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Summary: THE DEITY OF CHRIST IS HIS SUPREME TRAIT.

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CHRIST’S DEITY

OBSERVATION: THE DEITY OF CHRIST IS HIS OUTSTANDING SUPREME TRAIT. CHRIST OUR LORD IS THE INVISIBLE IMAGE OF GOD.

INTERPRETATION: MATTHEW 16:16 (NKJV) SIMON PETER ANSWERED AND SAID, YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. MATTHEW 16:16 (THE BOOK) AND SIMON PETER ANSWERED, YOU ARE THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.

POINTS TO PONDER:

MATTHEW 16:13-17. JESUS AND THE APOSTLES TRAVELED UP TO CAESAREA PHILIPPI LOCATED IN NORTHERN PALESTINE. JESUS, THE SON OF GOD, WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE POPULACE WAS SAYING ABOUT HIM. HE THEN ASKED PETER TO GIVE HIS ASSESSMENT OF WHO HE WAS! PETER GAVE A GOOD REPLY!

COLOSSIANS 1: 16-17 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE) FOR IT WAS IN HIM THAT ALL THINGS WERE CREATED, IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, THINGS SEEN AND THING UNSEEN, WHETHER THRONES, DOMINIONS, RULERS OR AUTHORITIES; ALL THINGS WERE CREATED AND EXIST THROUGH HIM (BY HIS SERVICE, INTERVENTION) AND IN AND FOR HIM. IN ADDITION, HE HIMSELF EXISTED BEFORE ALL THINGS AND IN HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST-COHERE, ARE HELD TOGETHER.

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THE APOSTLE PETER, A WAFFLER IN THE FAITH, CAME TO THE REALITY OF WHO JESUS WAS. JESUS KNEW PETER COULD BE TRUSTED AND RECEPTIVE TO DEEPER TRUTHS AND DISCIPLESHIP.

CHRIST QUERIED PETER FOR A REASON. HIS RESPONSE WOULD BE PARAMOUNT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CHURCH (MATTHEW 16: 17-19).

THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD REFERS TO JESUS’ DEITY. SEVERAL FACTORS POINTS TO THIS REALITY: HE WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN. HE WAS IMMANUEL, GOD WITH US. HE WAS CALLED THE SON OF THE LIVING ONE AND LATER IDENTIFIED CHRIST AS GOD. PETER’S RESPONSE WAS POWERFUL AND DIRECT! DOUBTING TOMAS PLACED HIS HAND INTO JESUS’ SIDE AND DECLARED, MY LORD AND MY GOD (JOHN 20:27-29).

APPLICATION: CHRIST IS THE BEST, COMPLETE REVELATION OF GOD AND MAN.

HIS RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION PROVED HIS DEITY.


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