September 2017 Devotional
Matthew 16:13-17 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beloosed in heaven. Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.
In the Sunday School and Church, we need to teach Jesus. Like Peter who said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Many others had said of Jesus that He was of some other origin or something else even. Our teaching must remain firm. Verse 17 gives us Jesus’ reply. “Blessed are you, Simon…” God the Father will bless those who make the confession of Peter and teach it also to others. The following verses tell us that “On this rock I will build my church.” We have the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I pray we all will be faithful in this mighty task.
God Bless, Pastor LeRoy