Great lessons that Peter and the disciples learned. What do you ground yourself on?
Good morning, grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus to all who seek him and love his presence. Great are the lessons in the Word of our God and today once again we want to meditate on the life of Peter and what he learned in his journey following Jesus Christ.
I like to study the Bible Handbook of Halley it teaches us many things that give us a clearer picture. If you have this manual, you will find on page 478 more information on this subject. We will just mention a few here to help you better understand the issue here. Peter's confession is also described in Mark 8 and Luke 9. This manual explains that it was already around three years that when Peter had accepted Jesus as the Messiah; according to Jo. 1: 41,42. A year later, he he called him "Lord" according to Luke 5: 8. Approximately six months after this he called him "the Holy One of God" = Jo. 6: 68.69. Now after spending two and a half years traveling with Jesus, he expressed the conviction that Jesus is the Son of the living God.
Take some time to meditate a little, how long is it that you follow Jesus, after having accepted him in your heart? What do You declare about Jesus in the sight of the people? Or, are you one of those who only believe in it, and live how you think it's right; although you do not believe it to be necessary to always preach about God? We have to be very cautious in this, because one thing is to preach, quite another to let Jesus shine through our lives. And, sure Peter left his light shine, he was not ashamed to confess what he believed about Jesus; the master now he followed. In the verse of Mt. 16:18 Jesus answers about this statement of Peter the following: "For I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it;"
Upon this rock (v. 18) The rock on which Jesus would build his church is not Peter; but about the fact that he confessed that as a human being, that Jesus is the Son of God. The divinity of Jesus is the foundation on which the church is based, This is the fundamental creed of Christianity. This is the unmistakable meaning of this language.
The keys of the kingdom of heaven . (v.19) The common interpretation of this verse is that Peter opened the door of salvation to the Jews at Pentecost (Acts 2); and then to the Gentiles Acts 9-10. He was not given the power to forgive sins, but to proclaim the conditions of forgiveness. Whatever authority was granted to Peter, also was granted to the other apostles as Matthew 18:18. and Jo. 20:23. - And that only in the sense of being able to declare forgiveness through Christ. All this happened in Caesarea Philippi located in the far north of Israel, one of the initial tributaries of the Jordan River to Mount Hermon foothills, 80 km southwest of Damascus was the city that in NT times was called Caesarea Philippi. (Halley's Biblical handbook pg. 478).
We have much to learn from the life of Peter and the other disciples that learned as they walked with Jesus; just like you and I do aswell. We learn in our daily journey. We note that Peter had a very natural reaction as a human being to what Jesus said to them in verse 21 .
In Matthew 16: 21-23 Jesus Predicts His Death: “21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
We see clearly that at this ocasion Peter reacted as a person who thinks with the mind of man. The revelation he declared before was given by the Holy Spirit; But at this time he acted as Peter only. We see the love and respect he had for Jesus and as a friend and teacher who Jesus was, Peter just wanted to protect him from such suffering and all that he had said he would pass. We do not always think with the mind of Christ which is given us to us; and this is what happened with Peter at this ocasion. This is natural, and at a situation like this we need that Jesus shows us once again the purpose that God has in all this. Peter learned a profound lesson that day. And you and I learn what from the experience of Peter?
Why you believe that Jesus said to Peter, "Get thee behind me, Satan, who serves me scandal; because you do not understand the things that are of God, but those that are of men. "I think it was because Peter allowed Satan to put those thoughts in his mind, that that do not proceeded from God. Each of us who are followers of Jesus Christ, we must always ask for discernment if what came into our hearts to speak was inspired by the Holy Spirit or if it came from another source. Great lesson to be learned. Glory to God. Jesus has patience in teaching us, hallelujahs. Glory to God for this.