Who is Jesus? Was He just a good man, a teacher, a prophet, or is He the Son of God?
Journal Entry: Friday, June 30, 2006
The thought came to me a few days ago that who we think Jesus is controls our actions. If we think He was a good man, we will change nothing. If we think He was a teacher, we might adhere to some of the principles He taught. If we think He was a prophet, we might respect Him, but if we think He is the Son of God, we might change some things and we might even consider becoming a follower of Him. But just thinking about these things will not have a lasting effect upon our lives. This line of thinking led me to read a conversation Jesus had with his disciples about this very subject in which He asked them the question, [Matthew 16:13-17] “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? So they (His disciples) said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father which is in heaven, and I say also unto you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
We are added to the spiritual church Jesus is building based upon our understanding of “He is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” and not upon some denominational teachings that if you belong to their church you are assured of going to heaven. Simon Peter said to Jesus, “You are the Son of the living God.” And Jesus responded, “…flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father which is in heaven, …and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not not prevail against it.” Jesus as the Son of God and the Christ whom God sent into the world to save sinners from their sins is the foundational truth of the whole New Testament. If we believe, “He is the Son of God,” we will live our life before mankind proving this point. If we are like those listed in the above scripture as ‘some’ or ‘others’ who do not believe He is who He says He is; we will live like the world lives while trying to convince the unbelieving public we are Christians. They are not fooled; and that is the number one reason why they are not beating down the doors to our churches to get in and worship with us. DThrash (Continue to part two.)
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