J.C. Ryle – The Great Confession

The Old Guys

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 16:15-17

Let us admire the noble confession which the apostle Peter makes in this passage. He says, in reply to our Lord’s question, “Who do you say that I am?”–“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”         

At first sight a careless reader may see nothing very remarkable in these words of the apostle. He may think it extraordinary that they should call forth such strong commendation from our Lord. But such thoughts arise from ignorance and inconsideration. Men forget that it is a widely different thing to believe in Christ’s…

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