a. The Revelation of Christ and the Church
13 aNow when Jesus came into the parts of 1Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say that the 2bSon of Man is?
14 And they said, 1Some, aJohn the Baptist; and others, bElijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
15 He said to them, But you, who do you say that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the 1aChrist, the 1bSon of the 2cliving God.
17 And Jesus answered and said to him, aBlessed are you, bSimon 1Barjona, because 2cflesh and blood has not drevealed this to you, but My 3Father who is in the heavens.
18 And I 1also say to you that you are 2aPeter, and upon 3this brock I will 4cbuild My 5dchurch, and the 6egates of fHades shall not prevail gagainst it.
19 I will give to you the 1akeys of the 2kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you 3bbind on the earth shall 4have been bound in the heavens, and whatever you 3loose on the earth shall 4have been loosed in the heavens.
20 Then He charged the disciples 1not to tell aanyone that He was the Christ.
b. The First Unveiling of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
21 aFrom that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He 1must go to bJerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be ckilled and on the third day be raised.
22 And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, God be merciful to You, Lord! This shall by 1no means happen to You!
23 But He turned and said to Peter, Get behind Me, 1aSatan! 2You are a stumbling block to Me, for you are 3not setting your bmind on the things of God, but on the things of men.
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him 1deny 2himself and take up his 3across and 4follow Me.
25 For whoever wants to save his asoul-life shall 1lose it; but whoever 2loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.
26 For what shall a man be profited if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his 1soul-life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul-life?
27 1For the aSon of Man is to bcome in the cglory of His Father with His dangels, and then He will 2erepay each man according to his doings.
c. Transfiguration in the Miniature of the Kingdom
28 Truly I say to you, There are some of those standing here who shall by no means taste death until they see the Son of Man 1acoming in His kingdom.
1 aAnd after six days Jesus btook with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and 1brought them up to a 2chigh mountain privately.
2 And He was 1atransfigured before them, and His face shone like the bsun, and His garments became as cwhite as the light.
3 And behold, 1aMoses and bElijah appeared to them, conversing with Him.
4 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You are willing, I will make 1three atents here, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah.
5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright acloud overshadowed them, and behold, a bvoice out of the cloud, saying, 1This is My Son, the cBeloved, in whom I have found My delight. dHear 2Him!
6 And when the disciples aheard this, they bfell on their face and were greatly frightened.
7 And Jesus came to them and atouched them and said, Arise, and do not be afraid.
8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw 1no one except Jesus Himself alone.
9 aAnd as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the 1vision to no one until the bSon of Man is craised from the dead.
10 And the disciples asked Him, saying, Why then do the scribes say that 1aElijah must come first?
11 And He answered and said, 1Elijah indeed is coming and will arestore all things;
12 But I say to you that 1aElijah has already come; and they did not recognize him, but bdid with him the things they wished. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer by them.
13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them concerning John the Baptist.
d. The Casting Out of an Epileptic Demon
14 aAnd when they came to the crowd, a man came to Him, falling on his knees before Him and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son, for he 1has epilepsy and suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire and often into the water.
16 And I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to heal him.
17 And Jesus answered and said, O aunbelieving and bperverted generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.
18 And Jesus arebuked it, and the demon came out from him; and the boy was healed from that hour.
19 Then the disciples, coming to Jesus privately, said, Why were we not able to cast it out?
20 And He said to them, Because of your alittle faith; for truly I say to you, If you have faith like a bmustard seed, you will say to this cmountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be dimpossible to you.
21 1But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
e. The Second Unveiling of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
22 aAnd while they 1were gathering together in bGalilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,
23 And they will akill Him, and on the third day He will be raised. And they were greatly grieved.
f. The Application of the Revelation and Vision of Christ's Sonship
24 And when they came to aCapernaum, those who take up the 1btemple tax came to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the 1temple tax?
25 He said, 1Yes. And when he came into the house, Jesus 2anticipated him, saying, What do you athink, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive custom or poll tax, from their sons or from strangers?
26 And when he said, From strangers, Jesus said to him, So then the 1sons are free.
27 But that we do not astumble them, 1go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And when you open its mouth, you will find a 2stater; take that and 3give it to them for Me 4and you.
g. Relationships in the Kingdom
1 aIn that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is bgreatest 1in the kingdom of the heavens?
2 And He called a little child to Him and stood him in their midst
3 And said, Truly I say to you, Unless you turn and become like alittle children, you shall by no means benter into the kingdom of the heavens.
4 He therefore who will ahumble himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.
5 And whoever receives one such little child 1because of My name, receives Me;
6 And whoever astumbles one of these little ones who believe into Me, it is 1more profitable for him that a 2great bmillstone be hung around his neck and he be drowned in the open sea.
