And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying to them…
I. It is evident, from the history, that our Lord desired to awaken some sort of anxiety in the minds of His followers, and to excite their feelings of loyalty to truth and to Himself, so that they might be upon their guard against disaffection under any popular pressure, or any wild popular perversions of His character or mission.
II. This, then, was the great confession of faith, which has come down to us through the ages.
1. First, it will follow from a story like this, that it is of vast consequence what a man believes, and all the more if he be sincere in his creed.
2. We learn also that it is not enough to admit the bare record, and so simply consent to an historic Christ.
3. Again, to a human soul, struggling for its immortal life, Jesus the Saviour is everything at once, or He is nothing forever.
(C. S. Robinson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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?