Friday, April 6, 2018

Who Do You Say ... Who Do You Believe .... That Jesus Is?

…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree… —1 Peter 2:24

{CHAMBERS} “The Cross of Christ is the revealed truth of God’s judgment on sin. […] Jesus Christ … made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing relationship with God. […] Beware of separating “God was manifested in the flesh…” from “…He made Him…to be sin for us…” (1 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21). […] The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both[…] The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much.”

{ELGIN} (Matthew 16:13-17) “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”

All spiritual truth is a revelation from heaven through God’s Word and by the Holy Spirit.  When Peter declared that Jesus was the Christ – the Messiah – the anointed One, Jesus said that man cannot know that unless the Father reveals it to him.  When you first believed … it was a spiritual event … a kingdom revelation … a gift of God.  (Ephesians 2:8-10) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is an amazing thing … and we have to work very hard to not trivialize it after it happens.  What I mean by that is this.  Your salvation has eternal significance and the fact that you are a child of God should dominate every aspect of the earthly life you have remaining.  The chief end of man is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever”  You are living in forever … it is not some time in the future .. after you die.  I want to encourage you to embrace that truth and to understand the significance of who you are in Christ.  And that knowledge should impact how you live your earthly life ... what you do and what you don't do. .. what you say and don't say .. what you love and don't love ... what you want and don't want.  The importance of this will not be revealed to you by flesh and blood but by our Father in heaven.  But only if you are seeking Him out … living for Him and not yourself.  Think about it … and listen for God to speak.

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