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Matthew 16:15-23

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

If ever there was a time to for one to reflect on something they’ve just learned, Peter’s situation here would’ve been just that. Instead, he immediately, it seems, forgot what he’d just confessed and a whole lotta stupid proceeded drivelingly forward from his mouth. Defintely a case that could be categorized as foot-in-mouth.

As easy as it is too look at poor lil’ Peter and single him out because his blunder has been recorded in the Holy Writ, I have to admit something. He reminds me of me. You see, one moment I’m confessing Christ and do everything to the glory of God, then BAM, it’s as if I’ve forgotten what I just confessed and I’m stickin’ my nose in the pig sty of sin.

Why, why, why!?!? Who will rescue me from this body of death? “Thanks be to God through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 


[Reformers, Puritans, and a Geek]