Bible: Matthew 16:13-28

Peter’s Confession

16:13 When 1  Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, 2  he asked his disciples, 3 Who do people say that the Son of Man is? 16:14 They answered, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, 4  and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am? 16:16 Simon Peter answered, 5 You are the Christ, 6  the Son of the living God.” 16:17 And Jesus answered him, 7 You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood 8  did not reveal this to you, but my Father in heaven! 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades 9  will not overpower it. 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 16:20 Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. 10 

First Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

16:21 From that time on 11  Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem 12  and suffer 13  many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, 14  and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 16:22 So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: 15  “God forbid, 16  Lord! This must not happen to you! 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” 17  16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, 18  he must deny 19  himself, take up his cross, 20  and follow me. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life 21  will lose it, 22  but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 16:26 For what does it benefit a person 23  if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? 16:27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 24  16:28 I tell you the truth, 25  there are some standing here who will not 26  experience 27  death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” 28 

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