9 comments on “Peter Gets it Right

      • Peter showed that he was in fact on the side of the Unitarians and Arians, by stridently denying the need for Jesus to die. I am firmly of the opinion that Peter and the other disciples were miles from being converted at this stage in their association with the Lord Jesus Chist. Peter’s profession of believing Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of God, was immediately hollowed out by his rejection of Jesus teaching regarding the necessity of the Christ’s death and resurrection. Peter wanted his life his way, and did not want to give that up for the cross of Christ. The cross is an offence because not only does it show us that we are sinners, but also that we ourselves can do nothing about our sin and are wholly dependent upon the Son of God.

      • Well, it seems to me that every time Jesus spoke of the necessity of his suffering and death (and resurrection), the disciples changed the subject to ‘which of them will be the greatest’ — even at the last supper they did this! This suggests the response of unregenerate hearts. It was only after the death and resurrection, and particularly after the day of Pentecost, that they showed any real interest in the Gospel. All the best.

        • Of course I may be entirely mistaken, but since you used the expression “unregenerate hearts” it seems only fair to point out that they couldn’t possibly have been otherwise without the Holy Spirit indwelling them, and that did not occur until Pentecost; certainly it wasn’t going to happen prior to the cross.

          • Surely there were true believers before the day of Pentecost, and no one truly believes without the work of the Holy Spirit — Abraham foresaw Christ’s day, and was glad — so did David. Zaccheus, we are told (Luke 19:9), was saved by faith before the death of Christ, being a true son of Abraham. Yet, in Matthew 18:3, Jesus tells his disciples explicitly that they were still in need of that change required to bring them into the kingdom of heaven – just as Nicodemas told of his need to be born again, a need that ought not to have surprised a teacher in Israel. Best.

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