“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”
Peter (second study)
Between Peter’s calls (to discipleship and apostleship) and the resurrection of Christ, his life was filled with spiritual swings. He oscillated continually. He swung from spiritual highs to spiritual lows. Note these two statements: “Depart from me, O Lord” — “He leaves all and follows Christ.” At one moment, he walks on water; the next, he sinks in fear. He confesses Christ as Messiah and then rebukes him as though he was a mere man. At one time, he says, “You will never wash my feet,” and the next, he says, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.” He goes from the extreme of wanting to fight the whole band of soldiers to shrinking from a little maid.
The Lord received him for what he was. After the resurrection, those wild gyrations disappeared. He became stable spiritually. He was no longer subject to the least whim of Satan.
Previous to Pentecost, Peter had a checkered career. Post-Pentecost Peter made permanent progress in his spirituality. Before the death of Christ, he was with Christ more than any man except James and John. Yet, he was impetuous, headstrong, and impulsive. After Pentecost, Peter became one of the most dynamic men of the faith. He preached fearlessly. Many came to Christ. He wrote I and II Peter.
What made the difference? At Pentecost, Peter received the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He also became controlled (filled with) by the Spirit. He was no longer ashamed.
The life of Peter, from its commencement to its close, spans a wide range of experiences. From the beginning to the end of his life, we are struck with his fearlessness and simplicity, his strong faith, and ardent love.
The Spirit-filled life will change a person permanently.
Have you allowed yourself to be filled (controlled) with the Holy Spirit? This is a step of faith. When we yield to Him to deal with any sin or situation in our lives, He takes control of our lives. Why not trust Him with your life? You have made a mess of it. He will give stability and definition to your life.