Jesus: To Believe or Not to Believe
READ | Matthew 16:13-20
When Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:15-16). The Lord asks us the same question, though not with audible words. Let's check scripture for answers.
First, Jesus is God the Son—a member of the Trinity. After Christ's baptism, the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, and the Father Himself announced, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased" (Matt. 3:17).
Next, Christ is the Savior of mankind. When Adam and Eve chose to sin against Jehovah, there was a separation between God and man. In Old Testament times, an animal sacrifice was necessary to atone for the wrong in one's life. But that was a temporary solution, until Jesus—the perfect sacrifice—atoned once for all sin. He was the only One who could satisfy God's requirement for a Savior, because He had no sin (2 Cor. 5:21).
Finally, He is our High Priest (Heb. 4:15; 7:26). In Old Testament times, a mediator—often a temple priest—interceded between God and man, offering an animal's blood as atonement for sin. Jesus' death and resurrection took away the need for such sacrifice. Christ now stands as our intercessor, the bridge between Holy God and sinful man.
Who do you believe Jesus is? These characteristics of Christ are taken directly from the Bible. Do they align with your understanding? Check your view of Him against the standard of scripture. Then ask the Lord to reveal Himself so that you can know Him accurately and personally.
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