I don't get it, Brother Copeland. I just don't get it".
Look at this. It's plain to see that I'm not healed. Isn't this the truth? No. No, that's a fact. I don't deny the fact. I just deny the right to exist on my body. No. What do I do? I apply the truth by His stripes you were healed. If I was healed, then I am healed now. And I applied that truth to this thing on my arm or whatever else it is, and it makes me free. It will get rid of that, because it's the truth. Amen. Are we getting anywhere with it? All right now. And we're just doing a cross-field summary here and now remember last week, Jesus dealt in the fifth chapter of Mark and delivered the madman of Gadara who's no longer mad, he's in the ministry now or was then. He's a love preacher.
And so, Jesus dealt with one unclean spirit. Satan was not always Satan. He was Lucifer. And if you study the Word, you know that he was absolutely gorgeous, beautiful beyond imagination but he fell. There is no redemption for him. The Bible plainly said, now he's a spirit being. He's not flesh and blood. He's a spirit being. The Bible said he was perfect in the day that he was created. But iniquity was found in him. He had no tempter. Now what was his first iniquity? He gave birth to the lie. Jesus said he's a liar and the father of it. Amen. He's a liar and the father of it. Now, that's not like the little boy in class when the teacher asked him, "What is a lie"? He said, "It's an abomination to God and an ever-present help in the time of need". That no, no, no. I was that little boy at one time. Oh, oh Lord. Oh God, thank You.
Now then, saying all this, let's go to 1 Thessalonians 5:23. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. "And the very God of peace, peace". The very God of peace, in Hebrew, Shalom. Magnificent word. It's translated prosperity. It's translated soundness and healing. Shalom. Nothing missing, nothing broken. That's God and He is our nothing missing, nothing broken. Glory to God. If it's broken, He'll fix it. He has fixed it. So all we need to do is receive it. Praise God. "The God of peace sanctify you wholly and I pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless under the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calls you and who also will do it". He will do it.
And let's go check this out in Weymouth New Testament. Let's see here now. 1 Thessalonians 5. "And may the God of peace himself make you entirely wholly. May your spirit, soul, and bodies be preserved complete and found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, faithful as He who calls you and He will also accomplish it". Now I want you to get something right here. Let me put it this way. I said all that to get to say this. The very God of peace sanctify or separate you wholly. I pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body. Spirit and soul and body in that order. It's not body, mind and spirit.
When you hear someone say, "Well, it's just body and soul". Absolutely no. Absolutely nothing. I mean maybe born again, spirit-filled, tongue... That's wonderful, but not have any idea that the soul and the spirit are not the same thing. They are not. God is a spirit. Do you remember, you recall when Professor Greg Stephens was here and we went to the Hamosh, which is the commentary of the first five books of the Bible. And one of the commentators said, "Man became a living soul". No, man became a living, speaking spirit like God. A living, speaking spirit like God and we're out of time. Come on, Jeremy, help us here, son.