Fereday, W.W. – Simon Peter-Apostle and Living Stone

Simon Peter – Apostle and Living Stone

By W.W. Fereday

Foreword of Simon Peter

Reading of a biographical character is always interesting, and it is frequently profitable. But the Spirit of God, when recording the life-stories of men, differs from all others in the line that He pursues. Human biographers aim at presenting the commendable side of the characters with which they deal, and they either draw a veil over their ugly features, or touch them lightly or apologetically. But the Spirit of God tells us the whole truth about the men whose lives He is pleased to record. It could not be otherwise. The Bible is the revelation of God Himself

Critics have often found fault with the Bible for its frank exposures of human evil. But its fearlessness in this particular is one of the many proofs of its divine origin, and how thankful should we be to have the whole truth laid before us!

The Spirit of God has laid special emphasis upon the foibles of Simon Peter. We know his vagaries better than those of any of his companions. Indeed, if all the passages which present him to us unfavourably were eliminated from the Bible story, we should know very little of this singular servant of our Lord Jesus. There is doubtless divine design in this. The Spirit knew (though His inspired penmen did not) the use that would be made of Peter’s name at a later date, and so has taken pains to show us that the Apostle was not infallible, whatever his pretended successors may claim to be.

On the same principle, the Spirit has carefully noted certain occasions when Mary, the mother of our Lord, asked favours of Him, and was refused (Joh 2:10;Mat 12:48), while omitting altogether the many occasions which must have occurred when He did for her what she desired. So all-wise is our God!

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Bible Study on the biblical concept of Pastor
is a short Bible Study on the biblical concept of Pastor. I look at the concept in the Bible in general terms and make observations.
Topics: Introduction | Where does "pastor" occur in the Bible | Why is there so much polemic about it? | Why is there so much polemic about it? | But, where is the problem really and truthfully?
Excerpt: Let's make the observation that the concept of a "pastor" is a verb. It means a person who takes spiritual care of people as a shepherd takes physical care of sheep. The word nor concept of "cowboy" ever occurs in the Bible. The difference of concepts is great between the two. See ch51 Cowboys versus Shepherds. Part of the problem here is that bad pastors are usually great, dynamic public relations people who know how to emotionally work people to get what they want. Excellent pastors follow Jesus and are meek and humble of spirit, so they don't toot their own horns.
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