Only The Father In Heaven Can Reveal The Real Jesus

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He questioned His disciples: “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven. -Matthew 16:13-17 BSB

The revelation of who Jesus is comes from the Father. Many false religions believe Jesus to be a mere prophet. One example of this false religion is Islam. Islam believes that Jesus is only a prophet and the Messiah, but their definition of Messiah is not the same as Peter’s confession, “Son of the living God.” Muslims reject the notion of Jesus being the Son of God because God cannot have a Son, for He doesn’t have a wife.

However, they misunderstand the concept of Jesus’ title, “the Son of the Living God.” It simply means that Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30). God exists as three separate persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. A simple way to explain the Trinity within the Godhead would be…

Let’s say a person raises their right hand. Would you say that they have five hands because of their five fingers? You would say one hand has been raised, right? The hand raised contains more than one finger, yet it is still called one hand. The same concept can be applied to how God chose to exist. There is only one true God who is eternal, never had a beginning, and always existed as three persons.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. -John 1:1 BSB

The “Word” refers to Jesus Christ, see John 1:14.

Any person who teaches a theology that portrays Jesus as only a good prophet or a good teacher is teaching a false Jesus with a false gospel. Jesus is much more than that. He is God.

Jesus said in John 8:24, That is why I told you that you would die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”

Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:4)

4 This issue arose because some false brothers had come in under false pretenses to spy on our freedom in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. -Galatians 2:4 BSB

The phrase “This issue” is about making believers go back to the Law of Moses to observe it and keep it. See verse 3 and its commentary.

What makes “some false brothers” is when they add to God’s Word, which changes it to say something other than what God said, and preaches it to others as the truth.

False teachers came to the Galatians and pretended to believe in sound teachings like salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9), not revealing to them that, in reality, they hold to work-based salvation. They teach that a person needs to keep the Law, which is works, plus believe in Jesus Christ to get saved. Read Galatians 3:1-2.

Paul understood that Satan is the one who influences false teachers, see 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, to enslave believers by entrapping them, teaching them to keep the Law, which makes them forsake the finished work of the cross, see Galatians 5:1-4. The cross—Jesus, who died for our sins (John 3:16, Romans 5:6-9), was to show us that our good works cannot atone for our sins and make us right in God’s eyes (Galatians 3:11). Only by accepting the gift that God offers through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into our hearts by faith in Him can we have all of our sins forgiven.