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1 Peter

First Peter
Peter was from Bethsaida and later moved to Capernaum.  You can see the remains of Peter’s house in Capernaum today.  Peter was married and his wife accompanied him in his ministry (Mark 1:29-31 and 1 Corinthian 9:5).  According to tradition Peter had to watch as his wife was crucified.  He reportedly encouraged her by telling her to ‘remember the Lord’.  When it was Peter’s turn to be crucified he said he wasn’t worthy to be crucified like the Lord and chose to be crucified upside down.

 

Simon Peter spoke Aramaic and he was not educated in the law.  He was a fisherman and he shows up first in John 1.  His brother Andrew hears Jesus speak and runs to tell Simon that he had found the Messiah.  Andrew brought him Jesus.  Jesus said to Peter that he will be called Cephas or Peter which means stone.  In Matthew 16:13 we see that Jesus is at Caesarea Philippi where Peter answers Jesus’ question that he was the Christ and Son of the living God.  Jesus proclaimed him to be Peter.  Jesus said he would build his church on the rock.   Jesus would build His church on the confession that Christ was the Son of the Living God.  Some have confused the proclamation of Christ to be a determination of building His church on Peter.  See 1 Corinthians 12:4 that Jesus is the rock.   

 

Just like Israel and Jacob, Peter had 2 names.  The name of Simon was used in worldly and sinful nature contexts.  Where Peter is his spiritual name and used to reveal him as a saint.  Through this we can each see we each have these 2 natures and can relate to Peter.

 

Many scholars believe that Mark’s gospel is really Peters.  It was written in 64 A.D. shortly after Rome burned.  When Nero blamed the burning of Rome on the Christians a great persecution broke out against them.  Peter wrote this to encourage them. 
 

© 2010 Doug Ford

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