April 16

Written by Bill Grandi on April 16th, 2024

Jesus once asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” The answers were wide and varied. “Some say you are John the Baptizer.” “Some say you are Elijah.”  “Some say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” {My note: that sure is a wide range of people. Sort of like take a spin and pick a prophet}.

“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked them.

“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Peter spoke for all of them when he said that.  (Full story in Matthew 16:13-16)

That same question is asked of us today. Our response should be the same as Peter’s. But we can also add some depth to it. I’m going to put Paul’s answer to that question and simply ask you to ponder it today. It comes from Colossians 1:16-20. Because of length, check back tomorrow when I plan to spend a bit of time discussing some of it.

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and things we can’t see-such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself.  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”  (NLT)

As you read, pray for discernment. There is a (false) teaching making the rounds for the past several years (courtesy of Bethel and other cults) which says Jesus was not fully human and fully divine from conception and birth to His death and resurrection. (More tomorrow). This passage blows that apart. But there is more, a whole lot more. Read slowly. Read prayerfully. Read with your eyes wide open.

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. I will contemplate these verses today, Bill, and look forward to reading more tomorrow. Discernment is God’s gift to us, and one we can use wisely when we look to God for His guidance.
    Blessings!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You are right Martha. It is God’s gift to us. And it is one we need to be more aware of. Thanks for taking the suggestion.

  2. Ryan S. says:

    I will withhold my commentary until tomorrow as I expect your thoughts will closely line up with my own.
    Does give pause, however, teaser… something to ponder… Mind, Body, Spirit.

  3. gail says:

    Amen Bill. There are two things you can count on for sure that will be answered prayers from God, when you pray for discernment and wisdom. God promises those things to those who seek Him.

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