Who do you say I am ?
Jesus once asked his disciples this question who they said he was.
The question was answered by Simon Peter.
Matthew 16-15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Matthew 16-16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mark 8-29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Luke 9-20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
To which Jesus replied that it was his father that had revealed this.
Matthew 16-17 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.
Clearly if the father revealed something this was a truth.
Jesus made a very important statement regarding who he was.
John 8-24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Jesus put the importance of salvation on knowing who he was and believing he was he.
If we must believe that Jesus is he it must be important to know who is the he Jesus was referring to.
So who is Jesus? This was the very question that the pharisees asked Jesus right after he proclaimed that they must know who he is and Jesus answered them, the one he told them he was at the beginning.
John 8-25 25Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
When he was asked who he was he said he had told them at the beginning.
John 8-25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
So who at the beginning had Jesus said that he was?
At the beginning of his ministry Jesus walked into the synagogue and read from the scriptures and proclaimed to be the anointed one (the Messiah)
Luke 4- 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him
Jesus then claimed that the prophecy that was proclaimed in Isaiah was now fulfilled.
Luke 4- 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
So we see that from the beginning Jesus had claimed to be the Messiah. The one who fulfilled the scriptures.
When the samaritan woman stated she knew the Messiah was to come, Jesus claimed to be that him, the Messiah that she knew was to come.
John 4- 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things
Jesus replied that he was he.
John 4-.26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Jesus told the woman that he was the Messiah
Jesus believed himself to be the king
Luke 22-30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
John 18-36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Others understood that he was to be king
The thief on the cross
Luke 23-42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
The mother of the sons of Zebedee asked that her sons sit on the left and right of Jesus in his kingdom.
Matthew 20-21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
When the priest asked Jesus if he was the Christ, Jesus said he was (I am )
Mark 14- 61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Jesus told Nicodemus exactly who he was in
John 3- 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
He claimed to be the son of God.
Jesus clearly believed that he was the promised Messiah.
Simon Peter wasnt the only disciple that claimed Jesus was the son of God/The Messiah/ The Christ.
MAtthew 1-1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Mark 1-1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
John 1-49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 6- 68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
After Peter and John had healed a lame man people were filled with wonder how they had done such a thing. Peter told the people that it wasnt because of their own power
Acts 3- 12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
Peter continues that it was because of God who glorified his son.
Acts 3- 13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Jesus had told why he was glorified by the father.
John 17-1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
The father glorified the son so that through the son the father would be glorified.
And we see they were not the only ones.
The angel speaking to the shepherds when Jesus was Born pronounced him as the Christ
Luke 2- 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord
When Jesus Raises Lazarus from the dead He asks Martha
John 11- 26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Her reply was to call him the Christ the son of God. the one that should come into the world (The awaited Messiah)
John 11- 27She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
After Jesus had fed the 5000 the men who had seen the miracle sated he was the Messiah the prophet who should come.
John 6-14Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
We are told that the Ethiopian Eunuch wanted to be water Baptised Philip told him he could if he believed the Eunuch declared that he believed Jesus was the son of God.
Acts 8- 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Even a roman soldier calls him the son of God.
Matthew 27-54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
During the temptation in the wilderness Satan calls Jesus the son of God
Matthew 4- 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Matthew 4- 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
If Satan who was an angel and most certainly would have known God why did he call Jesus the son of God? If anyone was going to know the pre existent son it would be Satan.
Now probably the most importation of mentions of Jesus being the son of God and not God or even pre existing comes from God himself.
Matthew 3-17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
At the transfiguration of Jesus God says Jesus is his son and to hear him.
Mark 9-7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
And probably Gods most powerful statement where he said he has CHOSEN his servant
Matthew 12-18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Jesus Calls himself the son of God
John 9- 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
John 10-36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
He claimed to be the Son of God/ The Christ/ The Messiah
So who must we believe Jesus is?
We are clearly told exactly who we must believe Jesus is many times in the Bible
Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
1John 4-15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
1 John 5-5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
John states the reason for writing his Gospel is so that we will know that Jesus is the Christ the son of God…not God.
John 20- 31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
John also states in his later letters that those who deny that Jesus is the CHRIST is a liar
1 John 2- 22 is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son
Further stating that those who confess Jesus is the SON has god dwell in him.
1 John 4- 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
the one that overcomes the world is the one who believes Jesus is the SON of God.
1 John 5- 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Jesus even goes as far to say that the only true God is the father and that eternal life is to know the father who sent Jesus AND (distinction between) Jesus.
John 17- 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Never are we told that we must believe that Jesus is God, despite Jesus’ own claim about the importance of knowing who he is. There is not ONE verse that states we MUST believe Jesus is God.
So it has to be to asked. If I confess Jesus is the son of God and Lord, the Messiah and the Christ , even if the trinity or oneness was correct, how I can be wrong as my faith and proclamation of who Jesus is, is Biblical. I shall continue looking for the verse that says i must believe Jesus is God to be saved.
Who would you say Jesus was? Would it be the same as those that followed him, learned from him and witnessed him? Or would it be something else?