Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. – No. 1 THE CALLING OF SIMON PETER The process of salvation is a matter of God’s taking over the souls of men and transforming them. This is why the lives of the apostles are so valuable to us. Here we can see the process more plainly than…

Life of Peter, by N .E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 2 THE CALL OF SIMON After his first meeting with Jesus, Simon went back to his fishing boat impressed but not completely convinced. He probably had his doubts about ever becoming Peter the rock. He went out and fished all night and didn’t even make…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 3 THAT NIGHT ON GALILEE We last saw Simon Bar Jonah on the shore of Galilee, committing himself to the Carpenter from Nazareth. We pick him up today at the same spot but several months later. They have been amazing months for Simon. Who would have…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 4 REACHING THE SHORE WITH CHRIST We have been discussing the fact that as long as Simon kept his eyes on Jesus he actually walked on the stormy waves of Galilee. He was almost to Jesus and then, right at the moment of utter victory, he…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 5 THE GOOD CONFESSION To understand the material presented in Matthew 16, we must study Jewish first century thinking. For a thousand years the Jews had thought of themselves as a chosen people. Yet never in all that time had the Jews been a great nation…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 6 THE STUPENDOUS TRUTH We have been studying the prophecies concerning the Messiah and the effect they would have had on Simon Bar Jonah. The man who had been raised on stories of God separating the Red Sea for his people; of God destroying the walls…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 7 PETER’S REBUKE We have been studying concerning Peter’s expectations of the Messiah and his confession of Jesus to be not only the Messiah but also the Son of God. Christ has placed his approval on Peter’s confession and promised to set up an everlasting kingdom….

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 8 TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? We have said that we, like Simon in Matthew 16, need to learn to savor the things that be of God. But how does one understand the things that be of God? How do we know for sure what God’s…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.– No. 9 NO HAPPY ATHEISTS (John 6:49-69) There are many men today who have never found Christ, and others who have found him only to become discouraged and leave him. To such men Peter’s great question of John 6:68 is a profound challenge. To whom shall they go?…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 10 ADVENTURE ON THE MOUNTAIN Matthew 17 One of the major questions of religion is the oft debated matter, “Do the dead live again?” The man who could present sure proof that they do could command an audience any time. What would you give for an…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 11 THE ADVENTURE ON MOUNT ADORATION We have been studying the transfiguration. Simon Peter, with James and John, has accompanied Jesus up a mountain and there seen his Lord wonderfully transfigured before him. When Moses and Elias appear and talk with Jesus, Peter can contain himself…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 12 WHAT SHALL WE HAVE THEREFORE? I used to read my Bible for the sole purpose of ascertaining God’s will. Then it occurred to me that I knew more of his will already than I seemed willing to obey. For a while I read my Bible…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 13 OMNIPOTENCE WITH A TOWEL ON HIS ARM In the upper chamber it is the night of the Passover Supper. Into the upper room come thirteen men. They sit down on low divans around a low horseshoe shaped table. Before them, on the table, are bowls…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.–  No. 14 INTERCESSORY PRAYER: A GIFT TO OTHERS In our last article we pointed out that, according to Luke 22:31-32, the conversion of Simon Peter was largely a result of the intercessory prayer of Christ on his behalf. It would be hard for me to overstate how important…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 15 OUR GREATEST NEED: INTERCESSORY PRAYER I am aware that this series of articles is supposed to be about Simon Peter and not about everything. When I get started on the subject of intercessory prayer, however, I find it hard to quit. It strikes me that…

Life of Christ, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.–  No. 16 FOLLOWING AFAR OFF AND WARMING BY STRANGE FIRES We sleep at our prayers, follow afar off, sit down at strange fires, and then act surprised when we discover that people all around us are denying Christ. In our last article we discussed how Simon went to…

