Wednesday, June 11, 2014

We Are Christ-Ones


"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

When Jesus renamed Simon as Peter, it wasn't a random choice.

Peter means "the rock".

But it took a while for Simon to live up to his new name.

The account of Simon's life reveals him as a fisherman known for his rash ways.

Simon was a shifting-sand kind of guy.

Simon disagreed with the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 16:22-23), struck a man with a sword (John 18:10-11), and even denied knowing the Lord Jesus Christ (John 18:15-27).

But in the Book of Acts, we read that God worked in and through Peter to establish His church.

Peter truly became a rock.

Like Peter, we have a new identity.

We are Christians.

The name "Christians" means "Christ-ones".

We are now one of the Christ-ones.

This title lifts up who we are and calls us to become what we are not yet.

God is faithful. He will complete His good work in us.

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