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Denying Christ?

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Matthew 26:69–70 NIV
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
This is a text which leads to the cross. It shows how much we should not trust ourselves.
Growth is about falling and getting up and moving on - A righteous man might fall down 7 times but he gets up and moves on.
- Jewish Tax collector
- Wrote with the Jews in mind
Strong's Concordance
paidiské: a young girl, maidservant
Original Word: παιδίσκη, ης, ἡ
Usage: a female slave, maidservant, maid, young girl.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
bondmaid, damsel, maiden.
a girl, i.e. (specially), a female slave or servant -- bondmaid(-woman), damsel, maid(-en).
The girl was related to the man who Peter had sliced his ear and she worked for the high priest.
Peter denied Christ.
boasted when he should have listened
slept when he should have prayed
fought when he should have surrended
followed when should have fled
Wept when he should have repented
Peter was with JC, talked the talk but denied him when it mattered.

Key Points

Denying Jesus Christ results in
1. Judgment
John 12:48 (NIV) — 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
Denying Jesus Christ means
2. Replacement by others
Acts 13:46 (NIV) — 46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.
Matthew 21:40–41 (NIV) — 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
Acts 18:5–6 (NIV) — 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
To deny Christ is to be 3. Denied by Christ
2 Timothy 2:12 (NIV) — 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
Matthew 10:32 (NIV) — 32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Mark 8:38(NIV) — 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy anger

Good news - Jesus

John 21:15–17 (NIV)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 25 agapáō – properly, to prefer, to love; for the believer, preferring to "live through Christ" , i.e. embracing God's will (choosing His choices) and obeying them through His power.
2 Timothy 3:1–5 NIV
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.


Are you denying Christ today?


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