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Geneva Notes / Commentary on Mark 8:27-38

Mr 8:27
8:27 {6} And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns
of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his
disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

(6) Many praise Christ, who yet nonetheless rob him of his

Mr 8:30
8:30 {7} And he charged them that they should tell no man of

(7) Christ has appointed certain times for the preaching of the
gospel, and therefore here defers it to a more appropriate
time, lest sudden haste should rather hinder than further
the mystery of his coming.

Mr 8:31
8:31 {8} And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must
suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and [of]
the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after
three days rise again.

(8) All that Christ suffered for us he suffered not
unwillingly, neither as being unaware, but foreknowing it
and willingly.

Mr 8:32
8:32 {9} And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him,
and began to rebuke him.

(9) None are more mad than they that are wise without the word
of God.

Mr 8:33
8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples,
he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for
thou {h} savourest not the things that be of God, but the
things that be of men.

(h) This is not godly, but worldly wisdom.

Mr 8:34
8:34 {10} And when he had called the people [unto him] with his
disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow me.

(10) The disciples of Christ must bear bravely whatever burden
the Lord lays upon them, and subdue the desires of the

Mr 8:36
8:36 {11} For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul?

(11) They are the most foolish of all men who purchase the
pleasures of this life with the loss of everlasting bliss.

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