All Scripture references are taken from the NET2 translation unless otherwise noted.
“Once when Jesus was praying by himself, and his disciples were nearby, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They answered, “John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others that one of the prophets of long ago has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 But he forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Luke 9:18-22.
Everyone has been asked at some point a question similar to this, “What do you think of ‘so and so’?” Oftentimes we may not think much before giving an answer, but there may be another moment when we might need to ‘study’ a moment before giving an answer. The answer one gives could be slanderous or encouraging, depending upon the moment. That answer is always important for our opinions of others may very well be shaded or valued, depending upon one critical word or phrase.
Consider Your Source
Matthew records the same moment, but a little differently than Luke. Luke writes that Peter said that Jesus is the “Christ of God” and Matthew recorded Peter’s answer as being, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15. But, there is more that Matthew shares with us in verse 16, “And Jesus answered him, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven!” And that last phrase is voluminous in importance. Peter may not have understood his response, but Jesus filled in the blanks by saying, “Peter, you did not come up with this on your own. This is a “God-thing” that you said.”
When you and I speak about God; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we must always be certain that our information comes directly from the inerrant and infallible Word of God. This Book must be our source of information concerning how we feel and think about Him. If our statements concerning Him are not accurate we will be held accountable. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:14-17, “You, however, must continue in the things you have learned and are confident about. You know who taught you 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.” We know from this statement that the Word of God comes to us from Him for reason of “teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”
If our source of information is not structured upon the Bible, we are in error when giving information concerning Jesus Christ. For this reason it is important to understand that we must not allow our experiences to interpret the Word of God, but, rather, the Word of God must be the foundation upon how we live. The Word of God must interpret who we are and how we live. Therefore, when people give an answer to questions concerning who we are, their answers will be interpreted by what they know of us. Are our lives duplicating what we have learned from the Word of God?
Back to the original question, “Who do you say that I am?” This is a question coming from Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God; Who is our Savior and Lord? Before you give an answer, “Whose are You?”
Jesus is Lord.