God's names - Ps Aaron Johnston

27th June 2020

‘“But you—who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked. Simon Peter spoke up and said, “You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God!” Jesus replied, “You are favoured and privileged Simeon, son of Jonah! For you didn’t discover this on your own, but my Father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you. I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this truth of who I am will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church—my legislative assembly, and the power of death will not be able to overpower it!”’ 

Matthew 16:15-18 (TPT)

I’m a primary school teacher and I have the privilege of working with kids each and every day. One thing I’ve learnt is that they are the most honest people on the planet. There’s absolutely no fooling them and at all times they will be completely honest with you. Often brutally honest, without concern for your feelings so I’d be scared to ask a child to tell me honestly, “who do you think I am?” However, this is a powerful question and one that Jesus asked his disciples to answer. He wasn’t interested in what they’d heard about him or what their circumstances were. He wanted to know who they thought he was, honestly. Today this is still a hot topic of debate, but Jesus isn’t interested in the debate or the opinions of others. What he’s interested in is who YOU say he is. Peter’s response revealed who he saw Jesus as - Messiah, Anointed One, Son of the Living God.  You see, what you call a person reveals a lot about Your relationship, the connection you have with them and how well you know them. It’s the same with God, what we say about Him and who He is reveals what we ultimately believe about Him.  Peter’s response to this question got Jesus’ attention.  There’s many names for God throughout the Bible in the traditional Hebrew that all reflect who people believed Him to be, and time and time again in the scriptures we see God live up to His name, and who His people believed He was. I’d encourage you to explore these names and ask yourself the question, who do I say God is? Who do I need Him to be in my world right now? Your confession of Jesus determines your possession of Jesus.

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