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 loosed in heaven.” Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
- Not the Confession of the World
Important Question No. 1 – “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
- False Confessions
Mt. 14:1-2 – At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesusand said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.
Matthew 16: 14 – So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets
- Peter’s Confession
Important Question No. 2 – “Who do you say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
- True Confession
- the Christ – the Messiah, the Anointed One
- the Son of God – one with the Father
- the Son of the Living God – source of all life
- Confession is the Church’s Foundation
- The Church belongs to Christ
- Christ is the one who builds the Church
- Christ will protect His Church
- Responsibility of the Church
- Sharing the Confession
- Understanding death/resurrection of Jesus Christ –
1 Cor. 15:1-4 – Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures
- Need to be empowered by Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 – But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.