Peter, Peter

Peter is my favourite apostle, for the simple fact that he’s the one I can most easily identify with. Throughout the Gospels he says and does regrettable things; when the Holy Spirit gets a hold of him, he’s utterly transformed from Simon (shaky) to Peter (rock).

Peter and following

When Jesus was arrested and taken to the High Priest, the Bible records that Peter followed him at a distance (Matt 26:58, Mark 14:54, Luke 22:54). He has been criticised for this—not wanting to get too close for comfort, but we need to give credit where credit is due: at least he was following. The rest had fled. The interesting point I wanted to bring out is this: After the breakfast on the beach recorded in John 21, Jesus reinstates Peter and commands him, “Follow me!” That Peter did, all the way to death on an upside-down cross.

Peter and precious

‘Precious’ isn’t a word I use very often. In the 8 chapters of 1 & 2 Peter, he manages to use it in the Greek 6 times, which is  high–density usage. In 1 Peter, it is all about Christ:

[B]ut with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1:19)

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him (2:4)

For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”   (2:6)

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,”   (2:7)

In 2 Peter, ‘precious’ describes our faith and God’s promises:

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours (1:1b)

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises (1:4a)

May I, like Peter, be instructed by the Spirit to treasure Christ much, much more, and through that to treasure the faith He gives and the promises He makes.