Chapter 16
16:9  Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?


A different Greek word from that translated "baskets" in Matthew 16:10 .

16:10  Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?

A different Greek word from that translated "baskets" in Matthew 16:9 .

16:13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Son of man

Also, Matthew 16:27 Matthew 16:28 (See Scofield "Matthew 8:20")

16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Son of Jonas.

16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

There is the Greek a play upon the words, "thou art Peter petros-- literally 'a little rock', and upon this rock Petra I will build my church." He does not promise to build His church upon Peter, but upon Himself, as Peter is careful to tell us ( 1 Peter 2:4-9 )


2 (Greek - ajpovllumi (ek=="out of," kaleo =="to call"), an assembly of called out ones). The word is used of any assembly; the word itself implies no more, as, e.g., the town-meeting at Ephesus Acts 19:39 and Israel, called out of Egypt and assembled in the wilderness Acts 7:38 . Israel was a true "church," but not in any sense the N.T. church--the only point of similarity being that both were "called out" and by the same God. All else is contrast.

(See Scofield "Acts 7:38") See Scofield " Hebrews 12:23 "

hell See note, (See Scofield "Luke 16:23")

16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
keys of the kingdom

Not the keys of the church, but of the kingdom of heaven in the sense of Mat 13., i.e. the sphere of Christian profession. A key is a badge of power or authority (cf) Isaiah 22:22 ; Revelation 3:7 . The apostolic history explains and limits this trust, for it was Peter who opened the door of Christian opportunity to Israel on the day of Pentecost Acts 2:38-42 and to Gentiles in the house of Cornelius. Acts 10:34-46 . There was no assumption by Peter of any other authority Acts 15:7-11 . In the council James, not Peter, seems to have presided ; Acts 15:19 ; Galatians 2:11-15 . Peter claimed no more for himself than to be an apostle by gift 1 Peter 1:1 and an elder by office 1 Peter 5:1 .

The power of binding and loosing was shared Matthew 18:18 ; John 20:23 by the other disciples. That it did not involve the determination of the eternal destiny of souls is clear from Revelation 1:18 . The keys of death and the place of departed spirits are held by Christ alone.

kingdom (See Scofield "Matthew 3:2")

16:20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

The disciples had been proclaiming Jesus as the Christ, i.e. the covenanted King of a kingdom promised to the Jews, and "at hand." The church, on the contrary, must be built upon testimony to Him as crucified, risen from the dead, ascended, and made "Head over all things to the church." Ephesians 1:20-23 . The former testimony was ended, the new testimony was not yet ready, because the blood of the new covenant had not yet been shed, but our Lord begins to speak of His death and resurrection Matthew 16:21 . It is a turning- point of immense significance:

Jesus Omit "Jesus."

For Another Point of View: See Topic 301192

Additional Factors to Consider See Topic 301207

16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

kosmos = world-system. John 7:7 (See Scofield "Revelation 13:8") .

16:28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
his kingdom

(See Scofield "Matthew 3:2") .