Who Do You Say I Am?
But Who Do You Say That I Am?
Footnotes - What I Learned
2. The second footnote for Matthew 16:18 says that 'Hades' underworld' means death. This means that Christ's kingdom will not be conquered by death, and that there is eternal life in Heaven.
New Testament Bible Passages
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things, we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- This passage truly speaks to me, because it combines the elements of loving your enemies and the sacrifices Jesus makes for us. These are two very important parts of Church teaching to me personally, so this passage is very appealing.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect.
Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
- This passage mentions something at the very end that is important in my daily life, which is hospitality. To me hospitality is the perfect word to describe Christ, because he warmly welcomes all people. For this passage to say practice hospitality yourself reminds me to be more like Jesus in that way.
Jesus welcomes all people, and his open arms gives me the image of a Christ who welcomes me into his kingdom.
Jesus died for my sins. Above all his my savior, and shields me from sin.
Jesus brings you back to /him even when you stray from the flock, which is why this image of Christ with a shepherd's crook appeals to me.