Question about Peter denying Jesus taught by Pastor Don Moore
My notes from Friday Bible Study 10/17/12
A question. Peter denied Jesus – will Peter go to Heaven? Jesus said that if you deny Me, I will deny you. But Jesus reinstated Peter after the incident occurred in John 21.
We looked at how this scene was presented in John and Mark.
John 18:15-18 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in. Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.
Peter was able to be near to where Jesus was because he was personally known by the guards to be the right-hand man to the prophet, John the Baptist. John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod. They were wondering if he was one of Jesus’ disciples. Peter denies this three times, as Jesus prophesied.
John 18:25-27 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.
We can pray, Lord, bring me through it, cut the losses, bring me out of it. Sometimes we are not to pray for stuff to not happen. Instead pray Lord, the storm is coming, help me get through it. That may be a testing of the Lord. Pray, Lord if this is one of your tests, let me go through it. If it is not from You, then stop it.
Peter must face his own weakness and cowardliness. He did not have stalwart strength and fortitude like he thought he would have.
We need to get victory over our own flesh before we can help others overcome their weaknesses. Jesus was tested in all areas, just as we are. In order for Jesus to be tempted, the temptations had to really be temptations. The test is important. Have a good attitude when you go through trials.
After Peter denied Jesus three times, the rooster crowed.
Mark 14:66-72 Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came. And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.” But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, “Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.
Mark was a scribe for Peter. Here we see Peter cursing and swearing, getting a bit rough. Jesus was only an earshot away.
The Holy Spirit caused Peter to recall what Jesus said and Peter wept.
The more Word of God you have in you, the greater the Holy Spirit has the ability to come into you and bring truth to your mind. We want to sow enough Word in ourselves so, even in casual instances, God can speak truth of the Word to you.
The Amplified Bible – Mark 14:72 And at once for the second time a cock crowed. And Peter remembered how Jesus said to him, Before a cock crows twice, you will utterly deny Me [disclaiming all connection with Me] three times. And having put his thought upon it [and remembering], he broke down and wept aloud and lamented.
Amplified says Peter wept aloud and lamented. He came face-to-face with the girl and denied Jesus.
Jesus is looking for us at the moment of our own greatest failure. He is waiting at the bottom of the stairs to embrace us and say, “Hey, let’s get back up.” We get a deeper understanding of the cross and the empty tomb.
John 21:1-3 After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing. They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
Simon Peter decides to go fishing. When we disqualify ourselves from the instructions of God, the first thing we do is return to our previous occupation or identity, something we have worldly success at. We make excuses for why we can’t be promoted, not realizing it is our right attitude toward our failure that puts us in position for God to promote us.
Instead, we want to learn from our failure and stand against the enemy. Know the enemy will target us when we do the work of an evangelist. Our flesh interrupts it so we fail and believe God can’t use us because we failed. Instead of retreating, go forward. Failures are steppingstones to success. They are your training ground.
Simon Peter had a successful fishing business, so successful that the business ran while they were traveling with Jesus for, depending on how you read the Scriptures, the one to three years of Jesus’ ministry. And, they still had a business go to back to.
John 21:4-5 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”
When a leader (like Simon Peter) gets off track, people follow him and they follow him for years.
Each church has an angel and a direction to go. God may have given a church a minister with the gift teacher. If that teacher tries to do something not in the teaching direction, even if it is a good ministry such as clothing distribution, that pastor is going out of the perfect will of God for that minister’s life and bringing the church with him/her.
Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Jesus is not surprised at what happened to Simon Peter, he prayed for him prior to the event. When faith fails, we have the choice to walk through the failure and leave Jesus.
Do you have the faith to succeed? Never go back, go toward Jesus and do His work.
With Simon Peter, the other disciples are willing to follow a fallen man, all of them.
When Jesus was arrested all of them hightailed it out of there except for John who stayed and was seen at the foot of the Cross. That is why he succeeded where they failed. John’s test was a test of longtime endurance. John was still alive in AD90.
Each of us have a different calling and responsibility. That’s why we are not to judging each other.
John 21:4-6 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
They got to the correct side – do what Jesus says.
John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
John talks about himself in the third person by saying “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” John was able to perceive the Lord faster than the rest of them. Sometimes a person given responsibility doesn’t necessarily have perception. He has to know where to draw perception. John knows the heart of Christ quicker than Peter.
Guilt sometimes stops you from acknowledging spiritual truth.
In 1 Corinthians Paul says, when you come together, each of you brings something – a psalm, a prayer, a spiritual truth.
Pastor Don said that the praise team is not there to entertain, they are there to guide praise and worship. The whole congregation is the praise team. Everyone in the congregation should be sincerely praising. God is not looking for the best performance, but for sincere praise. It may not always be in the best voice or the greatest talent.
John perceives the circumstance. Peter doesn’t perceive it. Peter has to get beyond Peter.
1 John 21:8-9 But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish. Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.
Fish and bread – another miracle. Our Lord knows how to reset our net. He knew before we got in the bad situation what we need.
1 John 21:10-11 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.
This is a prophetic mystery – 153.
Jesus is about to lift sin off of Peter, take the disciples out of sin and send them out as missionaries. The Lord spoke, then they counted the fish. It was 153 fish. There are 153 nations on the face of the earth at the time that the Roman Empire was at its apex.
I love how God is in the restoration business. Have a blessed day.