Matthew Chapter 16
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21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
The Pharisees and Sadducees ask a sign. (1-4) Jesus cautions against the doctrine of the Pharisees. (5-12) Peter's testimony that Jesus was the Christ. (13-20) Christ foretells his sufferings, and rebukes Peter. (21-23) The necessity of self-denial. (24-28)1-4 The Pharisees and Sadducees were opposed to each other in principles and in conduct; yet they joined against Christ. But they desired a sign of their own choosing: they despised those signs which relieved the necessity of the sick and sorrowful, and called for something else which would gratify the curiosity of the proud. It is great hypocrisy, when we slight the signs of God's ordaining, to seek for signs of our own devising.
5-12 Christ speaks of spiritual things under a similitude, and the disciples misunderstand him of carnal things. He took it ill that they should think him as thoughtful about bread as they were; that they should be so little acquainted with his way of preaching. Then understood they what he meant. Christ teaches by the Spirit of wisdom in the heart, opening the understanding to the Spirit of revelation in the word.
13-20 Peter, for himself and his brethren, said that they were assured of our Lord's being the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God. This showed that they believed Jesus to be more than man. Our Lord declared Peter to be blessed, as the teaching of God made him differ from his unbelieving countrymen. Christ added that he had named him Peter, in allusion to his stability or firmness in professing the truth. The word translated "rock," is not the same word as Peter, but is of a similar meaning. Nothing can be more wrong than to suppose that Christ meant the person of Peter was the rock. Without doubt Christ himself is the Rock, the tried foundation of the church; and woe to him that attempts to lay any other! Peter's confession is this rock as to doctrine. If Jesus be not the Christ, those that own him are not of the church, but deceivers and deceived. Our Lord next declared the authority with which Peter would be invested. He spoke in the name of his brethren, and this related to them as well as to him. They had no certain knowledge of the characters of men, and were liable to mistakes and sins in their own conduct; but they were kept from error in stating the way of acceptance and salvation, the rule of obedience, the believer's character and experience, and the final doom of unbelievers and hypocrites. In such matters their decision was right, and it was confirmed in heaven. But all pretensions of any man, either to absolve or retain men's sins, are blasphemous and absurd. None can forgive sins but God only. And this binding and loosing, in the common language of the Jews, signified to forbid and to allow, or to teach what is lawful or unlawful.
21-23 Christ reveals his mind to his people gradually. From that time, when the apostles had made the full confession of Christ, that he was the Son of God, he began to show them of his sufferings. He spake this to set right the mistakes of his disciples about the outward pomp and power of his kingdom. Those that follow Christ, must not expect great or high things in this world. Peter would have Christ to dread suffering as much as he did; but we mistake, if we measure Christ's love and patience by our own. We do not read of any thing said or done by any of his disciples, at any time, that Christ resented so much as this. Whoever takes us from that which is good, and would make us fear to do too much for God, speaks Satan's language. Whatever appears to be a temptation to sin, must be resisted with abhorrence, and not be parleyed with. Those that decline suffering for Christ, savour more of the things of man than of the things of God.
24-28 A true disciple of Christ is one that does follow him in duty, and shall follow him to glory. He is one that walks in the same way Christ walked in, is led by his Spirit, and treads in his steps, whithersoever he goes. "Let him deny himself." If self-denial be a hard lesson, it is no more than what our Master learned and practised, to redeem us, and to teach us. "Let him take up his cross." The cross is here put for every trouble that befalls us. We are apt to think we could bear another's cross better than our own; but that is best which is appointed us, and we ought to make the best of it. We must not by our rashness and folly pull crosses down upon our own heads, but must take them up when they are in our way. If any man will have the name and credit of a disciple, let him follow Christ in the work and duty of a disciple. If all worldly things are worthless when compared with the life of the body, how forcible the same argument with respect to the soul and its state of never-ending happiness or misery! Thousands lose their souls for the most trifling gain, or the most worthless indulgence, nay, often from mere sloth and negligence. Whatever is the object for which men forsake Christ, that is the price at which Satan buys their souls. Yet one soul is worth more than all the world. This is Christ's judgment upon the matter; he knew the price of souls, for he redeemed them; nor would he underrate the world, for he made it. The dying transgressor cannot purchase one hour's respite to seek mercy for his perishing soul. Let us then learn rightly to value our souls, and Christ as the only Saviour of them.
