While he was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back.” “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
Luke 9:18-20 CSB
Peter was the second disciple we know of to confess Jesus as the longed-for Messiah for centuries! (Nathaniel’s confession, though he may not have fully understood yet, is recorded in John 1:49.) How exciting to be one of His chosen followers! And yet, followers today are chosen also.
Matthew 16:17 records the same scene, and adds these words of Jesus, …“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven.” We cannot come to a knowledge of the truth without the One Who “guides us into all truth” (Holy Spirit) revealing it to us.
If you have realized Jesus is the Son of God and Savior of the world, it was God’s Holy Spirit that revealed this to you, choosing you to participate in the greatest plan the world has ever known. It is God’s plan for the redemption of mankind.
God might have created us to be robots; instead, He gave us free will, because He wanted it to be our choice. If you have not embraced Jesus, please give His invitation your undivided attention. You can trust in the hope of the world today, giving the rest of your life eternal meaning and a sure destination.
The message of the gospel is so simple a child may understand it. In a nutshell, it is this:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
John 3:16-18 NLT
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