A Study Of The Apostle PETER
Matt 17:1-5 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Here Peter equates, or equalizes Moses and Elias with Jesus Christ. He proposes building THREE tabernacles on the mountain. But Moses and Elijah have nothing to say to the people anymore. They sayings were a shadow of things to come in the New Covenant. The New Covenant is now beginning. God says hear ye HIM. He doesnt say hear ye ALL THREE. CHRIST is Preeminent. There is NO OTHER NAME under heaven by which we must be saved.
Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (a lame man the apostles just healed) This is the stone which was set at nought (despised) of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The stone despised and rejected became the chief, or most important stone in the construction of a building. A building laid out and is built from the cornerstone out and up.
In Matt 16 Peter is a believer.
Matt 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
But in Matt 26 he denies Christ.
Peter, as a believer without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, is afraid.
Matt 26:58 But Peter followed him afar off (way behind) unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
Matt 26:69-70 Now Peter sat without (outside of the doors) in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Matt 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Matt 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
All four gospels record this event as happening AFTER Peter was a saved believer. This is after Jesus said to Peter "upon this Rock I will build my Church. What kind of Rock? The rock, or truth of Peters statement." Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Matt 16:15-16 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
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Matt 16:22-23 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Get thee behind me Satan. Jesus knew who was prompting Peter. Jesus told Satan the same thing in Matt 4:10 when He was being tempted by him. Peter manifests his discernment in Matt 16:16, but here in verse 22 he shows his lack of discernment. At this time Peter knows "only in part". A FULL understanding has not yet come to the apostles.
Before Pentecost the twelve apostles often fluctuated, or changed between sharp spiritual discernment and almost total lack of understanding.. The Holy Ghost had not yet come. But why are so many Christians that way today, when they are supposed to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Babes in Christ you say? Who can admire a 30-40 year old man in diapers and sucking on a bottle of milk? DISGUSTING!
Gal 2:11-14 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles.
Here Peter had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but he was afraid of offending the Jews.
Peter too, just as all of the apostles and great prophets of the Old Testament were men of like passion as us.
James 5:17 Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
This is to say he was similarly affected, or influenced to sin the same as any of us.
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Touched with the feeling --A fellow-feeling, sympathy, compassion. He KNOWS how we feel. He KNOWS what we go through when we are tempted.
Infirmities-- feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally, frailty, weakness
Jesus Christ was ONE OF US.
Matt 26:38-39 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matt 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matt 26:44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Just as Paul the apostle asked God three times to remove the thorn from his side, so Jesus asked His Father to remove the cup from Him if it be Gods will.
2 Cor 12:7-8 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
I believe God answered His Son as He answered Paul. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee. (2 Cor 12:9)
Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
You see-Jesus Christ was one of us. He was IN THE FLESH.
Jesus Christ needed help from God the Father, just as we do.
Luke 22:42-43 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.