They would be men who, like Peter, had a “relationship” with the Father – and a “revelation” from the Father.

The relationship with the Father would come “through” Jesus: “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

The revelation from the Father would be “about” Jesus: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar – Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in Heaven” (Matt 16:17).

The Apostle Paul explains these truths with much feeling in his letter to the Ephesians:

“Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph 2:20).

What a holy wonder and marvel it is! Our heavenly Father has chosen us to be a part of His eternal plan. By His grace, we have a special place in His family, in His Kingdom, and in the Church of His Son. We too, therefore, can join Paul in these beautiful words of worship: “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from Whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named …. Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:14, 15, 20, 21).