“Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” once asked Jesus of his disciples. He knew very well; but Jesus asked the question, in order to draw out his disciples. ‘And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Then came the searching enquiry, “But whom say ye that I am?” (Matt. 16:13-15). Ah, that was the question. It matters little what others think and say. It is what we ourselves believe which is most important.
“And Simon Peter answered and said; Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (verse 16). This was an outspoken testimony! Here were no scruples! No doubts, but a full and free, bold and blessed declaration of the Godhead. The positive divinity of Christ!
And how was this knowledge of Christ, this recognition and acknowledgment of the essential deity of Christ to be accounted for? Simply upon one ground, and that alone! We have it in the memorable answer of Jesus; and by it, we may well test our own standing as to a personal knowledge of Christ.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (verse 17). Reader, be it thine never to lose sight of that blessed testimony of Jesus, recorded in John chapter 17, who, when addressing his Father, said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (verse 3).
"Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in thee!
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.