As we are called to preach the Gospel to all creation; all big and small, rich and poor, young and old, Jew and Gentile, every tribe and nation, we need to understand what it is we are to preach. Is it life or death, is it salvation or damnation. Is it the words of the prophets, apostles and disciples or is it the words of CHRIST?
The calling of the prophets, apostles and disciples are to be the words of Christ, am I correct? However, the prophets, apostles, and disciples are men of flesh, correct? Every word of scripture God-ordained is it not?
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16&17
With all that said, and keep in mind we are all a work in progress. I want to share some really good words of wisdom, knowledge and prophecy God has revealed to me some years ago and now has enlightened it even more.
As we see the disciples sharing their thoughts on Who is Jesus, lets take a closer look:
Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Let us also peek at what Marks version left out about Peter in Matthews version;
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.” Matthew 16:17-19
Let us realize here that Jesus is asking them “Who Do YOU say that I AM?” He is not asking who does everyone else say that He is. But “Who do YOU say that I AM?” Also note that He is stating that Peters answer is what HIS CHURCH WILL BE FOUNDED ON, NOT THAT IT WAS PETER THE MAN, BUT PETERS HEART LED ANSWER TO THE QUESTION. Then note that He is stating that it wasn’t from flesh and blood that Peter made this claim but it was from God in heaven. And that the gates or hell shall not prevail against it, and that the keys to heaven are given to the CHURCH (believers) upon this proclamation!
Now lets look at Jesus last response here: Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. – Matt 16:20
Jesus is stating here that it isn’t what we “tell” people to believe because all people must personally answer for themselves the question, “Who Do YOU say that HE is?”
See everyone has to come to the conclusion themselves that Christ is/was the Messiah; our Savior, our Deliverer, the Way, the Truth and the Light! Our revealed King, Shepherd, Brother, Teacher, Guide, Friend, Ruler, Companion, Redeemer, the very bread of life, the very Word of the Almighty God Yeshua, the Door , the Anointed Omega King Emmanuel!
We cannot tell people who HE is- we can only give our testimony of who He is to us, and allow God to be God. Allow others to come to Christ in their own time, because it is only by personal conviction of WHO HE is that saves!
Let us also keep in mind that one must be convicted by the HOLY SPIRIT to operate from the Spirit. Until one is absolutely born again they cannot see the kingdom of God; therefore they are not held to the highest standards that we are as born again believers. Everyone’s day of salvation is a different day, so may we always preach LIFE! Let us stop speaking death.
God will be God and bring us to repentance as He wills. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8&9
I have more on this revelation but I will make that my September blog.. to be continued. 🙂
All my proclaimed LOVE, Diana