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The Rock: Study Of 1 & 2 Peter: Peter Introduction Part 1

After a time of prayer, I thought it would be advantageous for us to delve into a brief study on the books of Peter as we continue the Elect Lady’s Corner. First of all, who is the Apostle Peter and how relevant was he to the New Testament Church then and our Church world today? Let’s start with the first time we hear of an encounter with Peter and Jesus. But, before this encounter, we find Jesus first being led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil according to Matthew 4:1.

But, after Jesus had fasted 40 days and 40 nights without eating, He was hungry. Isn’t that like Satan to approach you when he thinks you’re weak and vulnerable. Trying to make you doubt who you are and at the same time pretending he has a solution to your problem. Satan tempted Jesus saying: “If you really are the Son of God, change these stones to bread so you can eat and live.”

Jesus knowing this was not about appeasing his natural appetite, but a spiritual battle to conquer His allegiance to Satan and away from the Word of God. So, Jesus responded to Satan in Matthew 4:4:”…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” So, Satan changed his strategy and tried to use the Word out of context to get Jesus to submit to him. 
Matthew 4:5-6 said: “Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written: He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, Lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”  But, remember, it’s not enough to know the Word, but you must also know how to rightly divide the Word. 

Jesus responded to Satan in Matthew 4:7: “…It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” But, many times when Satan cannot get you to walk away from your spiritual stand, he will offer you natural things to entice you. So, Matthew 4:8 said: “Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

Jesus responded with the last knock out punch to Satan in verse10 and said: “Get thee hence Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Verse 11 said: “Then the devil leaveth Him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” Right after this battle with Satan, Jesus’ earthly ministry begins! 

The first call to follow Jesus as one of His disciples is Peter and his brother Andrew. Matthew 4:18-20 said: “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And He (Jesus) said unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Peter and Andrew discerned the voice of Jesus and straightway or immediately left their nets and followed Jesus. 

So, Peter’s purpose and destiny begins. Once you’ve heard the call of God, it’s time to leave the past behind you, and to walk in the newness of life with Christ; only then will life have real purpose. So, Peter and the other 11 Apostles walked with Jesus for 3 ½ years in His earthly ministry. They observed as Jesus did many signs, wonders, miracles, and healings throughout His earthly ministry. But, most of all they observed the intimate relationship He had with God, the Father. 

They also observed how the Old Testament was a shadow of things to come in the New Testament concerning Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Jesus’ earthly life could be traced from the first Adam in Creation to Himself as the second Adam; to Abraham, the Father of many nations; to Himself as the Father of all nations; to King David who was the greatest King of Israel to Himself as the King of Kings, to the Resurrection as the firstborn of the dead, and the list goes on to the genealogy of Christ in Matthew chapter one! Let’s stop here and pick up next week as continue our study of the relevance of the Apostle Peter’s ministry as the church began in the New Testament and how it will end in our present time.

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