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.
Sisanda magwala's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 24 on 1/23/2014, 10:25am...
Just wana thank u for all this explanation of Mathew 16:24. I feel so revived I have been so self sentered but after reading this verse I've learnt to deny myself and also to be temparate
Ronald l. collins's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 18 on 1/13/2014, 11:58pm...
this verse means this, thou art peter petros a little rock,and upon this rock petra i will build my church, Jesus spoke of himself,he is the rock of ages,1 peter 2.4-9. Satan is the god of this world. and the prince and power of the air, satan only has the power the God has allowed him, example the life of Job,all of his power will fail,Jesus said narrow is the gate that leads to life and straight is the way and few be that fine it,and wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to Destruction, many like Cain, the unrepentant thief on the cross,Judas at the last supper, and one of the sad stories of the bible, the rich young ruler who like many was sincere with good works, but stopped short of a personal commitment to Jesus,many know a lot about Jesus but don't know him in a personal way, admit there a sinner''repent'' and then call upon him,Romans 3;23 6;23 10;9,10,13. Satan is out to destroy he started in garden of Eden, and he never takes a vacation, the bible teaches most will follow his lies, but after the kingdom age he will be cast in to the lake of fire for ever, he did not prevail. God bless you in Christ.
BRO MARIO's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 26 on 12/30/2013, 7:55am...
SOMETIMES WE GET CAUGHT ON THE FENCE GOD SAID ITS TIME TO LET GO ALL THINGS THATS NOT LIKE HIM PUT IT BEHIND.THANK GOD FOR MY MIND.
Thy word is truth's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 12/27/2013, 4:14pm...
On verse 18 don't slide into the sand ( Matt 7:26). Peter is "A stone" (Jn 1:42) not "this rock". Jesus said in (Jn 2:19) "this temple" and "he spake of the temple of his body" look at verse 21! The Jews missed that like people do today when they read "this rock" in Matt 16:18. Christ is the Rock (Ps 62:2,1 Cor 10:4, 2 Sam 22.2, etc.) Please don't get the wrong Rock. (Deu 32:31) For their rock is not as our Rock!
Bankole's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 12/20/2013, 11:21pm...
GOD please save us and count us worthy in thy KINGDOM.
Richard a Agee's Matthew Chapter 16 comment about verse 26 on 12/03/2013, 5:13pm...
The most precious thing god has blessed us with is our soul! People allow themselves to get caught Up in material gain! U will never ever see a uhaul follow a hurst! Can't take it with u! I hope and Pray to see heaven! And the road that is paved with gold! Hallalujah!
Jim's Matthew Chapter 16 comment on 12/01/2013, 3:33pm...
Upon "Revelation" revealed knowledge, "from GOD" I will build my church, not Peter!
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