Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
October 25, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<570> Thesis: The confession that Jesus is the Christ of God is of paramount importance if it is an expression of the individual's actual understanding. Introduction: In our consideration of the opinions of the crowds as to the identity of Jesus, I argued that the reason for the confusion was an absence of biblical repentance. No one who has been illuminated by the God Who speaks light into darkness makes the kinds of mistakes that the crowds were making. Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 4:6, that it is God Who shines into human hearts to give the knowledge about Christ to them. Since this is true, it is impossible for the "illumined" to not know that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God. And, likewise, it is impossible for anyone who identifies Jesus incorrectly to be of the enlightened. Thus, the only conclusion we can draw about the opinions of the crowds is that they had not entered into the repentance that makes a proper understanding of Jesus possible. This morning we are going to turn our attention to the confession of the faith that poured forth from the lips of Peter: You are the Christ of God.