The name Peter appears first all in all four NT lists of the Twelve disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13). Shortly after the baptism of Jesus, Andrew brought his brother Peter to Jesus, the first Christian convert (John 1:40–42). Peter and his fishing partners, Andrew, James, and John, all seem to have been disciples of John the Baptist (John 1:35–42).
Peter often took upon himself the role of spokesman for the entire group (Matt. 14:28; 16:16; 17:24; 26:35; etc.). He had, at that time, responded to the invitation to identify Jesus as the Messiah, and had allied himself with the Lord in His ministry. Almost two years later, possibly in the late spring or early summer of A.D. 29 (Matt. 4:12), Christ called him to full time discipleship, with his brother Andrew and his fishing partners James and John (Luke 5:1–11; v. 7).
Peter’s enthusiasm, courage, loyalty, energy, and managing ability set him for leadership among the disciples from the start. He was a man of action; his fervent and passionate attitude was his strongest personal character. He was one with distinct extremes, and his strong personality was the source of marked virtues and also serious defects. In him, was found different and contradictory traits of character.
The apostle seems always to have been ready, zealous, warmhearted, liberal, bold, and brave, but too often unwary, unpredictable, unstable, hasty, undependable, proud, and overconfident. In a moment of calamity, he was likely to be frail, fainthearted, and hesitant; and no one could predict which side of his character and personality would triumph at any time.
But by the grace of Jesus, Peter was converted and was filled by the Holy Spirit. And at the Day of Pentecost, God used him in a great and mighty way to witness for Him (Acts 2:41). Later on, Peter ministered for the Lord as a faithful apostle all of His life and finally died as a martyr in Rome.
In His service,
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