But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16: 23
Many say that Peter was influenced by Satan, but when you study this verse closely, you will find that Peter was neither influenced nor possessed by Satan.
How do I know?
Because of Satan’s plan!
Satan’s plan was not to keep Jesus alive as Peter’s was. How then can someone say Peter was influenced or possessed by Satan?
The question should be: what did Jesus mean when He said, “Get thee behind me Satan”?
The term/word “Satan” is used in the Bible to describe either the being named Satan or any adversaries. The Hebrew word שָׂטָן (sah-than) here mean adversary or opposer rather than Satan (the being) based on the context:
21. From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:21-23
As we see, in context:
1- Peter opposed (sah-that) Jesus’ words
2- Jesus said in verse 23 that Peter savoured the things of men, “…for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of MEN”
Of men, not of Satan (the Devil)!
New English Translation Bible puts it this way, “But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” (Matthew 16:23).
Again! Nowhere did Jesus say that, Peter set his mind on Satan’s interests, but rather on men’s interests.
Remember that Satan wanted Jesus to die not to live as Peter suggested.
Paul himself said,
6. Now we do speak wisdom among the mature, but not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are perishing.
7. Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery that God determined before the ages for our glory.
8. None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8 NET).
Who are the rulers (lords) of this age (Worlds)? Satan and his cohorts as stated in Ephesians 6:12. He did not know that the death of Jesus is for the salvation of everyone who would believe. If he knew that he wouldn’t have influenced people to kill Jesus.
That’s the reason why there is today a religion that denies the death of Jesus Christ. I truly believe that Satan is the god of that religion (Islam). He knows he lost the battle, but tries to deceive and rob people of their salvation. He is even called “The greatest of deceivers” (Qur’an 3:54); and the Bible refers this attribute to Satan himself (John 8:44 and Revelation 12:9).
Judas was influenced/possessed by Satan (Luke 22:3; John 6:70-71; 13:2, 26-27; 18:1-5), and see what he did? He betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:10-11; Luke 6:16; John 12:4; 13:2) to be killed. That’s Satan’s plan, not to keep Him alive as Peter’s.
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