SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 16:13-16
When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Some say John the Baptist, Elijah, or Jeremiah. When he asked the disciples who they say he is, Simon Peter says he is Christ, the Son of the living God.
BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 3: Matthew 16:13-16
6) “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” “Who do you say I am?” Jesus wants to know if his disciples believe he is Christ.
7a) Some say John the Baptist, Elijah, or Jeremiah or another prophet.
b) Some say he is just another prophet for the most part. Some believe he is Christ, the Son of God. Others believe he never existed at all. Some say he was just an ordinary man.
8a) “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This answer revealed his faith in Jesus.
b) It’s the crux of Christianity, the way to eternal life, and the way to God and heaven. It’s what forgives us our sins.
c) The same way Peter did!
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 3: Matthew 16:13-16
I love how Jesus really wanted to know who his disciples thought he was, but framed it with what others thought first. I also love how Peter is the first to answer.
Learn more about Peter with this great read!
End Notes BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 17, Day 3: Matthew 16:13-16
Caesarea Philippi is a region in Judea that is north of Galilee and that has more Gentiles than Jews. Jesus is most likely looking for a respite from the crowds. It gives Jesus a chance to teach his disciples.
“Who do you say I am?” is the most important question on earth.
Peter most likely speaks for all of the disciples. Now, they truly understand who Jesus is, that he is God, and what his mission is.
Jesus knew they were beginning to understand the Truth, but for them to go spiritually deeper, they had to confess who he was.
Peter’s confession affirms the disciples have reached a new level of faith.
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