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Who Do You Say God Is?

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Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” [Mark 8.27] and, “Who do you say I am?” [Matthew 16.15; Mark 8.29; Luke 9.20 The Testimony]

His disciples replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life,” [Matthew 16.14; Mark 8.28; Luke 9.19 The Testimony] and as for themselves, Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” [Matthew 16.16; Mark 8.29; Luke 9.20 The Testimony]

Few people realise that who they say God is and the title they call Him by defines who they are, rather than defines who God is.  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” [Exodus 3.14]  As such, God needs no definition by anyone.  It is us humans who need definition as to who and what we are.

If you say that there is no God, that is, God does not exist, then you have defined yourself as a being without a specific purpose.  You just happen to be by chance what you are, and what you will become has no consequence, for there was no purpose to start with and there will be no fulfilment to end with.  As such, whether you have done good or evil does not matter, for there will be no one to judge later, for there was no one who started the process of existence.

If you acknowledge that yes, God exists… then you have defined yourself as a created being – a creature like a dog, a bird and a cockroach are creatures – and as such, it is perfectly logical to belong to a religion that respects all life and to eat food that does not involve killing any life forms.  You can belong to a religion that worships God and has rules from God as to how you should conduct yourself as a creature of God… even a creature made in His image.

If God is the Lord, your Lord, to you, then you have defined yourself as His servant.  One who has been given a work to do, one who can expect to be paid for the work, and one who can expect a bonus for a work well done, as well as expect to be unemployed if the work is not well done.  However, you have no right to expect anything more than what a servant can expect.

If God is your King, then you are part of His kingdom and you are entitled to the benefits and protection due to any citizen.  However, you are expected to obey the laws of the kingdom and to show loyalty, as well as to receive punishment for any breaking of its laws and for betrayal.

If God is your Father, then you have defined yourself as a child of God, for in the NIV it is written:  …to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God… [John 1.12]  For it is Jesus who first taught anyone to call God, “Our Father in Heaven…” [Matthew 6.9; Luke 11.2]  It is Jesus who first revealed that God is Father… no one else did.  Everyone else revealed Him as God, the Creator, the Lord and the King… but not as Father.  However, if you receive Jesus as the Son of God, then it is written in the KJV:  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God… [John 1.12 KJV]

So who you say God is defines you… just as who you say Jesus is defines you and your relationship with Him.  Is He Lord, Saviour, Master, Teacher, Friend and Brother, as well as your King?  To see Jesus as your Brother who is the King is the closest relationship you can have with Him, and anything you are doing for Him is for your Brother who is your King and it is the highest of love and loyalty that you can give to Him.  As such, our work to bring Him justice and to bring Him back to reign must be the expression of the love of a brother for another Brother who has been wronged.  That is why vengeance tempers our work, even as love for our Father and Brother is the motivator.

As for those who say that we can now be the manifest sons of God, they are not incorrect.  However, they are incorrect if they think that by believing you are a son of God, then you are.  A son of God is defined by Jesus as he who is a peacemaker, who like the Father is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked, and who has power.  Power to do miracles for God, not faith to ask God to do miracles for you.

So, who do you say Jesus is now?  And having believed, have you received Him?  If you have, you will have the power to prove it.

Hr. Ed Kwan, manager of the Holy Spirit’s Workshop

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