Jesus was walking with his disciples and he always seemed to have questions for them to see where they were in their faith.
Mark 8:27-29 NIV
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets."
But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah."
Peter received this revelation not from man but from the Spirit of God.
The disciples didn’t even recognize Jesus when he returned to the earth after his resurrection. When they all came together in communion and remembered what he did on the cross that his body was broken and his blood was shed their eyes were opened to see.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
Luke 24:30-31 NIV
Persecution will come and the enemy is a liar and accuser of the brethren. We must recognize truth vs lie. We must listen to the voice of our good Shephard. We must look into the mirror of the Word to see who we are in Christ.
At some point in my life a person close to me was calling me a hypocrite and was very hurtful. I began to question myself Was I a hypocrite? I began to look into the Word and began to examine my own heart in the faith. 2Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?