“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.”
1 Peter 5:6
The name Peter means “rock.” He was Andrew’s brother and the son of Jonah. Born in Bethsaida, he is presented as a course fisherman. He is mentioned more times than any other character in the New Testament, other than Jesus. He was easy to love, with a great heart, and an enthusiasm that knew no boundaries. He just had aspects in his personality that were too rough, and for that reason Jesus molded him like no other disciple, as he swung like a pendulum between courage and cowardice at important moments. He denied Jesus in the days of the crucifixion (Matthew 26:73-75) and then in the Acts of the Apostles he is the outstanding personality and apostolic preaching leader before large crowds at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-40). That Peter of potent voice and daring words, who speaks with self-confidence, now counsels wives “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning… But let it be… that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,” and husbands to treat their wives with consideration and respect. The man who cut off a man’s ear to defend Jesus (John 18:10) now advises submission to the authorities (1 Peter 2:13). Peter protested when Jesus predicted that he would die (Mark 8:32) and now solemnly praises the suffering of Christ and presents it as ideal (1 Peter 2:20-24). In time, the quicksand of Peter’s personality solidified until they became as solid as granite. Peter finally earned the nickname that Jesus had given him years earlier: the “rock” (Matthew 16:18), and when he instructs believers to hold fast in the true grace of God (1 Peter 5:12) one understands that Peter learned the hard way the lessons he now conveys to others, and Jesus’ words “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16: 16-17) become evident.
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