Matthew 16:13-18 (KJV) CONFESSION OF PETER

06.30.19

This is one of the most dramatic revelations ever made. Jesus has slipped away to find a quiet place to reveal himself, Caesarea Philippi, apart from the crowds of people but in a very unholy city. Caesarea Philippi was a center of Baal worship there they worshiped many Gods, they had 14 temples, and Herod the great was praised there.  The city proclaimed far and wide the worship of Caesar and of the gods of one's choice, that is, the worship of all except the One true and living God. It is in this city this pagan evil, the wicked city that Jesus asks His question, "Who do men say that I the Son of man am?"

            Jesus says who do men say that I am and the confusion begins. Look at what they answer. They told Some say that thou art John the Baptist: who was the forerunner the herald that proclaimed His coming,  some, Elias; or Elijah who defeated the prophets of Baal and others, Jeremias, Jeremiah the weeping prophet or one of the prophets. See the rumors were rampant of who Jesus was. Men all over the world have different opinions about who Jesus is. Mankind is still confused about who Jesus is. Jesus is concerned about all men and wants all to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, all to be saved none lost, so they must know who Jesus is. The Church ought to be concerned who men think Jesus is. That's why He gave us the Great Commission.  The Church ought to be telling men Who Jesus is. Some in the world believe He was just a good man, others say Jesus was a prophet, some believe He was a significant teacher. And others don't think Jesus is the Son of God. Some think there was no such man as Jesus,  the Bible tells us who Jesus is, but you must accept Him into your heart to know who He is. Only when He has taken up residence in your heart, when He has transformed your Life, healed your wounded spirit, regulated your mind, and you have tasted His goodness can you know who Jesus is.

But Jesus comes back to them. 15  He saith unto them, But who say ye that I am?

 Jesus asks His disciples an important and very grave question! A question that on the answer given will determine a person destiny. How a person answers the questions determines where he or she will spend eternity, with God in heaven or apart from God in hell. How you answer this question will determine how you live, what morals are values you have. Knowing who Jesus is saints, is not about Biblical knowledge but a spiritual and heart knowledge. Jesus needed a clear definitive answer from His disciples of who He was from them. They had been with Him Jesus for 3 years, but He needed to here then confess who He was. See you got to confess with mouth and believe in your heart, and the only way to understand is if the holy spirit comes into your heart.

Peters Confession:

16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Simon Peter said you the Christ, the Messiah, which both means the anointed one. Peter is saying, you the seed promised, the redeemer, the deliverer, Son of the Living God. Peter, in His confession, relates Jesus to The Father by saying He is the Son of the Living God. Peter, the leader, now declares that He is the Messiah. Peter was speaking for the rest of the disciples when H e made His declaration.

17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. You cannot know who Jesus is by book reading, knowledge, or institution, only by the Holy Spirit. Man cannot come to know Christ in a personal way through natural wisdom or study. You cannot know by what Mother and Daddy taught you, the Church can Teach about Him, but they can't bring you to know. And you Got to know Him for yourself.  Jesus says blessed art thou Simon Barjona. Why was He blessed? Because now His name is written in the book of Life, now He has eternal Life, His name written on a pillar of the heavenly city, He has a seat in the kingdom. The Father in Heaven through the Holy Spirit, let's one receive Jesus in the heart and know Him as He is. Jesus is revealed to each of us by Divine revelation from the Father. Oh, Bless His Name.

The declaration of Jesus:

18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this Rock, I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Jesus says thou art Peter and the word for Peter was Rock, then Jesus says,  and upon this Rock, I will build my Church. He did not say, Upon you, Peter, I will build my Church, but Jesus uses the word (Petra) that is the present feminine tense for Rock. So Jesus would have meant He was building His Church on the confession that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God. Now listen I have a problem with the Church when we grab this text and say the Church is built on Peter,  It's not built on Peter but His confession. Peter was one of the instruments God used to build His Church, but He was not the foundation.

Ephesians tells us the Church is built on the foundation and teaching of the apostles, but the cornerstone is Jesus. He is the stone the builders rejected but now is the base.

Eph 2:20  says, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. The Church of Christ is not founded on any mere man, no matter how holy, enlightened, or devoted he may be. The Church cannot be built on a man, not the pastor, the pope, because man is fallible. It could not be made on Moses the wine-bibber, It could not be established on Abraham Father of faith, could not be built on David who  committed adultery, could not be erected on Solomon because of infidelity, could not be founded on Peter who denied Jesus, but built on the confession Jesus is The Christ, Son of the Living God. Built on Jesus blood and righteous. Don't build your Church your faith on any Man he is sinking sand but on Jesus the solid Rock.

