Who do we say He is

This is a series of reflections that I sent to my fiancee from my own Bible readings. I have posted them in this blog so that it is easier to keep track for future reflections. 
27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”
29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” - Mk 8:27–29.

Jesus, at Caesarea Philippi, asked the disciples who do they say he is and by doing so, actually forces them to come to terms on his identity in the midst of how people are perceiving Jesus.

But we know that Jesus is not simply asking them to tell him the standard ten-year series answer on who he is. Likewise, God is not interested in our mere verbal confession of who He is and what He can do in our life. God is interested in the practical implications behind these confessions. Because the disciples confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus told them the implication of Him being the Messiah and in the process got them to face the reality of him being the Messiah.

When we claim that God is our Banner, for example, then are we willing to accept the implications behind such confession? Some implications can include not feeling defeated when faced with setback. For example, if I dun succeed seemingly in life, then am I going to feel defeated or is God holding me to the claim that He is indeed our Banner? Likewise, if we claim that God is our Provider, then does the way that we deal with our finances and our resources reflect the reality of such confessions?

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