The Christ – Matthew 16:16

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matthew 16:16

Meditation:  Are you a real Christian or an imaginary one?  Let me put it another way.  Who is Jesus of Nazareth?  This is the most important question a person can ask in this life, becaue the answer is life changing.  When Simon Peter confessed that the Lord is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, he made either the one of most ridiculous and heretical statements ever or the most important assertion in the history of the world.
Simply stating that Jesus is the Son of God is on one level, and the next and more important level is believing that statement in its fullest sense.  If you believe Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ or Chosen One of God the Father to reconcile His people to Himself, then you know something many people do not.  In fact, believing in Jesus as Savior and Lord is a most blessed thing that comes only from God the Father (John 6:44).  Praise Him for it!

Others acknowledge the existence of God and His Son, Jesus, and even the evil spirits know who He is but without faith.  Only the most ignorant deny the existence of Jesus as at least a historical figure.  What then should our faith do to us?  Or in the words of James, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” (James 2:14)  

Brother James goes on to outline how faith should drive our works (James 2:14-24).  Indeed by faith we are conformed to the image of Christ when our beliefs shape our thoughts and our actions.  Otherwise our faith is not real but imagined.  I pray that your faith is real and impactful.  Show the world your faith.  Be Christ to them.

Call To Action:  Read Romans 12.  See how the Apostle Paul appeals to our reasonable service as living a life dedicated to God’s glory.  The glory of God the Father and His Son is the higher purpose you are looking for.  Without this purpose, our lives are vain, and our faith is pointless.  Live your life transformed by the Word of God in His service.  This is seeking the Kingdom.

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