by Sandy Kirby Quandt
After spending the past year studying Romans along with First and Second Corinthians, I decided to read an epistle not written by Paul. I ended up reading First and Second Peter; the apostle Herbert Lockyer titled a chapter in his book, All the Apostles of the Bible, “The Apostle Who Was Hot-Headed. Lockyer titled his chapter on Paul, “The Apostle Extraordinaire.”
With comparisons like that it’s easy to see how people may overlook Peter’s contributions to the advancement of the Gospel and God’s kingdom here on earth.
We know Peter was a prosperous fisherman who left his nets to follow Jesus. We know Jesus changed the fisherman’s name from Simon to Peter, saying he would build his church upon Peter-the rock.
As a Jew, we can assume Peter attended the synagogue, but did not receive any special rabbinical training until he met Jesus.
Peter was impetuous. He acted first, and thought later as evidenced on many occasions. Including his denial of Christ. Peter’s prejudice against the Gentiles kept him from taking the Gospel to them until he was shown in a vision God accepts everyone.
It was Peter who preached the first sermon after Christ’s resurrection on the day of Pentecost. A day which saw about 3,000 people accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He endured unimaginable hardship and sacrifice to lead in the cause of Christ. To the point of death by crucifixion.
As I read Peter’s letters, I realized although the books are short with a total of only eight chapters, there is not one chapter in either book in which I haven’t underlined and memorized a large amount of verses. Not going to try and figure out the percent. I just know it’s a lot. 🙂
Thinking about the differences between Peter and Paul it once again became clear to me that God calls different individuals to him to spread the message of salvation through his son. He calls unique individuals who aren’t perfect, just forgiven. He calls men and women with both good and bad qualities.
God calls those with different skill sets and interests. All of which can be molded in the Father’s hands to advance his kingdom on earth.
Do you have a favorite verse from First or Second Peter? I have lots, but I’ll close with one I repeat often.
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Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:8-10 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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