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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 8:27-38

We have read a great deal of the doctrine Christ preached, and the miracles he wrought, which were many, and strange, and well-attested, of various kinds, and wrought in several places, to the astonishment of the multitudes that were eye-witnesses of them. It is now time for us to pause a little, and to consider what these things mean; the wondrous works which Christ then forbade the publishing of, being recorded in these sacred writings, are thereby published to all the world, to us, to all... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 8:27-30

8:27-30 Jesus and his disciples went away to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the road he asked his disciples a question. "Who," he said to them, "do men say that I am?" They said to him, "Some say, John the Baptizer; others say, Elijah; others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "You--who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are God's Anointed One." And he insisted that they should tell no man about him. Caesarea Philippi was outside Galilee altogether. It was not in the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 8:29

And he saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am ?.... It was for the sake of this question he put the former; See Gill on Matthew 16:15 ; and Peter answereth and saith unto him, thou art the Christ ; the Messiah that was long ago promised and so often prophesied of in the books of Moses and the prophets; and whom the Jews have so much and long expected. This confession of Peter's in which all the apostles agreed with him speaks out what Jesus really was, and exceeds the most exalted... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 8:29

Thou art the Christ - Three MSS. and some versions add, the Son of the living God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

Peter's good confession. The scene of this is worth notice. It lay to the northward of Bethsaida, amongst the villages in the neighbourhood of Caesarea Philippi. This town, on the site of the ancient Paneas (now Bahias), was built by the tetrarch Philip in honor of Tiberius Caesar, and is to be distinguished from the Caesarea of the southern Mediterranean seaboard of Palestine. The country was magnificent; wild, wooded, and mountainous, and dominated by the royal castle of Subeibeh. Here,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

The confession of Peter. The brief record of St. Mark leads us to turn to the fuller statements of St. Matthew. Jesus tests the faith of his disciples "as they were able" to bear it. First, "in the way he asked, Who do men say that I am?" What is the general opinion? Then, more closely," But who say ye that I am?" It was a day of testing. There had been a general blindness. Immediately before he had occasion to say, "O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have no... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-30

Jesus the Messiah. I. SOME MISTAKEN IDENTIFICATIONS OF JESUS . John Baptist; Elijah; a prophet; Jeremiah, according to Matthew. There was some truth here. They recognized the prophetic inspiration and power of Jesus. Truth in feeling, error in thought; Jesus was the greatest of the prophets, not reproducing his predecessors, but going beyond them. God hath spoken by his Son ( Hebrews 1:1-14 .). II. A TRUE IDENTIFICATION . Peter's, "Thou art the Messiah," i.e. the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:27-34

Parallel passages: Matthew 16:13-24 ; Luke 9:18-23 .— Christ's prediction of his death and rebuke of Peter. This section will be considered in connection with a like prediction in the following (ninth) chapter of this Gospel.—J.J.G. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:29

By this second putting of the question, our Lord warned his disciples that they who had been better instructed ought to think greater things of him than these. It was necessary that he should show them that these current opinions and floating notions were far below his real claims. Therefore he says with emphasis, But who say ye that I am? —ye, my disciples, who, being always with me, have seen me do far greater things than they; ye, who have listened to my teaching, confirmed as it has been... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 8:29-33

Peter's self-contradiction. I. WHEREIN IT CONSISTED . 1 . In identifying Jesus with the Messiah and yet deprecating his sufferings. That Messiah should suffer was abundantly declared by the prophets. His death was the greatest testimony he could give to the righteousness of God. A comfortable, earthly, prosperous king could never occupy the spiritual position of the Christ; moral influence, the essential feature of the latter's reign, would be entirely wanting. To the... read more

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