Peter’s Great Confession

Matthew 16:13-20

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.

A House Divided

Matthew 12:22-30; 43-45

Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.

The man brought to Jesus.  Family or friends cared enough to bring him.  How desperately some people need family and friends who care enough to help them. Jesus had compassion on the most evil, on a man thought to be so evil that he was “possessed with a devil.”

Jesus has power “to deliver and heal” immediately.  The one necessity is coming or being brought to Him.

Jesus’ purpose on earth was to conquer Satan and break his power over men.  In some cases Satan’s power was imagined; in other cases it was real.

Men without Christ are “dumb and blind” to the things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Unbelief

Questioning His Messiahship.  Why are some minds and hearts open and others closed to Christ?  Too often the difference has to do with peer acceptance, reputation, pride, wealth, possessions, fame, power, livelihood, position.

1 John 2:15-16 – Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Obstinate unbelief is serious.  In every generation there are those who cling to their unbelief despite witness after witness.  The evidence of the Lord’s presence is there, yet they still persist in unbelief.  They attribute any change in natural events to a fluke in nature or to an unexplainable and yet unknown or undiscovered cause.  They will attribute the unexplained to anything just to keep from having to confess Christ and to surrender themselves to Him.

Divided Allegiance

Division = Separation and Sin.  The first argument is that a divided allegiance destroys.  This is a universal truth.  Division leads to separation and ruin.  A divided kingdom, city or house cannot stand.  It fights and destroys itself.  Satan is not going to empower anyone to deliver people from evil–not time after time as Jesus was doing.  Satan would destroy his kingdom and rule over lives.  Jesus was arguing that it was an absolute impossibility that He had come from anywhere other than from God Himself. 

Denial of His Lordship is inconsistent and illogical.  Jesus was saying that to deny Him was inconsistent and illogical.  The good works of other men were acknowledged, yet His good works were denied and attributed to evil.  His works were the greatest works ever performed for men, and they far outnumbered the works of any man (John 21:25).  How could His power and His works be of evil and the works of others be of good?  His works were bound to be of God. 

John 21:25 – And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Christ’s works are signs of His Messiahship.  There is only one logical and consistent conclusion:  His works are of the Spirit of God.  His claim is true.  He is the Messiah.  His works are a sign that God’s Spirit rests upon Him and that God’s kingdom has come to man. 

John 5:36 – But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.

John 10:37-38 – If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.

John 14:10-11 – Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

John 15:24 – If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

Christ Destroys Satan.  This passage states that property can be taken.  Satan is the strong man; Christ is the invader who enters Satan’s house to free those imprisoned by Satan.  He is entering the “evil house” or domain (territory) of Satan and taking his (human) goods.  He is turning men “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sin” (Acts 26:18).  God “delivers us from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13).

Satan – a strong man

Satan bound in the wilderness.  Satan was bound during Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness.  For the first time in history, Satan confronted Someone whom he could not lead away from God.  After the wilderness experience Satan was set back.  His power shaken.  The man Christ Jesus had withstood the heaviest barrage of temptation ever launched. 

1 John 3:8 – He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Satan bound by Christ’s sinless life.  Satan was bound even more as he confronted Jesus throughout His life with temptation after temptation.  Jesus stood fast, resisted and overcame the temptations, conquering and binding Satan more and more each time.

John 8:46 – Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?

Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 7:26 – For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;

Satan bound in the garden dramatically after Jesus’ Garden of Gethsemane experience.  Jesus was tempted to take another route other than the cross, yet He obeyed God perfectly.

Hebrews 12:3-4 – For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Satan bound when Christ went to the cross.  Satan was bound in a completed sense at the cross.  Christ had secured perfect righteousness.  He had never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:1).  Therefore He was the Ideal Man, the Perfect Man.  As the Ideal Man His righteousness and death could stand for and embrace all men who would place their lives into His keeping.  Satan’s house of evil and sin was broken, completely broken.

John 14:30 – I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Satan will be bound forever at the end of time.  Both the earth and the heavens shall be made a new and established forever in perfection—established without Satan and his “evil house” carrying on their evil work.  (2 Peter 3:3-18).

2 Thessalonians 2:8 – And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

Revelation 20:10 – The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

No Neutral Ground.  A person is either with Christ or against Christ.  This could be a picture of a shepherd or a farmer.  Each is involved in gathering–the one gathering sheep and the other gathering the harvest.  Each also can become guilty of scattering–the one scattering the sheep and the other scattering the harvest.

Working in the Kingdom

Standing with Him – A person stands with Him, believing and trusting Him, or else a person stands against Him in unbelief and distrust.

Mark 9:40 – For he who is not against us is on our side.

Luke 11:23 – He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

Working for Him.  A person works with Him in gathering, or else works against him by scattering others.

