Simon Barjona aka Peter

The Father revealed through Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. The credit goes to the Father for the revelation. It was not through flesh and blood that Peter was able to utter the remarkable statement of truth. Jesus Christ said later that He would build His church on that rock (revelation), a solid foundation of truth. No where and to nobody He delegated the sensitive building of the Church. He alone can build the Church. Men can only make a physical building for people to congregate.

Not long ago after Peter publicly declared who Jesus is – the Son of the Living God, the Lord rebuked Simon Peter for suggesting not to lay down His life. Peter took Him aside, and began to rebuke his Lord, saying “Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you”. He believed on saving yourself. The Lord turned to Peter and said, “ Get thee  behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me , for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of men.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “ If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it”. It is the doctrine of the devil to save your life by any means such as the denial of your faith in Christ and pretending that you don’t know Him to your hostile friends or enemies.

The Lord foretold about Peter’s denial of his faith. He warned Simon Peter categorically that he will deny Him three times when the cock-crow three consecutive times. It did happen with precision according to the prediction. Peter denied the Lord while being a servant and follower of Jesus Christ. Peter believed on saving your face in times of trouble. Saving your own life was his creed of life which is contrary to the teaching of Christ.

The Lord charged the disciples that they should tarry and wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit which the Father had promised. The disciples will be witnesses  of the Lord Jesus Christ after the Holy Spirit has come upon them. They are required to tell exactly what the Lord had told them as the true witnesses of His life and teachings. The Lord commissioned the disciples to teach every person to observe whatever He had commanded them to do. There is no other gospel to tell outside the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter failed to remember, literally forgot or deliberately did not attribute the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ farewell message but rather gave credence to the prophecy of Joel. He spoke out to the crowd telling that the supernatural event in the day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of what had been spoken by the prophet Joel. Again, Peter denied Christ the proper recognition for it was Jesus spoke more recently to them about the power coming from on high.

John the Baptist foretold that Jesus will baptize the believers with the Holy Ghost and with fire. (Matt 3:11) (Mark 1:8) (Luke 3:16) (John 1:33) The truth that Jesus is the baptizer of the Holy Spirit were unprecedentedly recorded by the four gospel writers. Jesus even reminded the disciples in Acts 2:4-5 that he will baptize them with Holy Ghost not many days hence. How come it was not mentioned in the day of Pentecost that Jesus is the baptizer of the Holy Ghost? Is the prophet Joel more important than Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost baptizer? This was a grave apostolic negligence. The doctrinal foundation of the early apostolic church is in jeopardy because the apostles overlooked what was told of them.

 

The Epistles of Paul.

Do we read the Epistles of Paul? Sure we do read all the Epistles of Paul. Do we follow all of his teachings? We do adhere to what Paul had taught as long as they were in harmony with the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. First of all, We saturate our minds with the words of Christ and then filter all other teachings with HIS words. Every teaching must pass through Christ standard of acceptability. We don’t believe in the reverse method of validating the teachings of Jesus. “Let’s see what others may say before we believe HIM” is an example.
Very seldom we quote in this website scripture verses from the Old Testament and the Epistles because we believe that the words of Christ can stand alone by itself without any “scriptural support” from the holy men of old. On the contrary, doctrines, creeds and codes would collapse like a house without a solid foundation, if not supported by the truth from the spoken words of Jesus in the gospels. We feel that Christ can be understood easily when we are ready and willing to obey Him. His lesson is easy and His assignment is light. We object to any notion that Jesus Christ is a mysterious person with a complicated message to the world. He is the Light of the world.
We do respect Paul and many other writers who have gone to explain their views about the gospel. Paul was not always wrong nor was always right in his insights about the life of the believers. Nevertheless, he has something good to say about the gospel of Christ. Read carefully the admonition of Paul, a bondservant of the Lord. He warned us not to accept any teachings, including his, that were not orally taught by Christ and heard by His disciples.

 Galatians 1:6-9

  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from

him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you,

 and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

  But though we, or an angel from heaven,

preach any other gospel unto you than

that which we have preached unto you,

let him be accursed.

  As we said before, so say I now again,

 If any man preach any other gospel unto you than

 that ye have received, let him be accursed.

  (Col 3:16-17) 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom,

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms

and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

And whatever you do in word or deed,

do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

(Friday, 03 June 2005) – Contributed by Tommy Reyes

The Commander -in- Chief

A command order is meant to be obeyed and followed. Usually it comprises few words, one or two compelling words that are enforceable and mandatory to be executed by the subservient. The commands of Christ are extremely executable. Needless to say that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Even the Enemy (the Devil) recognizes His sovereignty over all things. He holds into place the whole universe and its natural laws by the power of His words.

The followers of Christ are doing what their Leader/Shepherd had commanded them to do. They had received the order and they are now happy doing what he said. They are not looking for long theological thesis to study and then if convince, they will follow the complicated order. Thank God, Jesus made short orders or commands. They are not “requests” for us to follow. There are those who won’t settle for the old recorded commandments of Christ. They prefer to include the commandments of Moses and the admonitions of the Apostles to satisfy their faith.

Here are the commanding orders of our Commander -in- Chief, Jesus Christ.

1. Repent

Matt 4:17
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

2. Follow me

Matt 4:19
Then He said to them,
“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

3. Watch and Pray

Mark 14:38
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

4. Peace

Mark 4:39
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,

“Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

5. Love God

Mark 12:30-31

‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.’
This is the first commandment.

6. Love thy neighbor

“And the second, like it, is this:
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.”

7. Go your way

Matt 8:8-10,13
The centurion answered and said,
“Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof.
But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
“For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.

And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another,
‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who follow

“Assuredly, I say to you,
I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

Then Jesus said to the centurion,
“Go your way; and as you have believed,
so let it be done for you.”
And his servant was healed that same hour.

There are more short commands of Jesus you can find in the gospels. The bottom line of this article is to accept Christ as your Commander-in-Chief. Do what He says. Follow the order of our Superior whose name is respected by all creatures in heaven and on earth. We keep His commandments because we love Him so much. We are not motivated by fear in following after the teachings of our master. How can we forget His commands when they are not so many? How can we not memorize them when they are not long recitals or litany of high-sounding words? The problem may be your lack of love for Him. To follow Him is to love Him.

John 14:15
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Published (Sunday, 28 August 2005)