Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
OUT OF CURIOSITY
On how identity and the decision to live in truth blend in a harmonious loop:
“When you operate with appearance values, you have no identity. You make your identity depend on the opinion of other people, on how you appear in their eyes. So when you are praised and honored, you derive a great momentary sense of gratification and confirmation of yourself—you might even feel a temporary exhilaration—but that is built on a shaky ground. When that admiration and approval is withheld, or perhaps even reversed, the ground shakes and you become lost; you cease to feel your identity. The false sense of your identity has been crushed and the real sense of it has not yet been established.” *
“Decide, again and again and again, every day and every hour, in all your activities, to give your very best in truth whether or not you get admiration, whether or not it is recognized. Do it for the sheer sincerity, truthfulness, beauty and love of God, love of yourself, love of life. Then, little by little—almost as if it were a byproduct—a deep, secure and intuitive inner knowledge will arise about issues and matters where you were uncertain before, where you needed to defend your uncertainty, where you were truly groping in the dark in an eternal either/or, in an eternal duality.” *THE GUIDE **
FROM ANOTHER ANGLE
A thesis on what Jesus thought about himself, from the perspective of a research professor of philosophy.
*Quotation from Pathwork® Guide Material © (1996) the Pathwork Foundation. Reprinted by permission of the Pathwork Foundation. Pathwork® is a registered service mark owned exclusively by the Pathwork Foundation. It is used here with the permission of the Pathwork Foundation. The mark may not be used without the express written permission of the Pathwork Foundation.
**The ideas represented herein are the personal interpretation and understanding of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the copyright holder of the Pathwork® Guide material.