Comments for Matthew Chapter 16...
Juju's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 15 on 5/02/2013, 7:16pm...
The apostles' reply would indicate the belief in reincarnation.
Matthew 16:14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Sd37's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 3/24/2013, 8:01pm...
What is 777 insight on? I am so sick of people talking about all this anti-Christ and the end of times. How the bible foretells all of its secrets to you or anyone else. Did you forget that, and I paraphrase, no man knoweth the hour of my coming... or.. even the angels don't know when He is coming back. This crap about the "rapture", which happened in 70 a.d., in the time of Josiah has already happened with the destruction of Jerusalem and Judea. Christ came, saved His people, and when He comes back it is for one reason: to claim those He has already saved on the cross and that are still on this earth. He did not come to save the "world" for if He did He would have failed for people go still to hell. And Christ finished His work. ...I ask you again, doeth not the potter have power over the clay? Put down your Left behind books and stop interpreting the bible yourself. It has already been interpreted for you. May God be with you.
Jim Jalbert's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 23 on 2/19/2013, 2:01am...
These are exactly the words that Adam should have said to Eve when she offered the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to him. These are exactly the words that any true follower of Christ should say to his wife when she offers something to him that he knows is against the teaching of Jesus. That was the problem in the Garden then and is the problem in the world today. In short the men are more concerned about their wives, who are more concerned about the things of this world, and ultimately they are both doing the work of Satan and not following Jesus or obeying God (again). This is at the root of the teaching of Christ and Adam failed and the men of this age are still failing. This doesn't mean men have to be hostile to wives. They can do this in love. They simply have to put God first.
Ojoche Benjamin's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 8 on 2/17/2013, 3:34pm...
I was given to meditate on Matthew 16:8
Virginia's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 18 on 2/08/2013, 2:19pm...
Peter, upon this rock.
Insight 777's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 1/24/2013, 4:17am...
Peter said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus replied that Peter was blessed because God had revealed that truth in him. I believe this connection with God is the Holy Spirit of spiritual knowledge. Flesh and blood can not reveal it without spiritual knowledge first coming from God by the Holy Spirit. "Thou art Peter" is proclaiming that Peter, a man, is flesh and blood therefore not Divine. The "rock" that is the foundation of the church is the Divine Holy Spirit that filled Peter with knowledge. Flesh and blood can enter the gates of hell but one filled with the Holy Spirit of God is blessed with life that hell cannot take away. The keys of Heaven are the laws of God and acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God given to and understood by Peter because he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the rock that is the foundation of the church. Evil and death have no power over the Holy Spirit.
Insight 777's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 1/23/2013, 7:07pm...
Verses 13 to 17 are very important because Jesus wants all to know that when Jesus is called "Son of man" it is in error. Jesus is not the Son of man, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He praises Peter for understanding that fact. Jesus does not want anyone to call him the Son of man. The Son of man is evil = the Antichrist. Knowing that evil men wanted to kill him, Jesus asked not to be pointed out as Jesus the Christ so he could prevent being captured until due time. "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." The father of the Antichrist is Satan and with his fallen angels the glory of evil is WAR. When the Son of man sets up his kingdom in full Power after the WW3 peace treaty is signed (which will be broken and war will resume) then Christians will taste death. Jesus speaks of the Son of man in the third person "he", if he was referring to himself he would have said the personal "I". Son of man will judge according to works (like how much money people have and how important are their job skills). Christians will be asked to deny Christ as Savior or be killed. "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Jesus does not judge based on works alone (he does require one to have love and charity). Jesus explains that if you are a Christian and will call Jesus, "the Son of God", then you will lose your earthly life but Jesus will save your soul and give you eternal life. Verse 28 explains that some disciples will die at the hand of the Son of man (an AntiChrist) because they will refuse to deny Jesus is their Savior and the Son of God. Satan already has started a kingdom on earth as explained ... "I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9)".
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