Matthew 16:22-23 “Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke. “Never, Lord!, he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Yikes! Poor Peter! The disciples are with Jesus as he explained to them that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer “many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law” (vs 21) and that he would be killed, yet on the third day he would raise to life.
Peter, God love him, outgoing Peter, suddenly takes Jesus aside (can’t you picture him grabbing Jesus by the arm and getting in his face?) and says that it would never happen! Eeek!!! Don’t grab him, Peter!
Jesus turns (and perhaps raises one brow…..like my mom) and sharply rebukes him….even calling him Satan!
I found so many different views from different scholars. William Hendriksen says, “This rendering has been interpretated to mean that the Lord was merely telling Peter that he had committed a breach of etiquette when he grabbed hold of Jesus and tried to pull him aside, and that he must now assume his previous position in the lineup and start walking behind Jesus again.”
Matthew Nixion says, “For a moment Peter is almost an incarnation of Satan. Because Jesus words are almost the same as those he used with the devil in the third temptation (Matt. 4:10) many believe Peter was indwelt by Satan.”
I BELIEVE…Jesus wants us to think like He thinks….with a heavenly perspective above and beyond human thinking.
I DON’T BELIEVE…Jesus wants us to become mindless robots, but rather that our thoughts should begin to match the thoughts of God as His spirit works within us. He wants us to look at people and circumstances from His perspective.
Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.”
To think like God means to trust His guidance and not rely on our own understanding. To think like God means we need to allow GOD to interpret the facts, since He is the truth. To think like God means that we take ungodly thoughts captive and bring them before Jesus. We need Him to renew our minds and guide our thoughts so God can guide us.
If you want to develop the mind of Christ, you need to begin thinking like Jesus. HIS thoughts were focused on the Father, thinking more of others than Himself.
Jesus confronted Peter about his way of thinking, not to condemn him, but to teach him the ways of God. God knows you can’t do it alone and that is why He’s placed the Holy Spirit inside you, to transform your mind into the mind of Christ.