Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

Luke 9:7-8 (KJV)
Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;
And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

Luke 9:18-20 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.
He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

We have here two conversations, the topic of which is almost identical but the conclusion is almost opposite.

When Herod hears of Jesus he is told that some say he is John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets.
He knows it is not John the Baptist because he is the one who had him killed. His conclusion; he does not know who Jesus is.

When the disciples return to the Lord who asks them to who men said He was.
They reported just as Herod had heard, that they said he was John the Baptist or Elias or maybe one of the other prophets. Jesus asked who they, the disciples, believed him to be. Peter answered without hesitation, “The Christ of God.”

In a world of confusion the multitudes have no idea who Christ is. Some claim silly things about Him some can’t believe the supernatural truth about him some just ignore questions about Him.

Those who know Him Know Him to be God with us, the Christ of God and our Saviour.

 

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Luke 9:7-8 (KJV) Who Is Jesus?

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1 Kings 10:6-7 (KJV) See Him Yourself

1 Kings 10:6-7 (KJV)
And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

I see in these verses two applications; one for the unbeliever and one for the believer:
For the unbeliever
We who are Christians can speak to the lost all that we have experienced and learned and all of the blessings with which we have been blessed since becoming Christians:

  • We can tell them of the freedom from the guilt of sin
  • We can tell them of the assurance of a home in heaven
  • We can tell them of the grace of God in our lives
  • We can tell them of the living truths of the Word of God
  • We can tell them about the family we now have in the local church

But the fact is, until they have witnessed it for themselves; until Christ has forgiven their sins, prepared for them a place in heaven, opened the Word of God for them and fitted them into a local New Testament Baptist Church, it is, for the most part, just words.

For the believer
What we know and sense about the promises in eternity are, I am sure, barely half the whole. Heaven is, I am certain, greater than we can possibly imagine. The blessings, the fellowship with God, the joy of sinlessness, the sights, the sounds of eternity are, I am persuaded, too wonderful to express and to high to dream.

We’ll just have to wait until we see it with our eyes to really get it.

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1 Kings 10:6-7 (KJV) See Him Yourself

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

Mark 9:8 (KJV)
And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

Peter, James and John were privileged to witness the transfiguration of Christ but, like so many privileges, they were in danger of getting their focus on the wrong things. This wasn’t about elevating Moses and Elias. The point was to see Christ for who He is, the glorified Son of God.

They were in danger of putting men, great as they were, on the same plane as Christ. God brought them to the crux of the faith; God brought them to just Christ and themselves.

In the world of:

  • politics and politicians
  • motive and motivators
  • empires and emperors

it is vital that we who are Christians narrow our focus down to just Christ and ourselves.

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Mark 9:8 (KJV) Jesus Only

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2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV) I Am Guiltless

2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV)
And when Abner was returned to Hebron, Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and smote him there under the fifth rib, that he died, for the blood of Asahel his brother.
And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner:
Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.

I am intrigued by David’s affirmation that he is guiltless before the Lord concerning the death of Abner. We know that he made this statement as much for political reasons as anything else. He wanted his nation to know that he had nothing to do with assassinating Abner and he wanted Saul’s followers to know the very same. I can see some ways to argue this that would give David some culpability.

  • He must have known that Joab was still bitter against Abner for the death of his brother.
  • He could have supervised Joab more thoroughly
  • He could have (but didn’t) punish Joab for killing Abner

Maybe David didn’t handle this situation perfectly but he was still able to say, “I and my kingdom are guiltless before the Lord..”

There is a spiritual parallel that exists for every true child of God. We too can say we are guiltless before the Lord because we are, in fact, guiltless before the Lord. This is not to say that we are perfect, that we never sin and that we couldn’t have handled things better than we have. Truth be told, there are things yet to happen we could handle better than we will. That being said, it is still the fact that we who are saved may confidently, boldly and even publicly proclaim that we are guiltless before the Lord.

The reason is Christ. It is not because of any good thing that we have done but because of the perfect thing that Christ has done.

  • The incarnation of Christ
  • The righteous life of Christ
  • The substitutionary death of Christ
  • The victorious resurrection of Christ and
  • The heavenly intercession of Christ

Insures that, because of Christ, we are guiltless before the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

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2 Samuel 3:27-29 (KJV) I Am Guiltless

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Matthew 12:5 (KJV) Are You Blameless?

Matthew 12:5 (KJV)
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

The Bible says, and Jesus endorsed it as true, that the priest doing what was unlawful outside the Temple on the Sabbath, was blameless doing the very same thing inside the Temple.

  • We who have been born again are priests made so by Christ
  • We, who have been born again dwell in the Temple which is the body of Christ therefore
  • We who have been born again are blameless before God.

