PETER DENIES JESUS
(66) And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: (67) And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. (68) But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. (69) And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. (70) And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. (71) But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. (72) And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
What are you afraid of? Why? What fears has the Lord delivered you from? How did He do that?
PETER REVEALS JESUS
Act 4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. 5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Metamorphosis happened to Peter somewhere between Mark chapter 14 and Acts chapter 4. It is possible that only a couple short months spans the two chapters. Maybe even less time than that. There weren’t too many experiences recorded in the life of Peter that are recorded during that time span.
Metamorphosis = Bruce Banner into Green Monster
Metamorphosis = Caterpillar into Butterfly
Metamorphosis = sinner in the world to Christian in the church
Before denying the Lord 3 times – Peter had seen miracles:
- Blind eyes open
- Devils cast out – Mary Magdalene
- Dead girl raised – Lazarus raised
- He had walked on water with Jesus
- He saw how Jesus controlled the weather and storms
- He saw how He had the boldness to speak to the religious rulers and call them vipers and turn over tables in the temple.
- He realized how Jesus can read minds and speak words that changed lives.
- He already received the revelation that Jesus Christ was God made flesh and was the Messiah.
- Peter had already received the keys to the kingdom and even performed miracles himself.
- Peter had already seen the glory of God and a manifestation of Moses and Elijah along with hearing a voice from heaven declaring Jesus to be the Messiah.
What was Peter’s problem in denying the Lord? He was afraid of what they would do to him. Now that Jesus was captured what would they do to him? If a man who can do all these things is not strong enough to fight off the Roman government then what can I do – Peter thought. The high priest and the leaders of the Jews will surely kill Jesus and His followers – so because of the FEAR inside of him – PETER DENIED HE KNEW THE LORD. He spoke in fear. He acted in fear.
Something, however, took place to give Peter a boldness and a desire to reveal Jesus instead of denying Him. His spirit of fear was gone.
Something happened to Peter between Mark 14 and Acts 4. Whatever it was Peter found the courage. Whatever it was Peter found the boldness. Whatever happened to him it left him without fear and in a position of power and authority with God.
What was it?
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Step 1: Present yourself to God (Repentance / Deny self.)
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.(2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:1-2 (BBE) For this reason I make request to you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you will give your bodies as a living offering, holy, pleasing to God, which is the worship it is right for you to give him. (2) And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.
We must present ourselves to God. Come as we are. Jesus said if any man thirst let him come unto me and drink. He that believes – shall receive.
Visit Calvary – be honest and realize we are nothing compared to Him
Repentance is a death to self. The first step is to come to Jesus and believe His words – die to everything else. Every other agenda, including your own.
Let go of the World
Romans 6:12-13 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Surrender to God – Some of you are not transformed because you won’t let go of the world. I was faced with a tough choice in friends, lifestyle, job; career path… all of those things must be abandoned if you are going to be transformed.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Put on Christ – Luke said the promise of the Father is to be endued with power from on high. That literally means to be clothed with or to sink into a garment from above.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
We are to ask our heavenly Father and He will gladly give the
Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13) – this is what Jesus said would clothe us into a new man and a new creature.
Ezekiel said it is a NEW SPIRIT and a NEW HEART that God will give us. When we receive the Holy Ghost we are made NEW. This is all part of the transformation process.
Benefits of receiving the Holy Ghost:
- COMFORT: John 14:26 – The Comforter and the Helper to remember. Jesus said the Spirit wasn’t come yet. But when it did come…
- REST: Isaiah Prophesied that stammering lips and an unknown tongue would be the rest for the weary. Paul confirms this was talking about the Spirit in his letter to the Corinthian church when talking about the gifts of the Spirit. Jesus said, “I will give you rest”.
- PEACE & JOY: Romans 14:17 – in the Holy Ghost there is righteous peace and joy.
- POWER: Acts 1:8 – power for what? To be witnesses for Jesus Christ. Power to do what is right. It’s hard to be transformed without the Holy Ghost. You don’t have enough power on your own.
- STRENGTH: to win battles over our spiritual enemy. 1 John 4:1-4. Greater is He that is in you. Then he that is in the world. The Holy Ghost gives you the strength you would never seem to find on your own.
4 Keys to putting on Christ
- Prayer (where you will receive the Holy Ghost)
- Study (where you will find there is One God and the power of His name)
- Fasting (where you will subdue the desires of the flesh and sinful nature)
- Community/Church attendance (where you will find true identity and purpose in life – and all of the above)
Know where you are going – Move Forward
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
How does it happen?
Same way it happened to Peter. Experience Pentecost – the infilling of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 10:44-47 (KJV) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. (45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. (46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 11:15-17 (KJV) And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. (16) Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (17) Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
If Peter called that the beginning… we must take note that this is the beginning for us. Peter had 3 years to repent and flush out his religious understanding to embrace something totally new. I believe God wants to do something totally new in us here today.
He wants lives to be Transformed!
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- As you reflect on Sunday’s sermon, what one principle or insight stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp? Why?
- If Pastor Anthony had to give an abbreviated version of Sunday’s message, what two points or ideas would you tell him to include no matter what? Why?
- Read Phil 2:12-18. How does Paul encourage the Philippians to ‘keep moving forward?’ What sticks out to you most in this passage? How does it change you?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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