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Peter In The Bible - Apostle Peter the Man

Updated on May 8, 2013

Simon Peter is a model for all Christianity!

This site deals with the life of the Apostle Simon Barjona Peter (Rock). It is filled with links and resources to the life and the death of Saint Peter. Making Peter a model for Christians may sound extraordinary at first because the gospels relate many of the examples of Peter's faithlessness. He denied the LORD three times among other failings. Peter's weaknesses are overcome through faith in Jesus. This is a valuable life lesson for all Christians. None of us are perfect but hold on to your faith!

"Peter was son of Jona (or Jonah) , and his mother's name was never mentioned in the bible. His brother was Andrew, another of Jesus' twelve disciples. Peter's name used to be Simon (or Simeon) but one day Andrew brought Peter to Jesus and there Jesus appointed him his new name. "Thou shalt be called Cephas," an Aramaic surname whose Greek synonym is Petros, or Peter, meaning "a rock" or "stone." " (See Simon Peter from

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  1. PETER'S CALL BY JESUS. - Matthew 4:18-20 "And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. ::: And He said unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. ::: And they straightway left their nets, and followed Him."

  2. PETER FELL AT JESUS' KNEES. - Luke 5:1-11 "And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, ::: And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. ::: And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. ::: Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. ::: And Simon answering said unto Him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net. ::: And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. ::: And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. ::: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. ::: For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: ::: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. ::: And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him."

  3. PETER RECEIVES A VISIT FROM JESUS IN HIS HOME. - Matthew 8:14-15 "And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever. ::: And He touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them."

  4. PETER SENT ON A MISSION WITH THE OTHER DISCIPLES. - Matthew 10 ~~~ He was sent forth as sheep in the midst of wolves, to be wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove. (vs.16) He was to preach, heal, raise the dead, cast out demons, etc. (vs. 7-8)

  5. PETER WALKS ON WATER. - Matthew 14:28-33 "And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. ::: And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. ::: But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. ::: And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? ::: And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. ::: Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God."

  6. PETER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS MEANS. - Matthew 15:15-16 "Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Declare unto us this parable. ::: And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?"

  7. PETER BELIEVES JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD. - Matthew 16:13-16 "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? ::: And they said, Some say that Thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. :::He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? ::: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."

  8. PETER BLESSED BY JESUS AND CALLED A ROCK. - Matthew 16:17-18 "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. ::: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

  9. PETER SEES THE GLORY OF JESUS. - Matthew 17:1-8 "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, ::: And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. ::: And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him. ::: Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. ::: While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. ::: And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. ::: And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. ::: And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only."

  10. PETER CATCHES A FISH WITH MONEY IN IT. - Matthew 17:24-27 "And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tribute? ::: He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? ::: Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. ::: Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee."

  11. PETER IS CONCERNED ABOUT FORGIVENESS. - Matthew 18:21-22 "Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? ::: Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

  12. PETER ASKS WHAT HIS REWARD WILL BE. - Matthew 19:27 ::: "Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore?"

  13. PETER DECLARES HIS LOYALTY TO CHRIST - Matthew 26:35 "Peter said unto Him, Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee. Likewise also said all the disciples."

  14. PETER SLEEPS WHILE JESUS PRAYS. - Matthew 26:45-46 "Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. ::: Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me."

  15. PETER CUTS OFF SOMEONE'S EAR. - Matthew 26:51 "And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear."

  16. PETER FOLLOWS JESUS AFAR OFF. - Matthew 26:58 "But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end."

  17. PETER DENIES JESUS. - Matthew 26:69-75 "Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. ::: But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. ::: And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. ::: And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the Man. ::: And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee. ::: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the Man. And immediately the cock crew. ::: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly"

  18. PETER RUNS TO THE TOMB OF JESUS. - Luke 24:12 "Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass."

  19. PETER SEES RESURRECTED JESUS. - Luke 24:34 "Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon."

Story of Simon Peter from the Bible (continued)

  1. PETER GOES FISHING. - John 21:3-11 "Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. ::: But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. ::: Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. ::: And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. ::: Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. ::: And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. ::: As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. ::: Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. ::: Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken."

  2. PETER'S CONVERSATION WITH RISEN CHRIST. - John 21:15-23 "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. ::: He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. ::: He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me? Peter was grieved because He said unto him the third time, Lovest thou Me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. ::: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. ::: This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow Me. ::: Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? ::: Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? ::: Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me. ::: Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?"

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      Barbara Isbill 

      5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @anonymous: Thanks and have a beautiful day!

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      5 years ago

      Petros used to be my nicname!! The mention of Kepha denying, and then coming back to Christ must have been of very great comfort to early believers who were enduring troubles, as if saying even Peter denied Christ, came back and was received by Christ. You can too.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for your study of Peter; While I do that myself I find that after the Risen Jesus and on the day of Pentecost Peter became a different man; Transformation took place and he was the one to stand up and preach; 3000 or more received salvation after the pentecost took place. He was sanctified!

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      6 years ago

      nice lens. Ten things you may not know about the Bible:

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      6 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for your lens'! I've enjoyed reading them as a part of my bible study and will continue to use you as a resource! I've lensrolled Peter and Paul to my lenses.

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      7 years ago

      many speak of his rashness, but few his waterwalking. Lord if it is You, beckon me to walk on water! cheers

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/28/2010. Have a great day!

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      7 years ago

      It is really hard to chose because there would be no Church without both of them.

      Peter was given the keys to the Kingdom by preaching the first Gospel message. But, Paul started more Churches and wrote more of the New Testament.

      So, that is a really hard one!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for the enlightment of the apostle Peter. I have been studying and writing about the apostle Paul. He is responcible for writing most of the New Testiment and writing most of the church doctoral bylaws and practices. I plan on studying more on Peter. I do not want to take any lite from the apostle Peter without knowing much about him. After all he was appointed by Jesus Christ. Blessings from God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Gave your lens a like, fave. and lensroll on some related lenses :) Hope to see you around (and hopefully brother?)

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      dc64 lm 

      9 years ago

      Peter is my favorite disciple because he seems to be the most relatable for us today; flawed, imperfect, but totally redeemable! 5stars


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