Saturday, October 5, 2013

Word of the Day... October 5, 2013...

When you were in school, maybe you took a class as a "pass/fail" course, where those were the only two options: You either passed or you didn't. Or you might have been given a test that was "pass/fail." And you knew that in those tests, the fewer the questions, the more important they were.

In Matthew 16:13-17, Jesus gave His disciples a pass/fail test with just two questions. But the quiz had a twist...question one didn't count.

At this point, our Lord had been training His disciples for about two and a half years, teaching them about Himself and about truth. They had seen and heard so much, but how much did they grasp as to His own identity? Did they really understand who He was?

He took them to an interesting setting to ask these questions. Caesarea Philippi is about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, at the headwaters of the Jordan River, the artery that feeds life to the whole country of Israel. It was a place of significance to Israel, but it was important also to pagans. There were no fewer than 14 pagan temples on that site...temples to Baal, to the god Pan, even one for Caesar Augustus. It's as if Jesus deliberately took them to this spot to contrast all of that with Himself.

Here's the simple pass/fail quiz He gave them. Question number one: "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" (v. 13). He wanted to contrast what people said about Him with what they knew Him to be. They answered, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets" (v. 14). But like I said, that first question didn't count; it was just a warm-up. The second one was the pass/fail question that would determine the fate of the disciples: "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter got it right. He said, "You are the Christ; the Son of the living God" (vv. 15-16).

Christ was not Jesus' last name. Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew mashiach, or Messiah. It means the anointed one, the one chosen by God. So Peter was saying, "You are the Messiah, the promised one, the one the prophets have spoken about." And the idea of the Son of God is that Jesus has the essence and nature of His Father. "You are the Son of the Living God" is an affirmation of His deity.

Jesus said, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven" (v. 17). Peter didn't come up with that answer on his own. It came as a revelation to his heart from God.

OK, guess what? This is a quiz that everyone has to take. And it's still pass/fail; there is only one right answer. Do you know it? Has God revealed it to you by His Spirit? It doesn't matter what anyone else says. Who do you say Jesus is?

I agree with Peter.  I say that He is the Savior of the world and the Son of the Living God and that no man can come to the Father but through Him!!! 

I really enjoy how Skip Heitzig writes.  He really makes you think about your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and His soon coming. He asks us to examine our hearts and to see if our walk with Jesus is an authentic one.  I believe that we are in the last days and that Jesus could call us home at any time.  If He did are you ready? 

God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today.

This results in separation from God and ends in misery. The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  Maranatha!!!


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