Jesus pressed his disciples asking, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus responded, “…You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am.”
Can you imagine how excited Jesus was about Peter’s revelation? Everywhere Jesus went, every breath He ever took, every smile, every tear, every gesture, every word was meant to reveal the Father. He said, “If you really know me, you will know my Father as well (John 14:7),” and “I am in the Father and the Father is in me… (John 14:11)” Jesus’ life was an expression of the Fathers perfect love. But the disciples, and everyone else for that matter, never seemed able to really get it.
Then Peter has a revelation. He sees and describes Jesus, and in so doing meets His Dad!
What Jesus says next is amazing!
“And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are.”
Don’t miss this. Peter, in relationship with Jesus, meets the Father, and then is given his identity.
"Peter, in relationship with Jesus, meets the Father, and then is given his identity."
“You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.”
Can you imagine? Peter is given a perspective of how the Father saw him, what he was created for - his life’s purpose.
Jesus wasn’t finished.
“And that’s not all. You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door: no more barriers between heaven and earth, earth and heaven. A ‘yes’ on earth is ‘yes’ in heaven. A ‘no’ on earth is ‘no’ in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-19)
Not only is Peter given his identity, he is given his inheritance. “No barriers Peter, no measureable limits. You will live from the measureless revelation of heaven. You will have all the authority I have Peter.”
“Keys to open any and every door.” Or you could say it this way, “Love trumps any and every need.”
If we want to know who we are, if we want to know what we are called to, if we want to know what we have access to, all we have to do is say ‘yes’ to Jesus - the perfection of our Father’s good love.
"If we want to know who we are, if we want to know what we are called to, if we want to know what we have access to, all we have to do is say ‘yes’ to Jesus - the perfection of our Father’s good love."
One revelation of the Father brings more clarity regarding call, promise, identity, destiny, power and authority than a lifetime of anything else including Bible study and good messages – “You didn’t get this from a book or teachers… I’m not suggesting bible study and good messages aren’t valuable, I’m simply noting they should always lead to Jesus and reveal the Father.
“Who do you say that I am?” It’s an invitation to hear and know the Father and it’s an invitation to discover our identity and inheritance.
And Jesus is still asking today.
And Jesus is still revealing the Father today. He is still releasing the keys to “any and every door.” He is still empowering sons and daughters.
Jesus, may we know You, and in knowing You know our Father, and in knowing our Father become sure as sons and daughters.
Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children. Website: www.afamilystory.org