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What it means to be initiated into the mystery. Part 20. The mystery behind our Lord’s answer to Peter.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The 4 inquisitive disciples: Peter, Thomas, Philip, and Jude.

1. The question of Peter and its answer, JOH 13:36-14:4.

2. The question of Thomas, and the answer to his question, JOH 14:5-7.

3. The third question and answer has to do with Philip, JOH 14:8-21.

4. The fourth question and answer has to do with Jude, not Judas Iscariot, JOH 14:22-31.

Kurie – kuvrie = a recognition of the deity of Jesus Christ.

TLJC is about to go through the humiliation of the cross, and the glorification of resurrection, ascension, and session.

In the meantime, Peter has died and his soul and spirit are in the presence of the Father, 2CO 5:8.

The uniqueness of the cross, and the uniqueness of the death of Christ.

LUK 23:46 “Father, into Thy hands I commit My [human] spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last[His soul stopped breathing].

After He died physically His spirit went to the third heaven, His soul went to Paradise, and His body was in the grave, and He is the only member of the human race who at physical death had a trichotomous separation.

For the believer, his body goes into the grave, and the soul and the spirit go to the presence of the Lord, 2CO 5:8.

Then the spirit came from the presence of the Father, the soul came up from Hades.

ACT 2:27 Because Thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades, Nor allow Thy Holy One to undergo decay.

His soul came up from Hades and His spirit comes from the presence of the Father, and then body and soul and spirit go down to Tartarus, and no one ever did that, 1PE 3:18-19.

1PE 3:18-19 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; by Whom also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in Tartarus,

Then He walked on this earth for 40 days in a resurrection body and no one has ever done that –
ACT 1:3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over {a period of} forty days,

Then He ascended into the presence of the Father through the three sets of heavens, billions and billions of light-years away.

PSA 110:1 “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.”

Emotional people will be for you one day against you the next.

What people say is no stronger than their character.

“For you” – preposition huper – u + genitive pronoun sou – sou’ substitutionary = “I will lay down my soul as a substitute for you.”

Peter had good intentions, he was very sincere, but very ignorant of doctrine.

This is a case of zeal without knowledge of doctrine, ROM 10:1, therefore Peter is disoriented to the plan of God.

He is in emotional revolt and on the surface this seems like a very noble and sincere thing, the trouble is that sincerity is not a virtue in the Christian life.

JOS 24:14 Now, therefore, respect the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth;

1. Sincerity + ignorance = disorientation to the plan of God as well as malfunction.
2. Sincerity, at best, can produce human good and there is no place in the plan of God for human good.

3. The plan of God the Father also calls for Peter to represent the glorified Christ on earth as an apostle and ambassador.
4. God the Father’s plan for Peter cannot advance until the Lord is glorified and, in effect, in his sincerity, Peter is trying to keep the Lord from being glorified.

Imagine, he wants to die instead of the Lord – if Peter had his way there would be no salvation. He would be a martyr instead of the great apostle that he later became.

MAR 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

1. The heart contains all thought and standards, the emotion contains nothing.
2. Emotion is something empty and waiting to respond.
3. Emotion contains no doctrine, no thought, no common sense, and no ability to reason.
4. Emotion is not designed to assume authority over the soul, but is designed to be dominated by the right lobe.

Peter’s admirable motivation and good intentions are neutralized by ignorance of Bible doctrine.

Ignorance of doctrine neutralizes the best of motives and destroys the nobility of the individual.

Emotionalism and human good always lead to failure.

Here is a message to a man before his failure so that after his failure these things will be a source of comfort and blessing.

Some even believe that the three questions that the Lord asked in Joh 21 were designed for Peter to redeem himself.

GAL 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
1CO 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
LUK 18:11 The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, “God, I thank Thee that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer.”

ROM 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think;

1. He fell asleep at the prayer meeting in Gethsemane, MAT 26:40.
2. He picked up a sword at the way to Gethsemane and he tried to physically defend Jesus Christ, neither of these things in the plan of God, JOH 18:10.

3. He followed TLJC from a distance, MAT 26:58.
4. He denied the Lord 3 times, JOH 18:15-27.
5. He went out and wept bitterly, MAT 26:75.

His motivation was strong, his sincerity was great, but he was a believer operating out of the plan of God, and so he hit bottom.

“Be troubled” – pres-pass-imp – tarassestho – tarassevsqw = to be confused, upset, distressed, discouraged, to be stirred up or disturbed in your thinking – “Do not become discouraged in your heart.”

PHI 3:13 Brethren [members of the Royal Family of God], I evaluate myself as not yet having attained the objective [ultra-supergrace or the ultimate objective in time, living in resurrection life]; but one thing I concentrate upon: constantly forgetting the things that lie behind and pursuing vigorously to what lies ahead

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