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Whom do you say that I am? 9.1.2015

Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

As Jesus continued His ministry in which He came to do His Father's will in bringing forgiveness to fallen sinners, one day He had the conversation that is placed above in which He asked two questions. The first one was a general question which could be like "What is being said about me?" What do you hear others saying about me?" After hearing their responses, He then asked a direct question of His disciples, asking them "Whom YOU say that I am?" Peter, the first to respond in many cases gave a statement of faith when he said, "Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God!"

We have just finished a short sermon series in the book of Daniel in which we were reminded of how God superintends all human events, His presence goes before and with those whom He has called to Himself, and His kingdom is one over which He reigns forever. From the beginning of the scripture we are able to see the thread of redemption that is being brought forth through time according to the purposes and timetable of God Himself. When it is the right time, He will break into time by being born in the flesh, The Incarnate Lamb of God, the Messiah. But many missed Him when He came, even though He showed them plainly and told them plainly of His Person and of His Work.

In the Gospel of John the basic questions of life are revealed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the Word. All people have a worldview in which convictions as to one's origin, one's basis of morality and one's destination after death are held. How one views creation, the fall and redemption determine how one lives their life in preparation for death. John's Gospel addresses our beginning with the following words:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

We will be spending some time in John's Gospel in our Sunday morning worship services as we worship Him in spirit and in truth, as we have fellowship with Them and with one another, and as we hear the Word of Christ shared among us. You are invited to begin to read through the Gospel of John on a regular basis so that when the message is brought forth from this wonderful Gospel, you will be familiar with the readings. It is not our intent to go through the Gospel verse by verse, but to take certain sections of this Gospel which largely highlight the I AM statements of Jesus.

It is our hope and prayer that through spending time in this Gospel that we will be drawn closer by Christ, that we will be strengthened in faith in Him and that we will become better equipped to "sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15.

May the following prayer that was given to Apostle Paul be our prayer as we have fellowship in Him and with Him.

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Pastor Orval
Posted on 01 Sep 2015 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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