Peter And The Promise

Apart from his being the first to acknowledge that Jesus was the Christ, the son of God, almost everything Peter did in the Gospels ended in a correction, a rebuke, or just simple failure. It is hard to imagine how to be a worse disciple than Peter, short of rejecting the faith entirely, once and for all. He could be relied upon to fail at doing God’s bidding, with one or two salient exceptions. Yet these exceptions were enough for Jesus to proclaim that he was the rock. Why?

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  • John Dunn says:

    Aaahh, but the Rock had not yet received the indwelling Spirit of God and the greatness of His power (John 7:38-39, John 14:26, Eph 3:16). The weak and bumbling band of disciples, so often faithless and failing, became very different men after the Spirit was given. It was to their great “advantage” that Jesus went away from them (John 16:7), for by the Spirit’s power they would do “greater works” (John 14:12). They became mighty Apostles of Jesus Christ.

    Therefore, we should not justify our weaknesses by comparing ourselves with men who had not yet received the promised indwelling Spirit and His power. We are those who now “live by the Spirit” (Gal 5:25).

  • Mitchell Hammonds says:

    Great article Tullian!

    bleh… to previous comment…

  • the Old Adam says:

    And how (bleh).

    Let’s figure out a way to turn the focus on us! (bleh)

  • John Dunn says:

    We should never be ashamed to talk about us, so long as it is “Christ who lives in us” (Gal 2:20), “the hope of glory” (Col 1:27), the “immeasurable greatness of His power” (Eph 1:19), and the riches of His glory whereby He grants us “to be strengthened WITH POWER through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith” (Eph 3:16-17).

  • butterlight says:

    John Dunn,

    You unnecessarily differeniate the power of the Spirit from the power of the Son of God. You offer us a false dichotomy where none is needed.


  • Randy says:

    John: You necessarily show through scripture that Jesus is the source of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


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