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Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?" So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.

— Mark 8:27-30

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you…

— Matt 16:17

This ancient Hebrew word has worked it’s way into everyday language that I think has become quite unhelpful...there has been a move in society to see blessing as the good life, blessing equals a successful life. Blessing is about comfort. Blessing is about ease, the perfect marriage, the obedient children, the all-inclusive holiday in the sun.

— John Harding #Blessed Series

Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

— Luke 6:20

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

— 1 Peter 3:14

"Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin."

— Romans 4:7-8

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Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

— Matthew 16:17

I...do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened...

— Ephesians 1:15-18

For you didn’t discover this on your own, but my Father in heaven has supernaturally revealed it to you. I give you the name Peter, a stone. And this truth of who I am will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my church

— Matt 16:18

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

— Matt 16:18

“I will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.”

— Matt 16:19