Peter’s Confession about Christ and the Revelation of the Church!!!
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they 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?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosedin heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ…….. Matthew 16:13-20
In our previous study, we read of Jesus rebuking His Disciples for Misinterpreting His Spiritual words to mean physical things. And How He told them to Beware of The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees which is a False Life and a False Doctrine. But here, we read of Jesus asking His Disciples questions about Himself and the Revelation that Peter got. Let us therefore ask the Father to give us revelation concerning who Christ really is.
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”: Here we see Jesus asking His Disciples what people thought about Him. Jesus never cared for People’s opinion. He never cared of what people said about Him or thought about Him. But He was trying to ask them, How much the People of Israel recognise if He was the Messiah. And hardly does anyone seems to know who He really is. He was just like an ordinary Man to them. Some said He was John the Baptist, Some said He was Elijah, others said He was Jeremiah or one of the Prophets. This means these men lived such a godly life that when people saw Jesus, they were remembered. It should also be the same for us that when People see us, they must remember Jesus. Even today, Jesus still ask His Disciples the same question,” Who do people say that I am?” And Majority are yet to really know who Jesus really is. Majority have a good opinion about Jesus but Yet do not know who He is.
But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.: After Jesus had asked for what others thought about Him, He went ahead to ask what His Disciples that have walked closely with Him thought about Him. The Lord expects those who have walked with Him closely to have a better opinion concerning Him than what the Public at Large says. It is a shameful thing if we who claim to know the Lord has nothing different to say about the Lord than what the General public says about Him. If the Public is wrong about Him, should we the Disciples also be wrong? If the Public say He was just a Good Prophet? Should we His Disciples have nothing more to say about Him. Permit Me to ask You at this Junction, “Who do You say Jesus is?” And Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!!” In the old testament, there was no clear verse that Spoke about the Trinity(Father, Son and Holy Spirit). So when Peter called Jesus, “Son of God”, it was not because of some Old testament Scriptures that He had heard. But It was as a Result of a Revelation from the Father in Heaven. Peter did not understand it with His Human cleverness. It was not Flesh and blood(Human abilities) that revealed it to Him. It was God who had allowed Him to Know that, “Jesus is the Son of God”. It is very important to always recognise that whatever we know about Jesus has come by Divine revelation. It is not because we are Clever or Smarter than anyone else. It is because God was pleased to give us such revelation as to who Christ is(Matt 11:26). Divine Truths can only be given from Heaven, it cannot be understood by academic study. There are many people Clever than Peter who did not recognize it and there are a lot of clever people than You and I around us here on earth who did not recognize Jesus as the Son of God or know the Way of Forgiveness and Salvation. Indeed Blessed are those who the Lord has grant such Revelation about who Jesus is!!!
The word revelation is fundamental here. It is by revelation that we know Christ. It is not by intellectual study or argument. And that is why it is foolish to argue about things written in the Bible. If you win an argument in the Bible, it only proves that You are more clever or know the Bible better than the other party. Argument will never transform anyone, it is Revelation that leads us to know who Jesus truly Is. Revelation only comes to those who are Humble and recognise their own spiritual need and not those who study. So when we come to the Bible, what we need is Revelation on Jesus and it can only be given by the Father through the Holy Spirit. Paul when He wrote to the Saints in Ephesus prayed that “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him(Ephesians 1:17)” Paul did not say, “If you read my Epistle 20 times, you will understand”. Instead He prayed that God should give them Revelation!! And this is what we too should pray for.
