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A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life

35 as believing Jesus to be the Messiah

[Footnote 1: Many ancient authorities read _that I the Son of man am_. See Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18.]

[Footnote 2: Gr. _Petros_.]

[Footnote 3: Gr. _petra_.]

[Footnote a: Some understand ver. 16f. as showing that they had never before believed him to be the Messiah, and so hold that the other Gospels here utterly conflict with John, who represents the first disciples (Sects. 28, 35) as believing Jesus to be the Messiah. But it is easy to suppose that their early faith in his Messiahship was shaken by his continued failure to gather armies and set up the expected temporal kingdom, and while still believing him to have a divine mission they had questioned whether he was the Messiah, as John the Baptist did in prison (Sect. 57). Observe that in Matthew and Luke he long before this time distinctively _implied_ that he was the Messiah, in response to the Forerunner's inquiries (Sect. 57). Besides, at the Baptism and the Temptation, the Synoptic Gospels represent Jesus as the Son of God.]

[Footnote b: It is interesting to note that the imagery employed by Jesus here all appears in Ps. 89, a Messianic Psalm built on 2 Sam. 7. Thus note "build" in Ps. 89:4, "rock" in 89:26, "anointed" in 89:38, "the power of Sheol" in 89:48, and the Psalm discusses the perpetuity of the Davidic throne (Kingdom). Jesus applies this imagery to the spiritual

Kingdom that He is building.]


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