Posted by Pastor John

Matthew 16:13…  ”Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

In this chapter Jesus put to his disciples the question, “Who do men say that I the Son of Man, am?” That question asked in the far off land of Galilee so long ago, still remains a question asked in our world today.

Ideas rule life and in the long run sway the world, and upon that day the disciples gave the answers that men were giving.  The answers varied, but they all agreed in viewing Jesus as an extraordinary person, at least a prophet, a mysterious personality containing an element of the supernatural.

Jesus then turned the question now into a sharp personal inquiry, “But who say ye that I am?’  You can’t escape the questions sharp personal point, whatever we say, we make an eternal decision for or against Christ.  Nothing will affect your life so greatly as your answer to the question, “But who do you say that I am?”

And Peter answered the question, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God;”   The answer grew in Peter’s mind through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit flashed into maturity as he answered the question.

It is a great confession from every point of view,  for it grasp Christ as Messiah.  Most of the Jews at this time were blinded by their pride and could not see the truth.  Yet Peter and a few others had the faith to believe.

The confession is great in that it exalts Christ as the Son of the living God.  Lifting Him above humanity and crowning Him with divinity.  This is the heart of the Christian faith.

Peter’s confession was instantly crowned with blessing, for Jesus spoke and said, “blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah” for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.

Peter’s confession of the Divinity of Christ did not spring up out of flesh and blood, but came down from heaven.

Far deeper than the working of our minds, there is also the Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit revealing the truth in us, as the Scriptures tell us, “No one can come unto the Son except the Father draw him”.

God the Father at every step in redemption goes before and He is ahead of us, may we ever rejoice in his grace.

 

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men

This portion of Scripture is one which needs to be given attention to in our day, this passage speaks of God’s wrath, a much neglected subject.  We are also told in Ephesians 5:16 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

The Bible in the book of Romans speaks of those who,   “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God neither were thankful.”   The downward course of the depraved leads first to neglect of God then open contempt.

Thus we find in Romans chapter one, verse 24, God gives them over, a primary sign of God’s abandonment of any society is that they become obsessed with sexual immorality and perversion.   God abandons such to their perverted lust.

Therefore God gives them over to the sinful desires of their hearts, to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another as we are told in verse 27 of Romans, “in the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.

The apostle Paul regarded the homosexual, lesbian abomination as the greatest evidence     of human degeneration resulting from immorality and God’s abandonment.  Any nation that justifies homosexuality or lesbianism as an acceptable lifestyle is in the final stages of moral corruption.

God’s word condemns approving of those who practice homosexuality and Jesus himself did say, “God made them male and female, a man and his wife”.

 

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights thee most, to value what is precious in thy sight, to hate what is offensive to thee.  Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes, nor to pass sentence according to hearing of the ears of ignorant men ; but to discern with a true judgment between things visible and spiritual, and above all things always inquire what is the good pleasure of thy will.     Thomas A. Kempis

“Christ’s call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil’s clutches and the very jaws of Hell.  This can be accomplished only by a red hot, unconventional unfettered devotion, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“Funds are low again, hallelujah!  That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.”

“We Christians too often substitute  prayer for playing the game.  Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy, a despicable Pharisaism…To your knees man!  And to your Bible!  Decide at once!  Don’t hedge!  Time flies!  Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood.”  C.T. Studd

Obedience to God is an expression of our love for God.

Our loyalty to Jesus should be seen and heard in our lives.

What you have made a matter of prayer should cease to be a matter of care.

Don’t be a Christian in name only.

He who says “I know Him” and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.   1 John 2:4

Sin is the disease-Christ is the cure.

To know Christ, the living word, is to love the Bible, the written word.

What God promises-God will provide.

Calvary’s cross is the only bridge to eternal life.

God gives enough grace for whatever we face.

In a changing world you can trust God’s unchanging word.

So what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul.  Matt. 16:26