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This week we start a new series titled “Personal portraits of Peter”.

These messages will contain lessons that can help each of us daily.

Today we are talking about A Beatitude For Simon Peter.

A Beatitude For Simon Peter.

Text

Matthew 16:16-17 (AMP)

16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.” 

17 Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favored by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

Scripture Reading.

Matthew 16:13-26 and then the parallel passages of Mark 8:27-37 and Luke 9:18-25.

Introduction 

About two years had passed since Jesus had chosen His apostles.

Only a little more than six months remained before His crucifixion.

Our Lord needed to intensify His efforts to prepare the apostles for that event.

After Jesus refused to become a king, great multitudes of His disciples turned away and opposition against Him increased.

For the purpose of testing His disciples, Jesus chose to take them north from Galilee into the district of Caesarea Philippi, which was ruled by Herod Philip.

This region was on the slope of Mount Hermon near the source of there Jordan River. 

  1. Simon Peter was blessed because, by the help of God, he confessed faith in Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:13-17.

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”

“Son of man” was a term Jesus often used of Himself.

The disciples were ready with several answers.

Some said John the Baptist had come to life.

That was the opinion that Herod Antipas had in Mark 6:14.

Others said Elijah, probably because of the prophecy in Malachi 4:5.

Others named Jeremiah or another one of the prophets.

These questions had been introductory to the main question; “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter replied in Matthew 16:16 (AMP)

16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.”

That Jesus is the Messiah was not a new claim.

When Andrew first brought Simon to Jesus, he declared, John 1:41 (AMP)

41 He first looked for and found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means the Christ).

Early in His ministry, Jesus revealed Himself to the Samaritan woman as the Messiah.

Because of growing opposition, Jesus ceased to use the term and referred to Himself as “Son of man,” which was a veiled messianic term that did not arouse opposition.

A few weeks earlier, when Jesus entered the boat after walking on the sea, the disciples worshipped Him and said, Matthew 14:33 (AMP)

33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him [with awe-inspired reverence], saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!”

Jesus concurred, for He accepted their worship.

When His hour did come, Jesus, on oath before Caiaphas, affirmed that He was “The Christ, The Son of God” in Matthew 26:63-64.

B. Jesus was pleased with Peter’s answer.

At a time when others had turned away, Peter had remained steadfast.

He joyfully said to him, Matthew 16:17 (AMP)

17 Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favored by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 

Simon Peter’s confession of faith was an experience brought about by the power of God.

This ought to teach us that Christianity is not signing a creed, nor is it thinking out a philosophy of life, it is primarily an experience that comes from God.

2. Simon Peter was blessed because he was acting like a rock, he was living up to his name, in confessing Christ.

Jesus added in Matthew 16:18 (AMP)

18 And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ].

  1. Christ is the architect and the builder of His church.

B. Christ’s church is composed of everyone who has answered His call to come out of sin and into salvation and who, as Simon Peter did, confess Him to be the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

The Greek word ekklesia, translated as church means an assembly or congregation.

It was used in the septuagint for the congregation of Israel.

In secular Greek, it was used for the assembly of the people in a Greek city-state for the purposes of transacting business.

Ekklesia means called out.

Christ’s church is composed of all the redeemed of all time in heaven and earth, all those who have been called out by Him.

C. Peter had acted like a rock in making his noble confession.

A little later he would act like satan in suggesting that Jesus not go to the cross.

Peter was no more actually a rock than he was actually satan.

In confessing faith in Christ, he was acting like a rock.

On this rock of a person confessing faith in Him, Jesus would keep building His church.

He had begun to build with the winning of the first disciples.

He will continue to build until the end of time.

Saved people are, as it were, spiritual stones in the themple Christ is building.   

3. Simon Peter was blessed by being a member of an indestructible church.

The literal translation, Matthew 16:18 (AMP)

The gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ]. 

Is correctly explained “The powers of death shall not prevail against it.”

Christ’s church is composed of redeemed people who have eternal life and either live here or with the Lord in paradise.

Christ was not guaranteeing the perpetuity of an institution but rather the eternal life of His people.

Christ’s church would not be destroyed here or hereafter.

Christ, the builder and head of the church, has conquered death.

He promised in John 14:19 (AMP)

19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 

4. Simon Peter was blessed because he was a member of a church with a mission of eternal consequences.

  1. The keys of the kingdom of heaven are entrusted to all the church.

To Peter, Jesus said Matthew 16:19 (AMP)

19 I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”

This promise was not to Peter alone nor restricted to the twelve apostles, because in Matthew 18:15-18, on occasion when Jesus was talking to the whole congregation, the church, He used the same words.

B. The steward kept the keys to his master’s building.

  1. The keys denote stewardship.

The steward was responsible for using his master’s property in accord with his master’s desire.

Christ has committed to His church the stewardship of the gospel.

The “keys of the kingdom” do not operate apart from the response of a person to the gospel.

No person is given power to save another nor to keep another from being saved.

Surely the Lord did not expect His followers to misconstrue this figure of speech to negate John 3:16.

God alone has the power to forgive sins, to save, or to refuse to save.

He has not delegated His power to any person, group of people, or institution.

It is foolish to speak of passing on by apostolic succession a power the apostles never had.

Conclusion.

The true apostolic succession is to accept the stewardship of the gospel.

We are to witness to Jesus, who is the Son of God, Messiah, Saviour, Word of God, Lamb of God, and the Resurrection and Life.

As people accept the Christ of the gospel, they enter the kingdom of God.

If people reject this Christ, they remain outside.

Decisions made here and now have eternal consequences.

What is bound here on earth stands bound in heaven.

What is loosed here on earth stays loosed in heaven.

Until next time

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