No neutrality.  Neutrality is impossible.  There are only two sides:  with Christ or against Christ.

Luke 16:13 – No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Refraining from evil is not enough

Deuteronomy 30:15, 19 – See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

Evil Spirits Return When the House Has a New Tenant

Evil spirit wanders.  The evil spirit that was in man and has been put aside seeks rest, but finds none.  Man’s evil spirit, when it is subdued or cast aside, becomes restless.  It goes about in restless wanderings, yet it finds no rest.

Man’s desires.  A man always experiences the craving of the evil to return.  The evil spirit says, “I will return.”  Note the words “Into my house.”  His house was the place that was so comfortable, that made him feel so secure and so at east.  The evil spirit is saying, “I will return to that which always looked so good and tasted so good and made me feel so good.”

The Solution

Fill your life with Christ.  Note that Jesus applies the truth of this parable not only to individuals, but to whole generations and societies as well.  The answer to the evil and ills of society is not reformation.

The answer is not the changing of the outside and external. The answer is not making new resolution. The answer is not cleaning up your act. The answer is not getting new friends. The answer is not changing jobs. The answer is the transformation of one’s heart. It is the filling of the human heart with Christ Himself.

Galatians 4:8-10 – But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and seasons and years.

2 Peter 2:20-21 – For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Matthew 24:12; 2 Timothy 3:13; Revelation 2:4

Evil can be conqueredIt can be expelled, it can be pushed back, it can be cast out of our lives; but it cannot be destroyed or eliminated–not in this life.  Evil, although it can be put out of a life and turned from, will always attack.  What is needed is a supernatural power to turn from evil.  That power is in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ must dwell in you.  When evil is put out of a life, something must be put in its place.  What?  Jesus Christ.  The love of Christ and His mission of redemption is to fill a man’s heart and life.  Take all the acts of love and caring–a man cannot touch even the surface during a lifetime.  The world is so weighed down with prejudice, war, wickedness, selfishness, pride and power; and so many people are so needful.  A man must cast the evil out of his life and replace it with Christ.  When a man gives his life to Christ, he is swamped with so much to do that he does not have time to think evil or do evil.

What Does It Mean to Believe?

Romans 10:9-10

– that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation

Believe – What does it mean when we say we believe.  Is belief enough?  James 2:19 tells us that “You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe—and tremble!”  When Jesus was on earth, the demons often acknowledged him as Lord.  See Matthew 8:28-29; Mark 1:23-26; Luke 4:40-41.

So what does the Scripture mean when it says if we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus, we will be saved?

The Greek word used here for believe is pisteuo (pist-yoo-oh).  It is the verb form of the Greek word pistis which means “faith.”  It means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, rely on.  It is more than belief in church doctrine or some systematized form of religion.  It is more than just an intellectual agreement that Jesus is the Messiah.

It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that leads to obedience.  It includes submission to and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus Christ. 

I may look at a chair and say “I believe that chair will hold me up if I sit in it.” But true belief will be when I actually sit in the chair.

True belief in Jesus Christ will lead us to true obedience.

Is It Rain or Shine?

2 Corinthians 1:18-20

But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No.  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

How do we view our circumstances? Is it rain or shine?

The weather forecast always tells you what the percentage of rain, snow or stormy weather will be for the next day or the next month.  Most people usually consider rain, snow or bad weather as a negative.  We talk about the 40% chance of rain, but what about the 60% chance of sunshine

1 John 5:12-15 – He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

The promises in His Word establishes, seals us, anoints us and guarantees to us all that He has for us as long as we walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  To be carnal minded is opposed to God’s will.

1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 1:12 – Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed.  But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”

The message found in these short passages are positive messages from a positive gospel, for His Word is positive.  To be anything else is to be negative.  There are NO grey areas.  His Word is either positive, forever unchanged or it is totally unreliable and untrue and cannot be depended upon.  Which is it for you?  You have to make up your mind.  If it is not reliable and true, then you might as well give up on your faith.  Either He really died on the cross for “whosoever believeth” or He did not.

There will always be naysayers.  There will always be skeptics and doubters.  The Word of God calls that double minded.

Where is my mind when I dwell on “I can’t”, “it’s impossible,” “there’s no way,” “it can’t happen?”

Philippians 4:8 –Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

This passage tells us to dwell on the positive, the good things in life.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Give your doubts to God and believe positive affirmations to what the Word says.

The Old Testament referred to the children of Israel “murmuring” for 40 years in the wilderness.  Do not grumble, but be thankful.  Put a smile on your face and praise God.  All the promises of God are positive.

Farmer Jones drove his big old farm wagon to market with a portion of his bumper crop of potatoes.  Someone complimented him on all the great crop of potatoes he had harvested.  His reply was, “Yeah, but not one rotten one to feed the hogs.” 

