Summary of passage: In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his disciples who people were saying were the Son of Man. They said some thought John the Baptist or Elijah or Jeremiah or other prophets. So Jesus asked them directly whom they thought was the Son of Man. Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
4a) John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or other prophets
b) Christ, the Son of the living God
c) Neither. Jesus says it was divine revelation from God, the Father in heaven
d) Personal Question. My answer: Agree. It affects every aspect of my life for once you believe in who Jesus is your life is no longer your own. My every breath is for him and no other. My righteousness is guaranteed and my home is in heaven forever.
5a) God, the Father in heaven
b) John 1:13: Believers were all born children of God (read verse 12 as well).
1 Corinthians 2:8-14: God’s wisdom is revealed to us by His Spirit so that we may understand who He is.
1 Corinthians 12:3: We know Jesus is Lord because of the Holy Spirit. We can only know that if we are His.
Conclusions: I always like an easy lesson after a rather difficult one (not that yesterday’s was difficult per se–but it did require a bunch more research). I also like these lessons that have one simple lesson you cannot miss: God reveals Himself to His children through His Spirit that He gives us freely and graciously. We know we are His when We grasp who He is.
Map of Caesarea Philippi HERE
End Notes: Jesus is once again retreated to a predominantly Gentile location away from the Sea of Galilee in order to escape the crowds and have some quiet in order to instruct his disciples and make sure they know exactly who he is.
Fun Fact: This is the first time in Matthew Jesus is confessed to be the Christ or Messiah.
Only in Matthew do we see “Son of the living God”. In Mark’s account (Mark 8:29) and Luke’s (Luke 9:20) we do not see this.