How we view the Father will determine how we view ourselves. Jesus understood this principle when he asked his disciples the question, “who do you say that I am? Before He asked them the question at a personal level, He asked them “who do people say that I Am?” Matthew 16:13 “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Not that Jesus did not know the rumors that were going around about himself, but he wanted to make sure that his disciples perspective of Him was not anchored on what the people were saying. Such a view leads to a distorted perspective of who Christ really is. This is why immediately after Jesus asks them the question at a more personal level. Matthew 16:15, “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am? I personally believe that Jesus was helping his disciples get the correct perspective of “Who He Is,” knowing that a correct perspective of who He is leads to a correct perspective of who we are! This is where we find our true identity; in Christ alone.
I want to take this reality a step further, 2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” This is exactly what took place at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked the disciples, “who do you say I am?” Another way to say it is, “Who am I to you?” One of the most powerful revelations in this passge is found in the fact that Peter’s revelation of Jesus was directly connected to the revelation of his own calling! He saw Jesus as the powerful Christ (the Messiah) and then he was told that he also had authority and power. It is interesting to note that the name Simon comes from the root word Shama (shaw-mah) in the Hebrew. It means obedience. The word Jona, comes from the root word, Yownah (yo-nah) in the Hebrew, and it means, dove or Spirit. As we stop to discern what Jesus is saying, we can clearly see that what the Lord Jesus is telling Simon Barjona is, “the Spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17) has allowed you to behold who I am, and as you behold Me you shall become like me.” This is clearly seen in Jesus’ next statement when he say’s “I tell you that you are Peter…” Immediately after, Jesus changes his name from Simon Barjona to Simon Peter (AKA) the rock! Notice that Peter’s revelation of who Jesus was became the very source of his DNA.
At the end of the day Peter became what he beheld; and so can we as we personally behold the Lord out of revelation and not second-hand information. We must keep in mind that how we view Him personally will determine how we view ourselves. In other words, “we become that which we behold.” (2 Cor. 3:18)
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