TRUE IDENTIFICATION

"THOU art the Christ, the Son of the living God," was Peter's reply to Jesus' question (Matt. 16: 15), "Whom say ye that I am?" That Jesus not only commended the correctness of this answer, but also recognized that such identification had come from God, is shown in his joyous response to Peter, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven."

Are we looking to flesh and blood for our identification of man or are we accepting what has been revealed by the heavenly Father? We have only to turn to the Bible to learn that man is the son of God, made in His image and likeness. John referred to man's status and eternal identity when he wrote (I John 3:1,2): "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.... Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." In other words, there never has been a time when man was anything other than God's expression, manifesting His attributes, nor will there ever be such a time.

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