ANSWERS: 5
  • Satan, apart from being the name of one of the angels, also means "adversary" in Hebrew/Aramaic. In this context, it's likely that he meant the latter.
  • None of the above. Jesus said this to Peter in response of Peter's denial that Jesus would go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the chief priests and elders. (Matt16:21). Jesus' point was that this was God's plan for him and thus would be His fate. Peter was not thinking in terms of God's ways, but of man's way of thinking. Jesus shortly after said... "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Matt(16:24-25) I believe Jesus might have called Peter "Satan" to try and make a point that God's priorities are much different from man's priorities. For man, is easily tempted by worldly things...which Satan is deliberately involved in.
  • In some theologian camps, some think that Jesus was directly addressing Satan, not Peter. Meaning He (Jesus) knew who is behind the emotional outburst from Peter and quickly arrested the proceedings…In another word, Peter was under influence of Satan just as Judas was when Satan entered him at the last supper and Jesus knew it… In Christ..
  • I think Jesus was tired of Satan messing with Him. Jesus spoke to the adversary who pestered him all along his way to the cross. and afterwards with Judas killing himself, his confession of his miss deeds. Jesus loved Judas as a brother. Satan messed it up, yet Judas was really guided by the grand scheme of things spiritual.
  • Based on the teachings of Jesus, Peter was acting out of the flesh by his audacious behavior. Luke 6:29 "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."

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