THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A student at the university had forgotten to write a paper for the
He rushed to the library, found an article in a magazine on his
assigned subject, and copied the article.
When the paper came back from the professor, it was marked,
"EXCELLENT PAPER ---- F."
The student approached the professor after class and asked,
"Why did you say it was an excellent paper, but you gave me an F?"
The professor smiled and said, "If you had read the 'byline' on that
magazine article you copied, you would have noticed that
I'm the one that wrote it!"
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.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,
but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
From the Scripture above, one cannot help but notice the call to Christ
is a call to a personal profession of faith in Him.
Jesus already knew what other people said, but He asked
"...whom say ye that I am?"
Peter's answer reflects a personal conviction of Jesus as the Christ
(see verse 16).
That answer, Jesus said, came because God, the Father, had revealed
the truth to Peter (verse 17).
It was upon this personal profession of Jesus as Christ that the church
would be built (verse 18)!
The name Peter means small, placeable stone.
But the word rock, in the same verse, means huge mass of rock.
The church is built upon only one Person—Jesus.
The church is built upon the “rock” of personal profession of Jesus as
Christ and Lord of our lives.
The open avowal of Jesus as the Living Son of God, THE Christ, and
Lord of our lives is the solid rock upon which His church is built!
"On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand."
The call to salvation is a call to have a personal, intimate relationship
That call means acknowledging Jesus as Lord and becoming WHAT
He wants, and serving WHERE He wants.
Whom say YE that Jesus is?
True faith dares the soul to go beyond what the eyes see!