The Spirit’s Voice
“…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 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.” (Mt 16:13-21) NKJV
Why would Jesus be keen to know what people say who He was? Was His personal identity unknown to Himself or was it a problem to people; not believing and misunderstanding Him? Was He not sure of whom His own disciples thought of Him? What kind of knowledge do people today have of the Christ?
It may never be out place for this question to be resounded to the hearing of many and even church people today; ‘Don’t mind what people think of me’ Jesus was pointing to His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter’s answer to this penetrating question impressed the Master. It was neither Peter’s intellect nor head knowledge that gave him understanding of whom Jesus was; neither should the same inform us about Him today.
When people’s spiritual understanding of God, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is limited, they end up making unimpressive and meaningless comments about Him and giving wrong interpretation of His Word. “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Some even called Him a carpenter’s son; others called Him Beelzebub; others looked at Him as a blasphemer; others said He was a glutton, a friend to tax collectors and sinners; the list is endless! Even so today, many do not know what to say about the Lord Jesus, they only say what other people think of Him.
And also in like manner, many trustworthy servants of God are called names today. By His grace, we are courageous to caution people, not to rush in making either negative or positive comments about ministers and other Christians except it is revealed from above; ‘…for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’ We all needthis special grace to be able to receive His Spirit’s intimation to speak well of the Son of God, before making comments pertaining spiritual things and appraising men of God and other Christians.
Do not rely on what others say, neither should any depend on information from the media or make rushing conclusions about the situation around us, people and situations can change; of course, God can transform us; it is only safer to trust in God to reveal Himself to us. Who do people say you are; who do people say I am?