“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and saith of him,
‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!’
Nathanael saith unto Him, ‘Whence knowest thou me?’ Jesus answered and said unto him,
‘Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.’
Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, ‘Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel.’ Jesus answered and said unto him,
‘Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these.’
And He saith unto him,
‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’” John 1:47-51 (KJB)
Many often do not get it. How anyone could see Jesus for who He really is. He is no longer dead on a cross. He is no longer in the grave. He is alive. He is, in fact, more alive than He was when Nathanael said, “You are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”
Now, why did Nathanael make such a statement. It was because of what Jesus said. It was not the first statement, “Behold and Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” No! It was not that at all. No mere man could have just seen him under the fig tree. It is most likely that they were some distance away, and Jesus knew the heart of Nathanael. This was a gift given to Nathanael by God.
This was in essence the revelation given by God to Nathanael to know the Son of God, and thus God the Son.
Peter’s confession of Matthew 16, when Jesus asked them, “Who do you say that I am?”, and Jesus’s answer to Peter’s confession “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” is eye opening indeed…
“Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17
The testimony of one who comes to Jesus is that He is the Christ the Son of God sent down from glory, so that the lost might be saved from the bondage of sin. Since He is the Son of God it is also enlightening by the Spirit of God to know and understand that He is God the Son. Nathanael saw that. Peter saw that. Do you see that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God; and God the Living Son? If He is not God the Son, then He is not Christ; neither is He Savior.