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October 27th, 2015

Who Do You Say That I Am?

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” Matthew 16:15-16 (ESV)

Throughout the centuries following the coming of Christ, humanity has been forced to make a decision as to His true identity. Who was He really? Was He another great prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah? Was He simply a charismatic leader? Or was He truly the 2nd person of the trinity incarnate? Where you fall in this debate is of the utmost importance as the answer forms the foundation of saving faith.

Jesus was more than simply a prophet, and He was more than another charismatic leader. He came proclaiming Himself to be Lord! He came as the anointed one of God chosen to rectify the damage of sin and restore creation. Any other conclusion denies the testimony of Scripture. As C.S. Lewis famously wrote in Mere Christianity, anyone who claimed what Jesus claimed could not be considered a moral teacher, if indeed He was not the Son of God, for His morality would be rejected as He would be proclaimed either a liar or a lunatic. Lewis’ “trilemma” is simply stated: either Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord!

My friends, there can be no marginal or mild response to Jesus. Either you proclaim Him to be the Christ, repent, and follow Him with complete devotion, or you reject Him as the Lord and choose to continue to follow the path of self-exaltation. He cannot be just another voice in the volumes of history. Either He is unique or He is not. Who do you say that Jesus is? Moreover, do your life and actions reflect that sentiment as true belief?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Christ, Matthew, Profession.
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October 27th, 2012

Who Do You Say That I Am?

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” Matthew 16:15-16 (ESV)

Throughout the centuries following the coming of Christ, humanity has been forced to make a decision as to His true identity. Who was He really? Was He another great prophet like Isaiah or Jeremiah? Was He simply a charismatic leader? Or was He truly the 2nd person of the trinity incarnate? Where you fall in this debate is of the utmost importance as the answer forms the foundation of saving faith.

Jesus was more than simply a prophet, and He was more than another charismatic leader. He came proclaiming Himself to be Lord! He came as the anointed one of God chosen to rectify the damage of sin and restore creation. Any other conclusion denies the testimony of Scripture. As C.S. Lewis famously wrote in Mere Christianity, anyone who claimed what Jesus claimed could not be considered a moral teacher, if indeed He was not the Son of God, for His morality would be rejected as He would be proclaimed either a liar or a lunatic. Lewis’ “trilemma” is simply stated: either Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord!

My friends, there can be no marginal or mild response to Jesus. Either you proclaim Him to be the Christ, repent, and follow Him with complete devotion, or you reject Him as the Lord and choose to continue to follow the path of self-exaltation. He cannot be just another voice in the volumes of history. Either He is unique or He is not. Who do you say that Jesus is? Moreover, do your life and actions reflect that sentiment as true belief?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 293:  Matthew 16; Mark 8)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Christ, Matthew, Profession.
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