Life of Peter, by N.L. Rhodes Jr. No. — 17 THE STRANGE FIRES WE’VE WARMED BY This is a sad century: It sought salvation in two global wars and found hell. It sought salvation in economic progress and found a great depression and terrible debt. It sought salvation in the march of science and reaped…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.–  No. 18 TURNING POINT I am aware that I have sounded rather gloomy for the last two or three articles. We have, after all, reached a gloomy time in Peter’s life. We are likewise faced with some rather gloomy situations in the present time. Yet all the while…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 19 THE WAY BACK The two days following his denial were, no doubt, days of real soul searching for Peter. It was the darkest time he would ever have to pass through. His Master had died nobly but that didn’t erase the fact that his Master…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. – No. 20 RESTORED TO SERVICE The restoration of Simon Peter to the service of the King he had denied is one of the tenderest and most beautiful stories in the New Testament. When someone has done us bitter wrong we are prone to insist upon a humiliating…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 21 APPOINTMENT IN JERUSALEM For some years I have believed the epistle by Luke that we call the “Acts of the Apostles” should be called the “Acts of the Holy Spirit.” I have heard men say that Simon Peter dominates the first third of Acts and…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 22 AT THE GATE BEAUTIFUL Simon Peter was on his way to prayer meeting. It was a Jewish prayer meeting. Peter had not yet forsaken the customs of the law of Moses. There is no sure evidence that he ever gave them all up. On this…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes — No. 23 THE CONSEQUENCES OF COMPASSION When Peter looked with compassion on the lame beggar at the gate Beautiful, I doubt that he considered anything beyond the man’s need and his own desire to help him. But God can take the smallest act of compassion and do wonderful…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 24 MAN’S RESPONSE TO THE POWER OF GOD In Acts 3:16 Peter states briefly and pointedly the means of salvation. “His name” calls to mind all the power and glory of God. It is by the name and power of Jesus that we are saved. No…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 25 SHADOWS CAST BY CHRISTIANS “Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.” Such was the power of this Spirit filled Apostle that…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.–  No. 26 RESURRECTION IN JOPPA When persecution struck the church at Jerusalem the disciples were scattered and went everywhere preaching the word. In this way the church began to spread. God can turn even the work of Satan to the advantage of truth. Peter evidently chose to stay…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 27 TRANCE ON A HOUSETOP “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”  Thus spake a thousand years of tradition fighting for its life. Peter did not deny that God had spoken to him. He well understood the command. He…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 28 WHO NEEDS CONVERSION? There are many preachers today who would have been at a complete loss as to just what to preach to Cornelius. Suppose Peter had preached to him concerning righteousness, and purity, and honesty and decency. What good would that have been to…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 29 PETER’S JAILBREAK There was little for hope when Herod imprisoned Peter after killing James. Acts 12 tells us that maximum security measures were taken to insure against an escape. He was bound with chains and placed between two guards. He was locked inside the inner…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 30 THE IRON GATE In our last chapter we were discussing the miraculous answer to prayer by which Peter was delivered from prison. The question has been raised whether prayer today really is answered by God’s supernatural intervention in the course of nature or is simply…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 31 THE SECRET OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH The portion of Peter’s message we considered during our study of his life was mainly that directed to those who had not yet heard the Gospel. The message we are turning our attention to now however is one directed to…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 32 RIDDLE: WHY AM I HERE? In our last chapter we called attention to Peter’s prescription for spiritual growth as given in 1 Peter 2:1-2. We pointed out that Peter drew a comparison between physical and spiritual growth. We discussed the fact that just as freedom…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 33 MARRIAGE: THE 100% PROPOSITION The Apostle Paul has often been quoted on the subject of marriage. While I accept the opinion that he was, on most subjects, a better teacher than Peter, I must insist that Peter is far better on this subject. We know…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. — No. 34 THE PRICE OF GLORY “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the…

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr.–  No. 35 BY WAY OF REMEMBRANCE It has often been said that we need to be reminded more than we need to be taught. Peter must have agreed with this for he devoted one entire epistle to the task of reminding us. Read 2 Peter 1:13-15 and 3:1….

Life of Peter, by N.E. Rhodes Jr. – No. 36 SIMON BAR-JONA: FALTERING GIANT The process of salvation is a matter of God taking over the souls of men and transforming them. This is why the lives of the apostles are so valuable to us. Here we see this process more plainly than anywhere else….

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