2 3 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). 4 5 6 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. 2629 Wyandotte Way had previously stated would not occur. awakening him to the stark reality of that Norman, Oklahoma 73071 Then, when Jesus was taken by the which he had done (Matt. 26:34, 69-74; www.lampbroadcast.org multitude, climaxing their actions, “all the Mark 14:72; Luke 22:61).
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