“Thou art the Christ…” —Matthew 16:16
Read Matthew 16:13-20
The Lord Jesus headed to the north country with His disciples. As they walked, He asked them what people thought of Him. The answers His followers give Him are not negative. But then He asks them personally who they think He is: “Whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).
This is a penetrating question, which Peter answered as follows: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Peter was convinced that the Lord Jesus was more than a prophet. He saw Him as the Saviour, although he did not yet understand everything.
Later on in Scripture we see a different side of Peter, which may make you exclaim: “Is this the same Peter who made such a beautiful confession earlier on?” Yes, this is Peter, who was impulsive in doing good as well as evil.
But, what does the Lord Jesus mean to you? Try to give an honest answer and do not try to hide behind your inability to answer positively because you may be unconverted. When you do this you reveal your shameful condition.
Perhaps you would like to give a positive answer as Peter did, but you do not dare to do this for you know yourself all too well. If so, read Matthew 16:17 and ask the Lord to open your heart so that you also might make this confession.
What is the content of Peter’s confession?
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