Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. — John 6:69
We profess the Lord when we live in accordance with His gospel.
After a large number of disciples had left Jesus, He asked the Twelve who had remained with Him whether they wanted to leave as well (verses 66–67). Apostle Peter, who had recognized Jesus as the One who had been sent by God, brought his faith to expression as follows, “We have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (verse 69). It was on the basis of this clear profession that they remained with the Lord and believed His doctrine.
How do we profess the Lord?
- Professing through obedience of faith. It was at the instruction of God that Abraham left his country. His profession of God came to expression through obedience of faith (Genesis 12: 1–4).
Through the word from the altar we learn the will of God. This word is to produce faith and knowledge within us and requires us to be obedient to our faith. We receive the strength in order to do this from our fellowship with the Lord in Holy Communion.
- Professing through responsibility. David professed God clearly: “But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts” (1 Samuel 17: 45). By taking up the battle against Goliath, he demonstrated his responsibility to the people of God. It was David’s profession of God—and of God’s help—that gave him the strength to do this. May this event inspire us to take on responsibility for the well-being of the congregation! Let us serve with our gifts and talents, and thereby enrich the life of our congregation. Naturally it also requires courage to take on such responsibility.
- Professing through love. Peter professed Jesus. In John 21: 15–17 we read that the Lord asked Peter whether he loved Him. This question was repeated three times, and Peter always answered in the affirmative. His clear profession that he loved the Lord above all else prompted Jesus to entrust him with the leadership of the flock of Christ.When we profess the church of Christ, we thereby also express our love for the triune God. This love gives us the power to be there for our brothers and sisters in faith and to do good to our fellow human beings.
- Professing through following. From Scripture we know that Peter also professed the teachings of Jesus after the Lord’s death (1 Peter 1: 25). He became a zealous follower and proclaimer of the gospel. From the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 19: 27–28, we derive that faithful following will assure us a place in the glory of God. May this prospect inspire us to live a life in accordance with the gospel! Let us invite the people around us to join us in believing in Christ and waiting for His return.
You are the Christ, the son of the living God
Through his intensive relationship with the Lord, Apostle Peter recognized that Jesus had been sent by God—as well as the significance this held for mankind as a whole. God draws near to all human beings in Jesus Christ. And the activity of Jesus extends all the way into the present. Let us today profess the Lord and the apostolate at work in our time.