Mark 8:31-33 – Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

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Mark 8:31

  1. Even the disciples had a wrong preconception and thought that the Messiah would be a powerful king who liberates Israel in a worldly way.
    1. So Jesus now begins to teach them the real story.

Mark 8:32

  1. Peter believed and confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, but he had a wrong preconception of what the Messiah would be like and therefore cannot accept the Messiah that Jesus describes.
    1. Jesus has just told the disciples that he will suffer, but Peter does not believe in Jesus.
    1. Isaiah has prophesied that the Messiah will suffer and die for the sake of the people (Is 53), but Peter ignores God’s word.

Mark 8:33

  1. If our human image of God does not fit, it is we who need to change our perception, not the other way around.
    1. We need to believe what Jesus says and learn God’s word even if it doesn’t fit our own worldview.
  2. Peter is not possessed by a demon, but he is influenced by Satan, who tries to create a false image of Jesus.
    1. It is my understanding that no Christian can be possessed by a demon or unclean spirit, this is because when a person becomes a Christian the Holy Spirit moves into that person and demons cannot possess a body where the Holy Spirit dwells (Rom 8:9). On the other hand, a Christian who is not vigilant can be influenced and deceived by Satan and his demons (Matt 16:21-23). James therefore gives the good advice, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).
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