• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 18, 2021

Daily Reading: Mark 8-9

Mark 8:29

And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

This devotion was going to begin; “Today’s verse contains the question of questions.” But then upon further review, other Bible questions like Acts 16:30, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Or Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? Or even Luke 18:18 …Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? There are countless questions in the Bible, and none rise above any other, they are all equal in significance.

Today’s verse contains a question that is so very personal and deeply buried within a person that sometimes it is impossible to dig out the answer, even for the one asking themselves this question. But whom say ye that I am? It is a question easily answered with words, but the words must first be proven to see if they are consistent with that which a person genuinely believes in their deepest recesses of their being, meaning their soul. Who is Jesus to you? If someone asked, what would be your response?

If a friend, or a spouse, or a co-worker asks, words would be easy for they will only know that which you tell them. But if the Lord God asks, how could a person not but stop to consider this in light of the fact that He knows the truth. King David knew of this struggle between the word of the mouth and the reality of the heart both being known of the Lord. Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

So, …whom say ye that I am? It is a question originally directed at Peter and it is recorded in three of the Gospel accounts, but it is a question for all people of all times and generations. The answer to this one question predicts one’s future. That is how important it is. The right answer must not only be given, but it must also be a reality in the soul. How many would respond that He is Savior, but then add works to their faith in order to be saved? How many would say He is Christ, but then not own Him as their personal Messiah? How many call Him Lord, but do not the things He says?

Speaking of questions, James asks an interesting one: Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (James 3:11) No fountain sends forth both sweet water and bitter at the same time and place. Likening this truth to the question at hand today, if the reality of Christ is in a person’s soul, their mouth will utter the sweet truth as Peter did, Thou art the Christ. For someone to say these words, but not hold that truth in their soul, their very being, that is an inconsistency that carries with it an eternal consequence.

When Jesus gave the woman at the well that everlasting water in her soul she readily stated a rhetorical question; Is not this the Christ? (John 4:29). The words of her mouth agreed with the truth in her soul. As they should, after all, eternity is at stake.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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