MATTHEW 16

7 Outlines

 

Matthew 16:1-12

MISUNDERSTANDING

 

THE PHARISEES CHALLENGED – Vss. 1-4

THE DISCIPLES CAUTIONED – Vss. 5-6

THE DISCIPLES CONFUSED – Vs. 7

THE DISCIPLES CORRECTED – Vss. 8-12

 

 

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Matthew 16:1-12

DISCUSSIONS

 

In these verse our Lord has two discussions, one with the Pharisees and Sadducees, the other with his disciples.

 

LOOKING FOR A SIGN - Vss. 1-4

The Jews were always looking for a sign. Jesus told them that the sign they would be was the "sign of Jonah".  Jonah, came out of the belly of the whale. Jesus would come out of the grave.

 

LEANING ON LOGIC - Vss. 5-7

The disciples forgot bread.

Jesus said to beware of the "Leaven of the Pharisees".

The logic of the disciples was that Jesus made this statement because they forgot bread.

Instead of asking Jesus what he meant, they used their own logic. That was a mistake. Proverbs 3:5-7

 

LEARNING THE TRUTH - Vss. 8-12

Jesus rebuked the disciples, reminded him of his power to feed, and explained what he really meant. He was warning against the false teaching of the Pharisees and Saducees.

 

 

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Matthew 16:13-20

PETER’S CONFESSION

 

PIERCING QUESTION – Vss. 13-15

PROFOUND ANSWER – Vss. 16-17

PRECIOUS PROMISES – Vss. 18-20

 

 

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Matthew 16:13-27

LEARNING FROM JESUS

 

Jesus is doing some very definite teaching of his disciples in the passage.

 

A STARTLING QUESTION - Vs. 13-15

The disciples may have been startled that Jesus was asking who people said he was.

They were probably more startled when Jesus turned the question around to ask who they thought he was.  That's really the key issue. Who do you say Jesus is?

 

A STRONG CONFESSION - Vs. 16

Peter delivers a very strong, definite response. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

 

A SURE PROMISE - Vss. 17-20

Jesus would build His church upon Himself. He is the rock.

 

A STRANGE REBUKE - Vss. 21-22

Jesus told of his death and resurrection.

Peter rebuked Him! This is strange, when you consider that Peter just confessed that Jesus is the Son of God.

 

A STAGGERING CORRECTION - Vss. 23-27

Peter was put in his place. His rebuke of Jesus came from the devil, not God.

At that moment, Peter was not seeking the things of God.

Jesus continues by showing just how high a cost must be paid to be a disciple of Christ.

 

 

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Matthew 16:13-28

THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS

 

One of the reasons for the sermon is to make people think.

A preacher's job is to "reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." (2 Timothy 4:2)  When the preacher is doing his job the congregation should respond by thinking about the preacher's words and obeying them.  The passage before us prompts me, as a preacher, to ask you three thought-provoking questions.

 

1. WHERE DO YOU STAND? - Vss. 13-19

The Lord first asked the disciples, "Who do men say that I the son of man am?" Vs, 13

Then the Lord asked the disciples, "But whom say ye that I am?" Vs. 15

It is important that we know who Jesus is and where we stand concerning Him.

Peter had the right answer "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Vs. 16

Who do you say Jesus is? Where do you stand concerning Him?

If you have the same answer as Peter, you should have made a decision to trust Him as your Savior. John 1:12-13, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

2. WHAT DO YOU SAVOR? Vss. 20-23

Jesus began to warn the disciples concerning his impending death. Vs. 21

Peter rebuked the Lord. Vs. 22

Our Lord told Peter that he didn't "savor" or care about the things of God. He was more interested in the things of man than the things of God. Vs. 23

What do you savor? Are you interested in the things of man, or the things of God?

 

3. HOW (WELL) DO YOU SUBMIT? Vss. 24-28

To truly follow Jesus we must be submissive to Him. We must deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him. Vs. 24

We must seek to lose our lives for His sake. That takes submission! Vss. 25-26

Jesus will reward us later. Vs. 27

How well you submit to the Master?

 

 

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Matthew 16:15-28

THE CHURCH

 

The "Church" appears in two forms. There is the local church made up of a body of believers in a specific area. There is the universal church made up of every born again Christian. I believe that the universal church is in view in this passage.

 

THE CONCEPT OF THE CHURCH Vss. 15-20

Notice in Vs. 18 that it is Jesus' Church and that He will build it.

The church has problems because it is made up of sinners, but the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

 

THE CROSS FOR THE CHURCH Vss. 21-23

Jesus went to the cross to die for the sins of the world.  There is a church because Jesus gave His life for that church.

 

THE COMMITMENT BY THE CHURCH Vss. 24-28

Salvation is the result of faith in Christ (Romans 5:1, 6:23).

After salvation, church members are to live lives of committed discipleship.

 

 

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Matthew 16:27-17:9

GLORY!

 

There are different things that motivate us at motivate us at different times in our lives.

Sometimes we are motivated by a deadline, such as a date a paper is due for school, or the date our taxes need to be paid, such as April 15th in the United States.

Sometimes we are motivated by a sense of responsibility. We do something, such as attend our children's school activities, because it's the right thing to do.

Sometimes we are motivated by fear, such as exiting quickly a building that is on fire.

Sometimes we are motivated by a sense of appreciation.  This is what motivates cities to have parades in honor of heroes.

 

Sometimes we are motivated by an even higher sense of calling.

Sometimes we are motivated by the glory of God.

Such was the case of Peter, James and John when they saw the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. Seeing the transfiguration literally changed their lives (John 1:14, 2 Peter 1:16-18).

 

Studying this passage should also make us motivated by the glory of our Lord.

 

BACKGROUND - MATTHEW 16:13-17:1

 

THE WONDER OF HIS GLORY - Vs. 2

The word that is translated "transfigured" is the word from which we get our English word "metamorphosis". A metamorphosis is a change that takes place from inside out.

When Jesus was transfigured, he showed us that the glory of God resided within him.

He let in radiate from the inside out. 1 John 1:5, Psalm 104:2, Malachi 4:2, Revelation 1:12-17

 

THE WITNESSES FROM SCRIPTURE - Vs. 3

Out of the pages of God's Word come two of its heroes, Moses and Elijah.

Moses represents the law that Jesus satisfied by his godly life and death.

Elijah represents the prophets, whose words Jesus fulfilled.

These two men discussed the future events concerning Jesus' death. Luke 9:30-31.

 

THE WORD OF THE FATHER - Vss. 4-5

In the Scriptures a cloud often indicates the presence of God, as it does here. Exodus 13:21,

1 Kings 8:10, Ezekiel 1:4

 

God the Father speaks to these men. He gives verification as to what they have already believed. He says, "This is my beloved Son."  He also states that Jesus is doing what is right with the words, "in whom I am well pleased."  Then, He gives a specific instruction, "Hear ye Him." To hear Him meant to obey Him as well.  We need to hear and heed what Jesus has to say about salvation, discipleship, prayer, abiding in Him, and a host of other subjects.

 

THE WORTH OF THE EXPERIENCE - Vss. 7-9

There are at least three lessons that we can glean from this passage.

 

1. If our faith is in Christ, we have nothing to fear. Vs. 7

2. We are to see Jesus alone. Vs. 8

He alone is to be the focus of our lives and faith.

3. We have a testimony. Vs. 9

Just as the disciples would testify later, we need to give testimony of our experiences with the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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