Jesus declared I will build my Church, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. The forces of hell cannot prevail against it, the devil and all his demons cannot overcome it, mans corruption cannot destroy it, the gates of Hades which hold in the dead cannot over power the kingdom. The Church will never die nothing in this world nor the world to come can overpower the Church, glory to God. It's the Lord's Church. He purchased it with His blood, we are the Church, and the Church is founded on the Rock. He is that spiritual Rock. The chief cornerstone, He is a stone of stumbling and Rock of offense, He is chosen and honored,  and the One who believes in Him will never be put to shame!

He is the Rock on which I stand, anybody know Him?



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Paul said, Philippians 3:10-11 (KJV) 10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11  If by any means, I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. He was raised on the third, so shall all those that sleep in Christ. Those that have died in the faith, believing in the Jesus Christ and confessing Him as Savior, when the great trumpet sound we shall rise and forever be with the Lord. The power same power that raised Him from the grave shall raise us, give us a sanctified, Holy, incorruptible, undefiled, body. The Cross of Christ was not the shame of an impotent Savior. The Cross was not the disgrace of a human redeemer, no to all that believe it is the Cross of redemption.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


OUR WORTH TO GOD


Now when we ask that question, most people began to think of how much money they have, their possessions, land or cars, jewelry, their portfolio, etc. They start calculating what material wealth they have. But our value or wealth is not in the things we possess because we own nothing, "the earth is the Lords and fullness thereof," and He has loaned to us for a little while.

Our worth is not in our occupation, our position, or our accomplishments. Some would say the doctor is worth more than the sanitation worker, the lawyer more than the nurse, or the President more than the High school teacher. But that is what one does that's not what you worth.  No matter your position in life, king or are a ditch digger, and you are valuable and essential to God. Some people have their worth tied up in other people. But then what happens when that person is gone? If your worth comes from people, money, your work, then what happens when these things are gone?

            Listen, my friends, God created us in His image, and He took the time to call a council in the beginning and made us. Breathed the breath of life into us, we have His nature, qualities of being able to think and reason, know right from wrong, created us with plans and purpose, you have worth.

Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB) Says,  For I know the plans I have for you"—⌊this is⌋ the LORD's declaration—"plans for ⌊your⌋ welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. God created each of us with plans and hope for us. If you living beneath your privilege it's not God's fault. He wants more for you, you got get up and go get it!  Sometimes slaves stay slaves because they don't know they free!

God sent his only begotten Son to die on Calvary for you, to break the yoke of sin that you might live eternally with Him. So, see how much you worth to God. Don't listen to the world; stand on the word of God.

            We must see ourselves as God sees us. How you see yourself makes a world of difference in how you live. Most people live by what people think of them, but we ought to live by what the Bible says I am? Do you see yourself as a valuable person? You and I are the pinnacle of God's creation. We are His creme de la creme, His masterpiece, His crowning achievement. There is not a living soul that is not precious in the sight of God. That wine-o, drug addict, prostitute, abused child, housewife, criminal, all are important to God, special in sight of God.

A lot of people live the way they live because they feel they have no value; no one cares; they devalue themselves. People will get in the mind frame "I'm just a nobody, not worth anything, their life is meaningless.  But God proved we have worth because He sent Jesus to Die to prove His love. Don't listen to negative people that say stuff about you. What they say can't bring me down when God is lifting me up! Somebody said something negative, and because you don't feel positive about yourself, you take the negative stuff to heart. If you know who you are in Christ, what does it matter what others say? Listen to this; someone said,  "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."

When you know your worth in God, No one can make you feel worthless!

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) Paul says, "He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." You special Jesus chose you in Him.  It's not what others think of you it's what you think of yourself. You can't love yourself unless you like yourself. You can't like yourself unless you respect yourself.  And when you respect yourself more, you won't fall in the traps of sin Satan sets for you. Never worry about what others say about you; it's about what you know about yourself.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God has a purpose for every Christian, and He works in our lives for a reason. We are His workmanship. What does that mean? The word "workmanship" is from the Greek word poiema {poy'-ay-mah}. This word forms our English word "poem." It means "that which is made or a masterpiece."

We are God's poem or masterpiece. Like the poet that pens the lines of his poem, the Lord is writing the script of our lives. He has a story for us to live if we will follow and obey Him.

The Psalmist said, to keep me as the apple of thine eye." You have worth, worth more than silver or Gold. He brought you with His precious blood.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) Paul said, What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? You are the temple of the Holy Ghost, it abides in you, the third part of the Godhead, to teach and lead, guide you into all truth. Help you stand, fight the good fight, to comfort in trials.

Isaiah 49:16 (KJV) tells us

16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

 Luke 12:6-8 (KJV)

6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

7  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

8  Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

If you been born again? Listen Good,

In Him you are worthy, beautiful, chosen, precious, loved, fully known, valuable, redeemed, and forgiven, Child of the King, heir to the promise, already set in the heavenlies. Somebody ought to shout.

1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."