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.