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Who Do You Say I Am?

Pastor Isaac Olennu brought Sunday’s message about the necessity of having the Holy Spirit complement our educational knowledge.

“Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:1-20). The answer may depend on our past experience or on our perception, which is not accurate. It can deceive us. Also, the answer may be based on our opinion, which is our personal belief or judgment, and not proof. Jesus in His time was perceived wrongly as being part of a new government.

Others judged Him as insignificant because He was the son of a carpenter. Based on experience (because their expectations had not been fulfilled), Abram and Sarai judged their ability to have children wrongly (Genesis 16:2; 17:17; 18:10-12). But “with God all things are possible” (Colossians 1:16).

Jesus, speaking in parables, taught us to be careful about the doctrines of the Pharisees. When He asked, “Who do you say I am?” He asked for more than for an opinion or educational knowledge. Only Peter had it – the revelation by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit gives knowledge of the truth (everything leading to Jesus) and changes our approach to life (everything based on Jesus). He brings confidence and refreshment to the soul and gives us authority (Ephesians 1:17-18).