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.: Permit Me to Paraphrase what Jesus says here, “Based on this Revelation that You have gotten as” Christ, the Son of the Living God”, I say to You: You are only Peter(Small Stone) but on this Rock I will build my church”. Jesus was not saying, “You are Peter, I will build my church on You,” Like some people have interpreted it which is totally wrong!!! Peter was kind of a Shaky person, I wouldn’t want to be part of a Church built on Him. Peter Himself wrote in His Epistle that, “We are like living stones being built together on the Rock(1 Peter 2:4-8)” I repeat again, what Jesus was saying is, “Peter, You just got a Revelation from Heaven about who I am, and on this rock of revelation of who Christ is, on this revelation, I will build My Church”
It is also interesting to see that this is the First time Jesus spoke about the Church!!! We can never build a Church without revelation from Heaven to whom Christ is. In those days, the important question the people were asking was that, “Is Jesus God?” Because He looked like an ordinary Man, so they say “This cannot be God” so they did not accept Him as God and they killed Him. But Today , the question is, “Is Jesus really a Man?” Most Christians understood that He is God but they have not understood that He is also a Man. We need to see Christ revealed from Heaven as both God and Man. Christ was Fully God and Fully Man. We need Revelation on both. Because He is Almighty God, we worship and pray to Him, we believe He can do all things and has authority over everything in Heaven and on Earth. But because He is Man, we can follow Him, we can overcome Sin as He overcame, we can serve and please the Father as Jesus did, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit and have gifts to serve others as Jesus did. Most Christians have seen Jesus as God but not as a Man and that’s why they live a Defeated life. We need to see Jesus as Totally God and Totally Man. Blessed are those who have gotten that Revelation from God the Father that Christ came to Earth as a Man and lived on Earth as a Man. Overcome temptation as a Man and was like us to Sin and Yet did not Sin(Hebrews 4:15). It is when you get this revelation from God that You will come into a Life of overcoming Sin. The Main reason why a lot of Christians live a life defeated by Sin and accept it saying, “Well, we can’t live better than these” is because at the back of their minds, they believed that Christ overcame Sin because He was God. The Day the Lord gives You revelation that a Man like You called Jesus walked on Earth for 33 years on Earth without committing any Sin because He was filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s Grace was upon Him. It will challenge you also to ask God for power and Grace to Live as Jesus Lived(1 John 2:6). So we cannot build a Church without seeing Christ as Totally God and Totally Man. It is on this Rock that the Church must be built. For the Church is the Pillar and the Ground of this Great Truth and Mystery of Godliness which is “God was Manifested in the Flesh(1 Timothy 3:15-16). But the sad thing is that there are very Few Churches proclaiming this Truth that,” Jesus came in a Flesh Exactly Like us” Be honest with Yourself, “How often you do hear Preachers talking about Jesus Coming in a Flesh Like You and that it is possible to walk as He Walked?”
Any Church that Christ is building on this Revelation that He is 100% God and 100%Man, the Power of Spiritual death and darkness cannot prevail over it. The is the Church that will last forever. A Church where there is strive, jealousy, quarreling, gossiping and complaining cannot be a Church that Jesus is building. The Church that Christ is builds, the Power of Darkness cannot overcome it. We need to be part of a Church that Jesus is building. Is this the kind of church you belong to?
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”: Keys is a Symbol of authority. Authority to bind the principalities and powers in Heavenly places and to set those in the grip of Devil free here on Earth has been given to the Church. Without Spiritual authority, we cannot build a Church. No matter how gifted we are, no matter how much of the Bible we know, without Spiritual authority we can build nothing. The Lord commissioned Peter so He gave Him authority, so if the Lord commissioned You, He will also give you authority. Let us therefore seek for God for authority so that we the Lord can build His Church through Us.
Dear Friend, You can know about Jesus but Yet not know Him in Person. You can read about His stories like the Children do and Yet not know Him intimately as the New testament describes. It is only possible through Divine Revelation. The secret of the Lord is with those who Fear Him!!! Ask the Father to give you revelation on who Jesus really is. Ask Him to open your eyes to see Jesus as a Man. For without this revelation, You will always have an excuse for Your Sins. Look for a Church that points You to the Humanity of Christ. Look for a Church that challenges You to walk as Jesus did. For this is the Church that the Gate of Hades cannot prevail against. May the Lord give us revelation as we read our Bible henceforth.(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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