“At the point when Jesus came into the locale of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His pupils, saying, Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? So they stated, Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you say that I am? What’s more, Simon Peter addressed and stated, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus addressed and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for fragile living creature and blood has not uncovered this to you, but rather My Father who is in paradise” (Matthew 16:13-16).
General conclusion about Jesus Christ was blended; His Divinity was obscure to numerous. In the event that you had heard this humble Galilean woodworker in the primary century, would you have trusted Him to be the Son of God? Before you answer that question, recall that our Lord’s own “siblings did not trust Him” (John 7:1-5). In the event that you, similar to Peter, were ready to concede our Lord’s Deity, upon what premise would you have made your assurance? What confirmation would you utilize?
At the point when Jesus recognized Peter for his insistence of confidence, our Lord said the Father had uncovered to Peter that Christ was “the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:17). Have you at any point thought about how the Father uncovered this reality to Peter? There are a few ways Peter could have thought about the Deity of Christ. We should take a gander at a couple of these ways.
The Prophecy He Fulfilled
The Old Testament contains well more than 300 predictions concerning the Messiah. These predictions were made no less than 400 years before the introduction of Christ. Nobody else in all the world could have satisfied these predictions.
It shows up the good news of Matthew was basically composed to demonstrate that in Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the satisfaction of all Messianic prediction. Matthew frequently records minor occasions in the life of Christ and afterward cites from the prophets to demonstrate that His activities were done to “satisfy” prescience. Here are only a couple of illustrations:
The Messiah would be conceived of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; satisfied in Matt. 1:22,23)
The Messiah would be conceived in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; satisfied in Matt. 2:5,6)
The Messiah would be “got out of Egypt” (Hosea 11:1; satisfied in Matt. 2:15)
The slaughter of pure male youngsters (Jer. 31:15; satisfied in Matt. 1:16-18)
The Messiah would be gone before by a delegate (Isa. 40:3; satisfied in Matt. 3:3)
The Messiah’s work would start in Galilee (Isa. 9:1,2; satisfied in Matt. 4:12-16)
The Messiah would take “our sicknesses” (Isa. 53:4; satisfied in Matt. 8:17)
The Messiah would instruct by illustrations (Psa. 78:2; satisfied in Matt. 13:34-35)
The Messiah would enter Jerusalem on a jackass (Zech. 9:9; satisfied in Matt. 21:1-10)
The Messiah would be sold for 30 bits of silver (Zech. 11:12; satisfied in Matt. 27:9)
Parts would be thrown for the Messiah’s attire (Psa. 22:18; satisfied in Matt. 27:35)
The Testimony Of John
While John the Baptist was in the wild, the Jews sent ministers and Levites to him to discover his identity (John 1:19-34). John admitted he was not the Christ, Elijah, nor “the Prophet” (cf. Deut. 18:18). After the sanctification of Christ, John stated, “I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him, however He who sent me to purify through water with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit plunging, and staying on Him, this is He who absolves with the Holy Spirit. Also, I have seen and affirmed this is the Son of God'” (John 1:33,34). Afterward, when Christ went up to Jerusalem, He told the Jews, “You have sent to John, and he has took the stand concerning reality” (John 5:33).
In his book on the Holy Spirit, sibling Ferrell Jenkins mentions this objective fact: “The sanctification of Jesus qualified Him in these particulars: 1. ‘It was the wellsprings of His own enrichment of Power for the continuance of allurement, for educating, for throwing out evil presences, and recuperating the wiped out, for His sufferings and demise, for His restoration and rising’ (ISBE, 1411a). 2. It qualified Him to give the Holy Spirit on the devotees (Mt. 3:11; Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; Jn. 20:22; Acts 1:5).” (The Finger Of God, p. 10).
The Miracles He Performed
“Presently Jesus approached all Galilee, educating in their synagogues, lecturing the good news of the kingdom, and recuperating a wide range of infection and a wide range of ailment among the general population. At that point His distinction went all through all Syria; and they conveyed to Him all wiped out individuals who were harrowed with different maladies and torments, and the individuals who were evil presence had, epileptics, and immobile people; and He mended them” (Matt. 4:23,24).
As Jesus went to the 240 towns of Galilee, the processions going through the nation conveyed reports of His works into the encompassing districts of “Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and past the Jordan” (Matt. 4:25).
Jesus said His supernatural occurrences were a more noteworthy observer to His Divinity than John himself (John 5:31-36). This is on the grounds that nobody in history had ever asserted to be the Messiah and had the capacity to perform veritable supernatural occurrences. The prophets of old could play out the marvels, however never asserted to be the Christ. Other men asserted to be the Messiah, yet couldn’t perform certified supernatural occurrences. While anticipating the annihilation of Jerusalem, Jesus said that “many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ'” (Matt. 24:5). Flavius Josephus, a Jewish cleric and student of history, recounts numerous people who guaranteed to be the Messiah, including one who had more than 30,000 devotees (The Wars Of The Jews, 2:3:5).
The Testimony Of The Father
Diminish realized that at the absolution of Christ the Father talked from paradise, saying, “This is My cherished Son, in whom I am very much satisfied” (Matt. 3:17).
On the mount of transfiguration, Peter would see a brilliant cloud eclipse them, and the Father would again affirm of His Son, saying, “This is My cherished Son, in whom I am very much satisfied. Hear Him!” (Matt. 17:5). “This summon contains the central noteworthiness of the whole scene. Talked within the sight of Moses and Elijah, it gave Jesus that pre-prominence which a child has over hirelings. He is to be listened. His words have pre-distinction over those of the lawgiver and the prophet (Heb. 1:1,2). Diminish perceived Jesus as hence regarded by this voice (II Pet. 1:16-18).” (J. W. McGarvey, The Fourfold Gospel, p. 420).
Despite the fact that our Lord had not yet gone to the cross when He got some information about His character, we can now think back to the revival as the delegated demonstration in demonstrating the Divinity of Christ. The witness Paul opens the Roman letter by indicating “Jesus Christ our Lord, who was conceived of the seed of David as per the tissue, and announced to be the Son of God with power, as indicated by the Spirit of sacredness, by the restoration from the dead” (Rom. 1:3-4).
The very establishment of the gospel rests upon the Lord’s restoration from the grave (1 Cor. 15:3-4). Truth be told, if there was no revival, “at that point our proclaiming is vain and your confidence is likewise vain” (1 Cor. 15:14).
“God, who at different circumstances and in various routes talked in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days addressed us by His Son, whom He has designated beneficiary for goodness’ sake, through whom additionally He made the universes; who being the splendor of His transcendence and the express picture of His individual, and maintaining all things by the expression of His energy, when He had without anyone else cleansed our transgressions, sat down at the correct hand of the Majesty on high, having turned out to be such a great amount of superior to anything the heavenly attendants, as He has by legacy got a more superb name than they” (Hebrews 1:1-4).
Since Christ is God’s last representative, on the off chance that we disregard His message, we have missed the immense salvation “which at the initially started to be talked by the Lord, and was affirmed to us by the individuals who heard Him” (Heb. 2:3).