Your identity often depends on whom you talk to. To those that dislike you they may slander your name, and to those that love you they may praise you. Who people say you are determines how the world perceives you. The world perceives Christ the same way, based on who you say He is. I believe He asks us the same question He asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?”
Within the Gospels we see the telling of Peter’s confession of Christ. Jesus asks the question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples responded with the numerous opinions of the people.
But then Jesus makes it personal. He asks them,
But who do you say that I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
The ability to make this confession was revealed to Peter by the Spirit. As we walk with the Lord He will reveal himself to us in numerous ways.
Who do I say he is?
I have traversed many seasons in my walk with the Lord. Each of those seasons have shaped and molded my understanding and relationship with Him. Every facet of His personality that I comprehend today is because of His Spirit revealing it to me at some point in my life.
Father – The Lord became my father, when my relationship with my earthly father was non-existent. I knew Him to be a father, but I didn’t understand Him as a Father until then. Now my spirit cries out Abba Father. (Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6).
Friend – I’ve had friends, but I’ve had times when I have felt completely alone. In those times of loneliness Christ became my friend that sticks closer than a brother. He has never left me, and never forsaken me. (Proverbs 18:24)
My rescuer and my light – As many of you know, there have been times when depression over took me. I even shot God the bird once. It was in these moments of despair, when the pit was too tall to climb out of, and there was not a speck of light to be found on the horizon of my spirit that Christ came and rescued me. He pulled me from the miry clay, and cast His light in my darkness. (Psalm 40:2; John 8:12)
My Healer – I knew God could heal. I heard stories of God healing. Until I experienced it and saw it happen first hand, it was only theory. That may be sad to say, but seeing it and experiencing it made it real for me.
Life Giver – Again I had heard stories of God raising people from the dead. I hoped one day I would get to see it. The day my still born nephew was raised to life was the day that the God who gives life became more real than ever before.
You see I can say that God is my rescuer and my light, my Father and my friend; he is my healer and life giver because I have seen those things in my life.
I could go on to say he is my provider, my sustainer, my joy, my hope, my desire, my victory, my everything, because of how he has shown himself as each of those in my life, but most of all I call Him Lord.
We can say God is this or that, and even believe it. The moment we experience that facet of His magnificence in our own life and the Spirit reveals it to us is when it becomes more real than theories, words on a page, or stories from our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This season of my life is revealing even more facets of His personality to me. I can never grow tired and weary of the Lord. At least I pray I don’t. The longer I know the Lord, the deeper and broader He becomes, and I realize how much I do not know of Him.
AW Tozer put it perfectly when he said,
We should never become complacent in our pursuit of Christ, because there is always more to learn and experience of Him.
We will continue to pursue God and He will continue to reveal the varying facets of His magnificence and personality to us. We have to decide in our heart who He is. We have to allow the Spirit to reveal him to us over and over.
We each have a different revelation of who Christ is, and it is that revelation which determines who we say He is and how we present Him to the world around us.
So I ask you today, Who do you say He is?