Thursday, July 5, 2012

Peter: The Changed Man

I have been reading in 1 and 2 Peter and I am amazed at the difference in this apostle from when we meet him in the first few books of the New Testament. Wow! What a difference knowing Christ can make in a person's life. Simon Peter, in the earlier books is impulsive, bold, outspoken, ready to take action, and confident. His denial of knowing Jesus brought him to the absolute lowest point in his life and when push came to shove, he could not admit that he indeed was one of Jesus' followers because of the implications and punishment that could go along with such an admission. Yet, Peter isn't any different than many that come to know Christ. Many, who must first be at the absolute lowest times in their lives, before they acknowledge their need for a Saviour. Peter, walked with Jesus. Listened to Jesus. Followed Jesus. Witnessed the miracles of Jesus. For Peter, this wasn't enough. His head knowledge wasn't heart knowledge. He lacked trust and complete faith. Both of which are vital foundations and components for a relationship with God. instead, he gave into his fear. So many of us do exactly the same thing. In 1 and 2 Peter, his relationship with Christ and His Heavenly Father is evident. He had to experience despair. He had to feel the guilt of denial along with many other emotions in order for him to become the loving, bold and God inspired writer of 1 and 2 Peter. He certainly warrants further study on my part. Will you join me over the next few posts as I take a more in depth look at Peter, the changed man? Jenny