Updated: Apr 7
Are we each in full agreement, that The LORD knows it all, and that nothing is hidden from HIS Sight?" And that when The LORD asks a question, it's not because HE doesn't’t know the answer. You can be sure HE is simply making a point.
Consider the point HE made, through Mathew 16:5-16
Now when HIS disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then, JESUS said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees.
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, it is because we have taken no bread.
But JESUS, being aware of it, said to them, 'O you of little FAITH, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? - but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees.
When JESUS came into the region of Cesarea Philippi,
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.
When this scene took place, The LORD and HIS disciples were in Caesarea Philippi, away from their own territory. It was a place of idolatry and oppression, a threatening place both spiritually and politically. And it was there, in this environment, that The LORD posed two important questions about the perception of HIS identity. HE wasn’t interested in HIS popularity rating. HE was simply making a point, because HE wanted HIS followers to be absolutely sure about The One they were following.
Today our culture is just as hostile and opposed to JESUS, The WORD of The LIVING GOD, as when HE first asked the question: Who do men say that I, The Son of Man, AM?
And just as it was in the day, that GOD’S WORD became flesh, people offer a long list of inadequate and incorrect ideas about JESUS, ranging from a good teacher all the way down to divisive and intolerant.
Yet, the real question that matters for humanity's eternal future, continues to be: Who do you say that I AM?
Consider what Peter boldly declared, You are The CHRIST, The Son of The LIVING GOD.
To Peter’s accuracy, The LORD, responded, by saying: Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but MY FATHER Who is in HEAVEN.
The LORD JESUS, said, that Peter’s accurate confession was GOD-GIVEN insight, and that he was Blessed because of his bold declaration. And surely, he was, Beloved! Even as we are!
For we are among the Blessed, that The LORD spoke of, when HE said to Thomas, in John 20:29
Thomas, because you have seen ME, you have believed.
Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.
You see, we are Blessed!
Even as Peter was Blessed!
But what he wasn't, isn't, and could never be! Is The ROCK that The LORD mentioned, when HE later spoke these WORDS from Mathew 16:18
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.
JESUS CHRIST, is The ROCK, because HE is The CHRIST,
The WORD of The LIVING GOD.
HE is The WORD that is The ROCK solid foundation, Who in the beginning spoke, saying: Let there be LIGHT, and there was LIGHT." HE is The WORD that we Believed, when we recieved GOD'S TRUTH, that speaks of the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST JESUS, for the remission of sins.
HE is The WORD of TRUTH, that we came to know, when HE said to Philip in John 14: 7-14
If you had known ME, you would have known MY FATHER also; and from now on you know HIM and have seen HIM.
Now I ask you, Beloved Brethren; Who was Philip looking at, when The LORD spoke these WORDS? JESUS?
Philip, still clueless, said: LORD, show us The FATHER, and it is sufficient for us.
JESUS, said to him, Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known ME, Philip?
He who has seen ME, has seen The FATHER; so how can you say, Show us The FATHER?
Do you not believe that I AM in The FATHER, and The FATHER in ME?
The WORDS that I speak to you, I do not speak on MY Own authority; but the FATHER Who dwells in ME does the works. Believe ME that I AM in the FATHER and The FATHER in ME, or else believe ME for the sake of the works themselves.
I spoke to a woman the other day, who said that she knew JESUS. I then, asked her, Do you know HIM, as The WORD that spoke from a burning bush, and said to Moses: I AM Who I AM? She quickly replied, saying; No, that was JEHOVAH, GOD, The FATHER!
I then, said to her, Don't you believe, that it was The WORD of GOD that proceeded from the burning bush? She said, yes, I do!
Do you know that that's Who JESUS CHRIST, is?
And that it was HE, Who became flesh, in order to pay for, and take away our sins? So that we wouldn't pay for them, in a place called, Hell?" She quickly replied, saying, I don't believe in a place called, Hell!
So I then asked her, "Do you believe that JESUS CHRIST, is a liar?
Because HE clearly spoke these WORDS from Mathew 18:9, saying: And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into LIFE with one, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into Hell fire.
And if you don't believe The WORD of The LIVING GOD; What then, are you calling GOD?
Please know, that this is why, The LORD spoke these WORDS from John 8:23-24, saying: You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are from this world; I AM not of this world.
Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; if you do not believe that I AM HE, you will die in your sins.
Do you now see, why The LORD, spoke these WORDS from John 14:9
Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known ME, Philip? He who has seen ME, has seen The FATHER; so how can you say, Show us The FATHER?
Can you see, I asked?
She then, said; No, I don't believe that!
Many people refuse to believe, I said to her, what GOD has spoken, and for our eternal benefit, had written.
You see, GOD, not willing that any should perish, prepared The WAY of Everlasting LIFE.
And this LIFE, 1st John 5:10-11 tells us, is in HIS Son.
Consider how it reads: He who believes in the Son of GOD has the witness in himself; he who does not believe GOD has made HIM a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that GOD has given of HIS Son. And this is the testimony: that GOD has given us Eternal LIFE, and this LIFE is in HIS Son.