The standpoint of searching Scriptures to discover details about Jesus is one noble course which all believers must chart. The Berean Christians earned respect in the early church because of that (Acts 17:10-11).
I need not mention that the mandate given to all eternal life seekers by Jesus is, to search the Scriptures and find what it testifies about Him. In John 5:39-40, Jesus said “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
Reading the Scriptures is different from searching it. Reading brings information while searching brings revelation. Reading offers you facts which readily meet the eye, but searching serves you with deep concealed truths.1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says “But…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God”. The Bible contains both surface facts and deep hidden truths. The surface facts are gotten by just reading while the hidden truths are gotten by diligent hearty searching. Jeremiah 29:13 says “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”. The honour of the believer is in searching to find what God has concealed (Pro 25:2).
Jesus said “search the Scriptures” because there are several details about Him in Scriptures which are not obvious. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8 says “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory”. Jesus’ salvation plan succeeded because of His hidden identity which the devil and his cohorts could not see. So, we gain an upper hand over evil forces when we discover in Scriptures what is not obvious. This explains why Jesus told His disciples: “…it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” – Matthew 13:11.
Remember, the church came into being because Jesus wanted to know who His disciples think He is (Matt 16:13-18).The church is therefore among other things, a divine platform for finding Jesus’ concealed identity. The Holy Ghost is here for this same purpose. Jesus said “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: …He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you” – John 16:12-14. The Holy Spirit is in our lives to show us details about Jesus’ identity.
The church is therefore not fulfilling divine purpose if Christians choose to behave like Peter on the mount of transfiguration, as reported in Mark 9:2-6: “And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John… into an high mountain…: and he was transfigured before them. …And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses:…And Peter…said to Jesus, Master, …let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid”. Just one divine disclosure about Jesus awestruck Peter! He felt they should just build tabernacles and remain there for the rest of their lives.
Similarly, the early church became enthralled (like Peter on the mount of transfiguration)with the revelation of Jesus being the ‘Son of God’ (not just one of the prophets) so they pitched their tents on just that revelation. But of course, Jesus wanted them to graduate from that revelation about Him to a higher one, so in John 14:7 He told them “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” That statement obviously stunned Philip! The Master seemed to be crossing His boundary. Has the “Son of God” now become “God Almighty”? Philip therefore retorted in the next verse: “…Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us”. In other words, stop confusing us. We know you are the Son of God. Jesus came stronger in verse 9: “…Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”.Meaning“ I expected you to have graduated in your knowledge of me being just the ‘Son of God’ to being the ‘Almighty God’ by now”. Just as saying, Philip you are not searching the Scriptures!
When John the Beloved therefore ventured into searching the Scriptures for details about Him on the Isle of Patmos, Jesus excitedly met him with the details: “I John, …was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice…Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches…”.In other words, I started the building of my church with Peter’s revelation about me being the Son of God, but now I am graduating from there. Tell the church I am also the Alpha and Omega! The earlier verse actually added “the Almighty” to those credentials (Rev 1:8).
Obviously, Jesus knew there will be questions on John’s mind so He clarified Himself in verses 17 and 18: “Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen…”. Even heavenly beings are not left out in this acknowledgement. Hear them in Rev 4:8. “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come”. The heavenly creatures had insight (full of eyes within) about Jesus, so they called Him “Lord God Almighty”! Beloved, this is the reason Jesus said “search the Scriptures”!
Most Christians believe Jesus is God but probably not the Almighty. The reason is the unscriptural word Trinity which has been smuggled into Christianity. Replace Trinity with Diversity (1 Cor 12:6) and the truth of Jesus being the Almighty God will be crystal clear.