Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you,” He asked; “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matthew 16.13-16) The teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees changed the opinion of Jesus’ identity was for many of the Israelites. Some thought he was a resurrected John the Baptist or the forerunner of the Messiah and Elijah, but no one had openly confessed Jesus as the Messiah. Peter spoke on behalf of the twelve disciples and, “Understood Jesus in a consonant with that of intertestamental Judaism”( Davids, Peter H. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible), believing that Jesus would deliver Israel from its enemies and restore a long lasting nation of prosperity. Peter confessed that Jesus was the indeed the Messiah. Jesus was pleased with Peter’s response and promised him the foundation of the rock of His church.(Matt.16.17-18) Peter’s confession was later tested when Jesus revealed His suffering,death and resurrection to His disciples. “He(Jesus) spoke plainly about this, and Peter began to rebuke him.” (Mark.8.31-32) Jesus’ disciples didn’t expect His absence. Their considerations was not on Jesus’ earthly ministry, but on the promised Kingdom of God. When Jesus spoke of dying and sufferin...
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...ter’s first letter is the paradoxical situation of Jesus’ followers. A person with seemingly self-contradictory qualities cannot conform to God’s will and submit to human authorities established by God. Divine “testing” and the purity constancy of faith derive from the estrangement of society and the union with God. Peter calls Christians to be submissive and ultimate servants of The One who has called them to His grace. The context of 1st Peter highlights Peter’s appreciation and comprehension of Jesus’ identity.
The Lord providing Peter with qualities that would enable him to become the corner stone of the church.“Young” Simon Peter was boastful and self confident while “old” S. Peter was humbled and crucified with Jesus. Peter no longer walked in his own path but walked in the example of salvation through Christ, in tender love and suffering for the glory of God.
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