23 Sep What can we learn from the life and times of Apostle Peter? (2)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) September 23, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:35
Peter was an exceptional disciple in more ways than one. Did you notice that apart from Jesus he was the only other person in history who walked on water? What can we learn from this flawed character that was later transformed into the fire spitting leader of the apostolic group, whose influence in the early church was tremendous?
What can we glean from the book Peter wrote wherein he introduced himself as an apostle (1Pe 1:1), without explaining or justifying his apostleship; not adding a phrase like “by the will of God” as Paul did on some occasions (1Co 1:1)? This week, we’ll consider a few admonitions from Peter’s first epistle.
1. Because we are saved, our conduct should be that of a holy people (1Pe 1:13–17): Peter said we should gird up the loins of our mind, be sober and rest our hope fully upon God’s grace, not conforming to former lusts. Fulfilling God’s call to holiness requires that we, in obedience, break off with the lifestyle of the world. The main idea behind holiness is not moral purity but the idea of “apartness,” being separated unto God. Holiness means to think holy, as transformation begins in the mind.
2. To exercise genuine love, we need to be filled with God’s word (1Pe 1:18–25): Peter spoke about the indestructibility of the word of God. If the word of God is as Isa 40:8 says it is, then we are both obligated and empowered by it, to live out the kind of love and holiness Peter spoke of. Holy living is incomplete if it is not accompanied by love. To be a Christian means to have a sincere love of one another, exercising such love fervently. Only those who have been born again by the eternal word of God can exhibit genuine love. The word of God has certainly endured over time, surviving centuries of manual transcription, of persecution, of ever-changing philosophies, of all kinds of critics, of neglect both in the pulpit and in the pew.
3. Growth in Christ is only through God’s word (1Pe 2:1–3): We can only grow in Christ if the word of God is inside of us, that was why Peter said we should always desire the pure milk of the word. Although Paul rebuked the Corinthians for being able to only receive milk (1Co 3:1-2), believers should never be tired of the simple truths of the Gospel. To drink the milk of the word is to ‘taste’ again and again what God is like, for in the hearing of God’s word believers experience the joy of personal fellowship with the Lord himself. However, this can only make sense when we lay aside all malice, guile, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking.
Will you lift up your voice this week and pray thus: Father in Heaven, I may be at the stage Peter was during Christ’s ministry, when he denied Christ, when he was impetuous and highly opinionated. But I want to be like the later day Peter who became the leader of the apostles. Help me attain that sort of transformation that made Peter proclaim the good news boldly. God, take me to that place of confidence in your ability to do what you have promised to do.
Have a great week.