Text: Matthew 16:13-17 “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Introduction: Before anyone can accept God’s gift of salvation through Christ, three things are required. Number one is that you must believe that there is the living God the Father in heaven. Number two is that God has a son and sent him to earth as the perfect requirement as a sacrifice for man’s sins. Number three is that over twenty centuries ago Jesus Christ was that person. If you cannot start with these three requirements the rest of the story of salvation is foolishness to you.
There is God the Father:
The Bible states that it is built into man to know that there is a God. The things that we see in creation with its design and miracles; they show us proof of the spiritual world.
There is the Word:
God gave us the Bible and has preserved it for thousands of years that we may know who God is and what He requires of us in order to worship Him.
There is Jesus the Christ:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
There is the Holy Spirit:
When Christ rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, He sent the Comforter whom we call the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to us and show us that we are all sinners, lost and headed to Hell.
Who do you say that Jesus is? Do you accept Him as the Christ, the Son of the Living God? Men today say the same things that they said two thousand and seventeen years ago, but we are still telling about God’s Love and His Son.