He Went Out by ghkgkyyt


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                                                              And Peter remembered the word of           made his boast that he would never allow
                                                         Jesus, which said unto him, ‘Before the         opposition to cause him to stumble, result-
      “He Went Out”
 ConsequenCes of failure to Deny self, take up one’s
                                                         cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.’
                                                         And he went out and wept bitterly” (Matt.
                                                                                                         ing in a falling away (cf. James 4:13-15).
                                                                                                              And in response to Christ’s subsequent
                                                         26:58a, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75).
             Cross, anD follow Christ                                                                    statement that Peter would deny Him three
                                                            Christ, following the last supper, after     times that very night, Peter responded,
                                                       He and His disciples had gone out onto the        “Though I should die with thee, yet will
                                                       Mount of Olives, informed them that they          I not deny thee”; and the other disciples
                                                       would all “be offended” during the next few       responded likewise. But during the next
                                                       hours because of Him. And from that time          few hours, “all the disciples” would forsake
  By Arlen L. Chitwood                                 until the time Peter is seen weeping bitterly     Him and flee (Matt. 26:33-35, 56).
                                                       because of his offense, there are seven steps
                                                                                                                 (Peter used emphatic forms of nega-
                                                       recorded in Scripture showing how Peter
                                                                                                           tives in the Greek text in both his responses
      One of the best illustrations given in           allowed himself to be brought into this             to Christ. In essence, he said, “I will never,
Scripture to show the downward path which              condition (Matt. 26:31-75).                         no not ever, be caused to stumble”; and “I
it is possible for a Christian to take — ulti-                                                             will never, no not ever, deny you.”
                                                               (The word “offended [Gk., skandal-
mately leading to a place of rejection and                                                                       “Likewise also said all the disciples.”)
                                                         izo]” has to do with something causing op-
shame rather than to a place of glory and                position, causing one to stumble, which can
exaltation with Christ in the kingdom — is               result in a fall.                                    Step Two: Following the disciples’ boast
the recorded actions of the Apostle Peter                      This is the same word used in Matt.       that they would never allow opposition to
immediately preceding Christ’s crucifixion.              13:21, which, according to Luke 8:13, can       bring about a falling away or never them-
                                                         result in a falling away, apostasy. The words   selves deny the Lord, Christ took Peter, James,
        “But Peter followed him afar off unto
                                                         “fall away” in Luke 8:13 are the transla-       and John into the Garden of Gethsemane.
  the high priest’s palace…
                                                         tion of aphistemi in the Greek text. This       And once in the garden, He told them,
        Now Peter sat without in the palace:             is the verb form of the noun apostasia,
  and a damsel came unto him, saying,                    from which we derive our English word                  “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even
  ‘Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.’                “apostasy.”)                                      unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with
        But he denied before them all, say-                                                                me.”
  ing, ‘I know not what thou sayest’…                       Step One: Peter would not accept
        And again he denied with an oath,              Christ’s statement concerning that which               However, when Jesus went aside to
  ‘I do not know the man’…                             the disciples were about to do, as he had pre-    pray, rather than watching, the disciples fell
        Then began he to curse and to swear,           viously refused to accept Christ’s statement      asleep. The Lord then had to rebuke them
  saying, ‘I know not the man.’ And im-                on another occasion and had to be rebuked         for not watching and praying that they “en-
  mediately the cock crew.                             by the Lord (Matt. 16:21-23). Peter then          ter not into temptation” (Matt. 26:36-41).
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      Step Three: Judas had betrayed Christ         disciples forsook him, and fled” (Matt. 26:56).           (The Lord’s look in this passage was
to the religious leaders of Israel; and he                                                              far more than a brief glance. The word
then led “a band of men and officers,” dis-               Step Five: Peter then began to follow         used in the Greek text [emblepo (an inten-
patched by the religious leaders, into the          Christ “afar off.” He had taken the sword,          sified form of the Greek word for “look,”
                                                                                                        blepo)] points to Christ fixing His eyes
garden to take Christ. Seeing them, Peter           and it was about to result in his ruin. He
                                                                                                        upon Peter in an intently searching manner.
drew his sword and resorted to the arm of           had resorted to the man of flesh and was            Peter came under scrutiny for his actions,
flesh, to humanistic means, to accomplish his       in the process of reaping that which he had         causing him to remember that which had
previous boast.                                     sown (cf. Matt. 26:52; Gal. 6:7, 8).                previously occurred.
      The battle was to be spiritual, as it is to         Because of his previous actions, the                Peter then “went out, and wept bit-
be today; but Peter tried to force his will         closeness which had been his in the inner           terly” [Luke 22:62].)
on others through physical means (the               circle with James and John was now gone
day when Christ will take the sceptre and           (cf. Matt. 17:1; 26:37, 58).                           Peter, because of his past actions,
physically “strike through kings” was future                                                          found himself outside in the place where,
then and remains future today [Ps. 110:1ff;               Step Six: When Jesus was taken into the     instead of joy, there was sorrow; he found
cf. Ps. 2:1ff]).                                    high priest’s palace for questioning by the       himself in the place where, instead of light,
      Peter, in his vain, fleshly effort, cut off   religious leaders, Peter, following Him “afar     there was darkness (Matt. 26:31, 40).
an ear of one of the high priest’s servants;        off,” remained outside in the courtyard.               Peter, because of his past actions,
but Jesus, completely rejecting his actions,        Rather than identifying himself with Christ       rather than remaining with Christ on the
told him to put up the sword, and He then           on the inside, he sat down with the enemy on      inside, where there was light, found himself
healed the servant’s ear (Matt. 26:47-55;           the outside (Matt. 26:69; Luke 22:54, 55).        on the outside, in a place of darkness. Peter
Luke 22:50, 51).                                                                                      found himself in the outer darkness (cf. Matt.
                                                         Step Seven: Peter’s past actions had         8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30).
     Step Four: The previous actions of Peter       now led him to the final point in his fall.               “And if a man also strive for master-
and the other disciples — boasting of that          When accused of being one of Christ’s dis-          ies, yet is he not crowned, except he strive
which they would do (though the Lord had            ciples, Peter denied his Lord on three sepa-        lawfully…
told them otherwise), sleeping when they            rate occasions, followed by the cock crowing              If we suffer [‘patiently endure’], we
should have been watching and praying,              a second time, just as Christ had foretold.         shall also reign with him: if we deny him,
and Peter resorting to the arm of flesh as he            And the Lord, being led at that mo-            he also will deny us” (II Tim. 2:5, 12).
sought to carry out his previous boast — led        ment past Peter unto “the hall of judgment”
the disciples into doing exactly what they          (John 18:28), turned and looked upon Peter,                The Lamp Broadcast, Inc.
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