And Simon Peter
answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of
the living God." 17And Jesus answered and
said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,
because flesh and blood did not reveal
this to you, but My Father who is in heaven." Matthew 16:16-17
Jesus says in John 4:24 that
"God is spirit..." It wasn't
a person or thing having "flesh and blood" who had revealed this to Simon Peter.
Instead it was Jesus' Father in heaven who revealed
this to Peter.
"Tell no one that I am the Christ":
Although Jesus truly was the
Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus asked his
disciples to tell no one...until he was raised from
16:20 says: "Then He warned the disciples that they
should tell no one that He was the Christ." (NAS)
Mark 8:29-30 records the same
event this way:
He continued by questioning them, "But who do you
say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him,
"Thou art the Christ." And He warned them to tell no
one about Him." Mark 8:29-30 (NAS)
In Luke 9:20-21, it says:
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And
Peter answered and said, "The Christ of God." But He
warned them, and instructed them not to tell this to
anyone," Luke 9:20-21 (NAS)
The first recorded time (after
Jesus warned His disciples) that the disciples
referred to Jesus as the Christ was after Jesus had
been crucified...during the time when the church
was established on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2
(see Acts 2:31-38).
let all the house of Israel know for certain that
God has made Him both Lord and Christ —this Jesus
whom you crucified." Acts 2:26
After this point Jesus' disciples
commonly referred to Him as the Christ.
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