Emphasis: A Study of the Great Promise – Matthew 16:13-18
Day 15 Sunday – Proclomation
Title: The Great Promise
Text: Matthew 16:13-18
Thought for the Week:
Salvation rests squarely on the identity of Jesus Christ. Jesus asks, “Who do the people say that I am?” Then He turns to the more pointed question, “Who do yousay that I am?” Simon responds, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
With the identity of Jesus clearly established, Jesus promises that upon this rock, He will build his church. What rock? Simon, who will become known as Peter, a name derived from the Greek word for rock, will play a vital role, but he is not the rock. That rock is the revelation by God the Father through God the Spirit that God the Son, Jesus, is the Christ, the Son of the living God.
The promise is two-fold; first, that the true identity of Jesus will be revealed again and again, and, second, that as each man, woman or child comes into knowledge of this revelation, the church will be built. The Vital Church is about the ministry of proclaiming that Jesus is the Christ to those who have yet to come to Him as Lord and Savior.
Pray through this Thought for the Week as the Spirit leads you in your heart and in your mind. Amen.