BSF Matthew Lesson 17 Day 3

Study of Matthew 16:13-17  —  Lesson 17 Day 3 Answers to Study Questions

4.  a. People said Jesus was—

  • John the Baptist
  • Elijah
  • Jeremiah
  • One of the other prophets

b.  “Who do you say I am?” Peter said Jesus was (and is) “…the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

c.  Peter did not know this because of his human intelligence. It was revealed to him by Father God. Jesus, who knows our hearts, recognized Peter’s reply as a confession of faith.

d. I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God who bore our sin, sickness, and disease. I am forgiven, set free, and by His wounds I am healed.

5.  a.  Father God revealed Jesus’ identity and purpose to Peter.

b.  John 1:13—From the Message Bible—

But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
not blood-begotten,
not flesh-begotten,
not sex-begotten.

1 Corinthians 2:8-14—”Lord of Glory” really jumped out at me. How awesome that we will behold Him in all His glory! No veil of flesh nor earthly distractions to hinder us from experiencing it!

We can’t understand God’s thoughts, plans, and actions unless the Spirit of God—who alone knows such things—reveals them to us.

1 Corinthians 12:3—The Message Bible throws more light on this thought. The quote below includes verses 1-3. I added the bold highlights.

What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.