7 Woe to the world because of astumbling blocks! For it is necessary for stumbling blocks to come, but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes.
8 If your ahand or your foot stumbles you, 1cut it off and cast it from you; it is better for you to enter into life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal bfire.
9 And if your aeye stumbles you, 1pluck it out and cast it from you; it is better for you to enter into life with one eye than to have two eyes and be cast into the 2Gehenna of fire.
10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their aangels in the heavens continually behold the face of My Father who is in the heavens.
11 1For the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.
12 aWhat do you think? bIf any man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and seek the one that has gone astray?
13 And if it so happens that he finds it, truly I say to you that he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
14 In the same way, it is not the will of 1your Father who is in the heavens that one of these little ones aperish.
15 Moreover if your brother asins against you, go, 1breprove him 2between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he does not hear you, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three awitnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he refuses to hear them, 1tell it to the 2achurch; and if he refuses to hear the church also, let him be to you 3just like the bGentile and the ctax collector.
18 Truly I say to you, Whatever you 1abind on the earth shall 2have been bound in heaven, and whatever you 1loose on the earth shall 2have been loosed in heaven.
19 Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are 1in harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they 2ask, 3it will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens.
20 For where there are 1two or three 2gathered into My name, there am I in their amidst.
21 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother asin against me and I bforgive him? Up to cseven times?
22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.
23 For this reason the kingdom of the heavens has become like a 1king who desired to 2asettle accounts with his slaves.
24 And when he began to settle them, one who owed him 1ten thousand talents was brought to him.
25 But since he did not have the means to arepay, the master commanded him to be bsold, as well as his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.
26 Then the slave fell down and worshipped him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you all.
27 And the master of that slave was moved with compassion and released him and 1forgave him the loan.
28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a 1hundred denarii, and he took hold of him and began to choke him, saying, Repay me what you owe.
29 Then his fellow slave fell down and begged him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you.
30 But he would not; instead, he went away and threw him into prison until he would repay what was owed.
31 Then his fellow slaves, seeing what had taken place, were greatly 1grieved and came and explained fully to their master all that had taken place.
32 Then his master called him to him and said to him, aEvil slave, all that debt I forgave you, because you begged me.
33 Should you not also have had amercy on your fellow slave even bas I had mercy on you?
34 And his master became angry and 1delivered him to the torturers until he would arepay all that was owed.
35 So also will My heavenly Father do to you if each of you does anot forgive his brother bfrom your hearts.
2. After Arriving in Judea
1 And when Jesus finished these words, He departed from Galilee and came into the borders of Judea abeyond the Jordan.
a. Healing the Following Crowd
2 And great crowds followed Him, and He healed them there.
b. Further Temptation by the Fundamentalists
3 aAnd some Pharisees came to Him, 1btesting Him and saying, Is it lawful for a man to 2divorce his wife for any cause?
4 And He answered and said, Have you anot read that 1He who bcreated them from the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall be ajoined to his wife; and the two shall be one flesh''?
6 So then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has yoked together, let man not aseparate.
7 They said to Him, Why then did Moses 1command us to give her a acertificate of divorce and divorce her?
8 He said to them, Moses, because of your ahardness of heart, allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the 1beginning it has not been so.
9 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for 1fornication, and marries another, commits aadultery; 2and he who marries her who has been divorced commits adultery.
10 His disciples said to Him, If the case of the man with his wife is 1like this, it is not profitable to marry.
11 And He said to them, 1Not all men can 2accept this word, but only those to whom it has been agiven.
12 For there are eunuchs who were born so from their mother's womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs 1who made themselves eunuchs abecause of the 2kingdom of the heavens. He who can accept it, let him accept it.
c. Laying Hands on the Children
13 aThen little children were brought to Him that He might lay His hands on them and pray, but the disciples brebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Allow the little children and do not prevent them from coming to Me, for aof 1such is the kingdom of the heavens.
15 And after He laid His hands on them, He went on from there.
d. The Way for a Rich Man to Enter into the Kingdom
16 aAnd behold, someone came to Him and said, Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may 1have beternal life?
17 And He said to him, Why do you ask Me concerning what is good? There is only 1One who is 2agood. But if you want to 3benter into life, 4ckeep the commandments.
18 He said to Him, Which ones? And Jesus said, "You shall anot murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness;
19 aHonor your father and mother; and you shall blove your neighbor as yourself.''
20 The young man said to Him, All these things I have kept. What do I still lack?
21 Jesus said to him, If you want to be 1aperfect, go, bsell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have ctreasure in the heavens; and come, 2dfollow Me.
22 But the young man, hearing this word, went away 1sorrowing, for he had many possessions.
23 aAnd Jesus said to His disciples, Truly I say to you, Only with difficulty will a brich man enter into the kingdom of the heavens.