Apostles’ Testimony of Christ

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“Apostles’ Testimony of Christ,” Friend, Dec. 2001, 12

Apostles’ Testimony of Christ

Chapter 32

Jesus asked whom do people say He is

Jesus was with His disciples in Caesarea Philippi. He asked His disciples who people thought that He was. Matt. 16:13; Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18

Some say John the Baptist or others

The disciples said that some people thought that He was John the Baptist. Others thought that He was Elias or another Old Testament prophet and had come back from the dead. Matt. 16:14; Mark 8:28; Luke 9:19

Peter said he is the Christ

Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was. Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matt. 16:15–16; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20

That testimony comes from God

Jesus explained that a testimony could not come from the learning of men. A testimony comes by revelation from God. This was how Peter knew who Jesus was. Matt. 16:17

Jesus promised the priesthood to His disciples

Jesus also said that the true church would be founded upon Him and His teachings. He promised His disciples that He would give them the priesthood so that they would have the authority to lead His church. Matt. 16:18–19

Jesus told the disciples He would die but be resurrected

Finally, He told them not to tell anyone that He was the Christ. First He needed to suffer many things, to be rejected by the leaders of the Jews, to be slain, and to rise from the dead on the third day. Matt. 16:20; Mark 8:30–31; Luke 9:21–22

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