Peter denies knowing the Lord Jesus Christ not once but three times over. We examine:

  • His three denials
  • That his three denials were a fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy
  • That Peter was a true believer in spite of his denials

We see that even a true believer like Peter can sin seriously - can be overwhelmed by sin and succumb to it. In this case, Peter feared for his life and sinned to save it. Yet Peter’s reaction when he remembered the Word of Christ reveals that he truly was a believer. We gain comfort in knowing that like Peter, we have a Savior who ever lives to intercede for us.

We also look at this event with an eye to God’s sovereignty. God had decreed this event; Christ had prophesied it and Peter, despite knowing the prophecy, still committed the sin. Yet he does not blame God for his sin but recognizes his own responsibility - he sinned because that is what he wanted to do.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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