This is not to say we are excused from righteous living. The Bible does not allow for even the existence of a person being righteous before God who isn’t anxious to live out that righteousness in life. This is a picture instead of the difference between the lost and the saved.

  • For the lost, even his acts of righteousness condemn him.
  • For the saved even his lapses into the old nature cannot condemn him

 

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Matthew 12:5 (KJV) Are You Blameless?

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Matthew 10:1 (KJV) Faith in Christ and No Other

Matthew 10:1 (KJV)
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

I am focusing on the references to Christ through the pronouns in the verse:

When He had called…
That’s authority

Unto Him…
That’s location nowhere else

His twelve…
That’s possession

He gave them…
That’s power

The Christian faith is faith in Christ and no other. Sometimes we forget that and make it about everything and everyone else, but it is only Christianity when it is only about Christ.

 

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Matthew 10:1 (KJV) Faith in Christ and No Other

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Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV) Don’t Stay in the Dark

Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV)
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Darkness is such an oppressive and depressing thing.

  • There is so little that can be done in the darkness
  • Evil and wicked people lurk in the darkness

Thus the people just sat in the darkness.

Our text restates itself and labels it, “the region and shadow of death“. The darkness to which it refers is, of course, spiritual.

This darkness, with the gloomy prospect of death is expelled by great light. The light is more than a flicker of promise; this is the fulfillment of every promise of the Old Testament. The light is something other than the natural light they were used to. This was supernatural, spiritual light. This was light greater than to light Zabulon alone; this was the light of the world.

What a privilege to know and walk in great light.

 

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Matthew 4:14-16 (KJV) Don’t Stay in the Dark

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Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV) Two Wonders in Heaven

Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV)
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

There are two wonders depicted in Revelation 12. The first I believe to be Israel. The second is declared to be the devil.

  • Both of the were observed by John
  • Both of them appeared in heaven
  • Both of them were said to be wonders

They appear as wonders because they are beyond human wisdom.
That God would call out one nation, no better than any other, to be the source from which the Saviour would come is wonderful. That an angel the magnitude of Lucifer would rebel against God, that he would lead a third of the angels to join in his rebellion, that he would effectively destroy the spirit of man through his temptation of Eve, that he would be brash enough to attack the very Son of God and that God would use it all for his good purpose is beyond human wisdom.

 

They appeared in heaven because both are of God
Though I would not say God created Lucifer to become Satan, God certainly allowed for Lucifer’s fall. God could have but did not prevent Eve’s temptation. God chained some dark angels to the pit but did not do that to the devil. God did not approve of Israel’s rejection of Christ but He did allow for it.

These and many other things are beyond our comprehension but nevertheless of God

 

They are both observed by John as the representative of the Christian
New Testament believers, because of our finished Word of God, are equipped to see the plan of God in its perfection:

  • The Christ as both Lamb and Lion
  • The devil as fulfilling the sovereign plan of God
  • The Tribulation as purifying Israel while judging Antichrist
  • The 1000 year reign as answering God’s promises to Israel and
  • Eternity as the ultimate fulfillment of the plan of God.

 

 

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Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV) Two Wonders in Heaven

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

Revelation 10:7 (KJV)
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The fact that this is a mystery speaks to its challenges of interpretation. While there are a number of things the New Testament styles as a “mystery” I believe they may all be summed up in the Gospel of Christ.

The Old Testament promised a Messiah and gave prophecies regarding His:

  • Person
  • Character and
  • End

But these things were mysteries to the Jews, so much so that they missed the Messiah when He stood right in front of them.

  • The coming of Christ as a lamb
  • The judgment of Christ in the place of sinners
  • The church of Christ composed of Jews and Gentiles

These were all mysteries in the Old Testament that were revealed in the New Testament and find their fulfillment and finish in the end of the Tribulation.

 

 

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Revelation 10:7 (KJV) The Finished Mystery

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

Revelation 4:5 (KJV)
And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Spirit of God, first seen in this book in Revelation 1:4, and throughout the letters to the seven churches, is seen again in Revelation four (and will be again in chapter five). The working of the Spirit in the churches (hinted at be the mention of the seven lamps of fire) has moved from the earth to heaven where the believers are now represented to be.

  • Wherever God is, believers will be found as the mark of true faith is that they follow the Lord
  • Wherever believers are, a local church will be found as the character of Christians is to assemble into churches.
  • Wherever there is a church the Holy Spirit will be found as the great work of the Holy Spirit is among the churches
  • Wherever the Spirit is there will be Christ as He loved the church and gave Himself for it

 

 

 

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Revelation 4:5 (KJV) Wherever God Is

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