Santosh Poonen

Behold, My Son!

There was a group of people who were God’s chosen ones, whom He had rescued from slavery, baptized, and fed spiritual food and drink. Yet with most of them He was NOT well pleased. This was because they: craved evil things; allowed food, drink, and play to become idols to them; didn’t take sexual sin…

Jesus: Transfigured or Revealed?

If Jesus has only been transfigured to you, you will be taken up with either physical manifestations (visions of Jesus/angels, etc.), or with intellectual or emotional religious fervor (Matthew 17:2-3). This is what happened to Peter. He had received revelation of Jesus the Messiah directly from the Father (Matthew 16:17). Yet, deep down, he was…

Revelation, Authority, Discipleship

Matthew 16:13-28 Revelation from God’s Word is more important than just reading it. God gives revelation to those who have become like babies spiritually (Matthew 11:25-26). To become like babies is to consider ourselves as capable of producing NOTHING, because our adequacy is from God alone. Only then will the veil be lifted from over…

Asking With Wrong Motives

Matthew 16:1-12 As human beings we so easily become untrusting (Matthew 16:8-10). In the mess that is a result of your own sin or carelessness (Matthew 15:32), remember that: Jesus does not criticize you; Jesus has compassion for you; Jesus has a compulsion to help you. The Pharisees & Sadducees wielded much earthly authority. They…