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Who Do You Say That I Am?

Who Do You Say That I Am?

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Sermon: Who Do You Say I Am?
Bible Verses: Matthew 16:15-16

By: Dave Waggoner Date: 6-26-22

Matthew 16:15-16

Genesis 3:15
I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

Genesis 22:15-18
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Isaiah 53:3-5
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

John 10:22-33
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus was REJECTED by his own people; and the elite of his day were BLINDED to the truth in spite of the signs.

Matthew 14:22
Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Matthew 15:22-28
A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

His miracles REVEALED HIS IDENTITY to his disciples and even to GENTILES, but those who should have known missed it!

Matthew 16:17
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

The TRUTH was given to the disciples – REVEALED to them by GOD

Expositor’s Bible Commentary
Jesus’ Father has revealed to Peter the truth he has just confessed. Indeed, no one knows the Son except the Father, who has now graciously revealed his identity to Peter. Such knowledge could not have originated in “flesh and blood”—a Jewish expression referring to a mortal human being 

Matthew 16:18
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

IVP New Testament Commentary
The gates of Hades is a familiar Semitic expression for the threshold of the realm of death. The words used here suggest that death itself assaults Christ’s church, but death cannot crush us. The church will endure until Christ’s return, and no opposition, even widespread martyrdom of Christians or the oppression of the final antichrist, can prevent the ultimate triumph of God’s purposes in history.

Nothing – not even DEATH – can overcome the church that Jesus has ordained.

Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

IVP New Testament Commentary
The authority belongs not only to Peter but to all who share his proclamation of Jesus’ identity. The realm of heaven here contrasts strikingly with the powers of Hades, or “Sheol,” the realm of the dead thought to lie beneath the earth. Keys opened locked doors or gates, but the carrying of keys especially symbolized the authority of the person who bore them. One who carried keys to a royal palace was the majordomo (the Chief Steward of a large household). Supervisors held the keys to the temple courts among Jesus’ contemporaries, and in Jewish lore prominent angels carried certain keys

If I am a FOLLOWER OF JESUS, I am a KEYHOLDER to the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

IVP New Testament Commentary
While Israel’s religious elite were shutting people out of the kingdom, those who confessed Jesus’ identity along with Peter were authorized to usher people into God’s kingdom.

Scholars have proposed many interpretations of “binding and loosing,” but in Jewish texts these terms (‘asar and hittir or sera’) could refer to authority to interpret the law, hence to evaluate individuals’ fidelity to the law. Peter and those who share his role evaluate not only those who are in the community, but those who would enter it. In both functions-evaluating entrants and evaluating those already within the church-God’s people must evaluate on the authority of the heavenly court. The verb tenses allow (and according to some scholars even suggest) that they merely ratify the heavenly decree

The Church has been given authority to INVITE outsiders into, or to EXPELL the unrepentant person from, the Body of Christ. In doing so, the Church is simply ratifying the heavenly court’s decree.

Colossians 3:12-14
as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

REMINDER: As a follower of Christ, I must use COMPASSION, KINDESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS and PATIENCE in every aspect of my life

John 1:9-13
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Who do I say he is?
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION I will ever answer!

To get to know Jesus better, I will DIVE INTO the Bible, seek GODLY FRIENDSHIPS and PRAY daily.

Speaker: Dave Waggoner

Dave has a passion for people. As Associate Pastor, he is responsible for getting people plugged in where they will thrive as a part of the Revolution Church Community.