Peter Describes Jesus As Son of God or Messiah
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God reveals Himself in Jesus
I remember once having a conversation with an atheist who spent an hour denying the existence of God. But she confessed to me at the end that whenever she gets on an airplane she always prays, just in case, just to feel secure. We're all looking for God in one way or the other. Paul says, ?The good news is: the God we're all looking for can be found through Jesus.? But Paul goes on. He says, ?The news gets even better than that. That's good news, but it gets even better. Because not only can God be known, but the God you've been looking for, guess what? He's been looking for you, too. He's looking for you. He's revealing himself to you.? Paul here is subtly critiquing the Athenian's epistemology. Epistemology is just a fancy word for how you know what you know. In Athens, as in our culture, people assumed the way you knew something was through reason and empirical evidence. That's how you know what's real. The problem with that is that not everything that exists can be proven through reason and empirical evidence. In 1490 no European could prove that America existed. It didn't mean that America didn't exist; it just meant they didn't have the tools to discover it. Not everything can be proven through reason, sometimes we lack the tools. Paul is saying to the Athenians, ?look, reason is great. It helps you do a lot of things in life. It can even help you to God, and to figure out that God is a plausible, rational thing that might exist. But finally, if you are going to know God, reason is not going to get you there completely. We need revelation. God's going to have to reveal himself to us.? That just makes sense. If God is infinite and holy, he is beyond the capacity of our finite brains to understand. So if we're going to know him, he's going to have to reveal himself to us. This is what makes Christianity unique. In every other religion we have to seek God. We somehow have to figure out what God is all about. But you know what? That dog won't hunt, will it? Because God is too big for us to get in our little brains. So if we're going to know God, it's because God comes to us. That's what God does through Jesus, he reveals himself.

By: Scott Dudley
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Peter as the first witness Describes Jesus As Son of God or Messiah.

By: Takao Ogawa
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"You are the Messiah (alt: the Christ), the Son of the living God." ( Matthew 16:13-20)

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. ( 2 Peter 1:16-18)

"Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified." ( Acts 2:36)

Jesus said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God." ( Luke 9:18-27)

"Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." ( John 6:60-71)

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