Q. I have a question regarding Matthew 16:23. Some people believe that Jesus was calling Peter Satan, since he said “get behind me Satan.” I however disagree & would like some clarification. Thank you for your ministry!
A. Matt. 16:23 says, 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.”
Jesus was not calling Peter Satan here. He was saying that Peter’s thought originated with Satan. He explained by saying, “You don’t have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Any thought that is contrary to the will of God has its origin with Satan.