Ever hear of that old hymn of the church, “Great is Thy Faithfulness?”  His faithfulness is everlasting!

Believe in the Gospel

Mark 1:15

Mark 1:15 – and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

  • Repent – The word “repent” in the Bible means more than being sorry.  It means “a turning around.”  It involves both turning from our old way of living and turning to God.  Jesus began His ministry with this call to repent.  The reason for this need of repentance (change of living) is that Jesus has come to usher in the Kingdom of God.  A total change of purpose and living would be required to be a part of this kingdom of God. 
  • In order to really repent and be a part of God’s kingdom required belief.  A total and complete confidence in the message of Jesus Christ.  The story of Charles Blondin illustrates what true belief in Jesus Christ is all about.  The story is told that Blondin walked 160 feet above the falls between Canada and the United States.  After crossing to the United States he then returned to Canada pushing a wheelbarrow while blindfolded.  It is said that he asked his audience “Do you beliee I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”  The crowd enthusiacally shouted “Yes!”  Blondin then asked “Who will get in the wheelbarrow?”  Nobody was willing to do that.  Their faith was not total and complete.  Jesus is asking us to “get in the wheelbarrow” and trust Him to take us safely across.
  • Jesus declared that the time was fulfilled.  The perfect time for the Son of God to come..

Galatians 4:4-7 – But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

  • There are several reasons we might see that Jesus came at this particular time in history.  At that time there was an international language that all the citizens of the empire spoke – Greek.  The Roman Empire had created a great road system and there was peace making travel easy.  Although these are reasons that we might think made this the “fullness of time” ultimately we cannot know for certain why God felt this was the time.
  • God sent Jesus for one purpose – to make us his sons and daughters and to thereby have a relationship with Him.

BUT

  • We must accept that redemption
  • We must believe in the Gospel – the Good News
  • We must believe and receive

Galatians 3:26 – For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

  • Repent and believe in the Gospel
    • Repent – to change one’s way of living; to confess wrong; to change one’s mind or purpose – Turning from sin – turning to God
    • Believe – commit; entrust; agree; obey; persuade; trust; yield

2 Timothy 1:12 – For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Be Faithful

Hebrews 3:12-15

Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said:  “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

  • Believer

Believe, do not doubt. 

Praise the Lord.  Do not pout.

In Him Trust.  It’s a must.

  • Exhort
    • Lift up
    • Console, strengthen
    • Admonish
    • Beseech, to urge, comfort
    • To call out to a person and offer aid
    • To speak of, recommend, advise
    • Urge forward
    • Call to one’s side

Romans 15:4 – For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

  • Exhort one another DAILY while it is called today.  In other words, do not delay….do it NOW.
  • Why today?  Because now is the day of salvation.  The present time because we have no guarantee of tomorrow. 
  • Be an encourager today because disappointment, discouragement, temptations are all there, ready to deceive. 
  • Be an encourager today because Satan strikes at the Christian to deceive, kill and destroy when they are at their weakest point.  Therefore, always be ready to be an encourager NOW.
  • Endure to the end.  It is not enough to just confess Christ, just to say the sinner’s prayer.  But today, NOW, this hour, this time we must determine in our heart to serve God.
  • Today, if you will hear His voice
  • Do not turn away
    • Do not delay
    • Do not look back
    • Do not stray

Revelation 2:10 – …Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Sons and Heirs

Galatians 3:26-29, 4:1-7

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

SONS OF GOD

John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (authority) to become children of God, to those who believe on His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Romans 8:15-17 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 

Galatians 4:7 – Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

  • Sons through Faith

You are a prized possession of God through your faith in Christ.  You are SPECIAL – SOMEBODY IMPORTANT – BLESSED.   WHY?   You were purchased though His blood.  You as His child are “BORN FREE”.

  • Belief in Christ Jesus

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Belief on His Name

Romans 10:13 – For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. 

  • Belief in the Power of His shed Blood

Romans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Ephesians 1:7-8 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. 

  • No one is treated differently

Romans 10:12 – For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.

Acts 10:36 – …The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all.

Ephesians 6:9 – …And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

  • Race – Jew or Greek
  • Status – Slave or Free
  • Gender – Male or Female
  • You are one in Christ Jesus

Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

Colossians 3:11 – …there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

  • One in Belief

Ephesians 4:4-6  – There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one  God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.   

We are all equal at the foot of the cross.  We have all received forgiveness in the same way.  We are all part of the same family.                        

  • One in Acceptance

Romans 5:2 – through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

  • One in Adoption

Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’.

HEIRS OF PROMISE

Romans 8:17 – and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…

  • Christ’s through Faith. 

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  • Abraham’s Seed.

Galatians 3:17 – Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.