Bible Study Lessons about Peter — Matthew 16:13-20
“.. upon this rock I will build My church” Sometimes it’s tough for us to admit that Christ is our Savior because of the responsibility that comes with it.
Even through all the miracles Jesus performed, even the disciples who were closest to Him had a difficult time understanding who He really was.
Peter, after many such incidences and the teachings of Christ, finally recognizes Jesus as the Messiah in this lesson from Matthew.
Peter Finally Sees Christ as the Messiah
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ. – Matthew 16:13-20 NASB
Who Is Jesus?
The miracles, the astounding lessons and parables Jesus taught, the knowledge He shared ..
All these things the disciples saw and, even though they were impressive, were not enough to convince them that Jesus was more than a prophet sent to them.
In fact, as John later describes in his 1st chapter, verse 14, Jesus is realized to be the Son of God.
To be more specific The Bible states “The Word became flesh ..” meaning God came to earth as Christ to live among His people. He came to experience the same joys, triumphs and sorrow they did.
Most importantly, He came to die for the sins of man so that we, as a people, could be saved.
Revealed to the Disciples
We have the advantage of hindsight, the Scripture, and of course the Holy Spirit to help us understand.
Remember, there was no New Testament at this time.
So, when Jesus asked the disciples who the people thought He was, and who they believed Him to be, their answer is not too surprising.
… More than a Prophet, More than Just a “Good Man“
Suddenly, a light went on in Peter’s head and he realized that Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah promised to them in Scripture.
I can’t imagine the joy he must have felt when he understood that he was standing in the presence of God!
Peter unknowingly set a precedence for the first crucial step all future Christians would take when accepting Jesus as Savior.
Is Our Knowledge Enough?
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Even though we accepted Him when we first believed we still sometimes struggle with ongoing faith.
If we were asked today who Christ is would we hesitate or would we instantly answer;
“He is my Lord and Savior.“?
Who is Jesus in your mind?
Love In Christ
If you would like to discover how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to look at John 3:16 for more information.