Something to think about!

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by fil3232003, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. How come after Simon Peter recognized JESUS "by the revelation of the Father" in the following:

    Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    Matthew 16:17 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.
    And then, Jesus Christ told His Disciples not to introduce HIM to the people:

    Matthew 16:20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

    WHAT may be reason of our Lord?
    Is it not for His glory for many people to know or identify Him?
  2. How exactly would it be to His glory for many people to identify Him?
    To know Him, YES, but how do you get to ''know'' Him by ''seeing'' Him?
  3. Good reply KingJ and to extend, if itś okay, the people of Judah/Israel were looking for the King to come and while that is who He has always been, He was here to purchase salvation, not to assume the reigns of power to rule. We see that when He rode the colt into Jerusalem, before the Rulers wanted Him condemned the people had realized that He might be the King they awaited.

    Now, going outside the scriptures and reasoning as a man; If the people realized who Jesus was before it was time for his demise they would never have allowed His, intended, sacrifice on the cross. His mission would have been fouled.

    Hope that little bit of old man reasoning helps and blesses.
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  4. I think you're right, except your second point is essentially scriptural, too. Even from infancy, if Mary hadn't kept Jesus' identity on the down-low, Herod would have killed the baby Jesus.

    Both of your points can be found in John 7.

    Jesus has to sneak around because the Jews want to kill Him for being the Christ (or, for claiming to be, or for some people thinking He is). Jesus explains that He's not here to bring glory to Himself, but to the one who sent Him.

    If Jesus went around trumpeting that he is the Christ and went around boasting about the miracles he had performed, He would have been attempting to bring glory to himself which would have invalidated him as the Christ. Leave it to the false messiahs to try to bring glory to themselves. Jesus didn't even tell Peter, his own disciple, that He is the Christ (but, hid did confirm it).
  5. Just to emphasize the QUESTION, what may be the REASON of our Lord telling His Disciples not to introduce Jesus is the CHRIST?
  6. It looks like you've already have been given an answer.
  7. Let us note this was after Simon Peter recognized JESUS CHRIST "by divine revelation."

    Could it be that the APOSTLES/DISCIPLES could not clearly introduce, by themselves, the TRUE CHRIST recognized by Simon Peter?

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