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Romans 10:13 ” Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Here,  Paul is quoting Joel 2:32… showing the readers that there is no difference between Jew or Gentile…God is the same to all people groups.  In Acts 2:21, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter also quoted Joel 2:32 to the bewildered crowd that had gathered after hearing their native languages coming from the apostles .  Both Paul and Peter stressed that anyone could summons God’s help…any race, any gender, any person.  And when that person called on the name of the Lord…they would be heard by God and delivered.   For there is no one that is beyond God’s reach…no one that can’t say, “I need Your help God!” and God won’t rescue.

Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

Galatians 2:13 ” The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.”

No matter how spiritually strong we are, anyone of us can stray from the will of God.  Here Simon Peter, nicknamed the Rock,  of which Jesus had said, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church,” caved under man’s pressure.  Peter had been fellowshipping with Christian Gentiles until a group of Jews showed up and started pressuring him to stop.  He was afraid that his reputation and standing might be questioned…fearful of what they might think of him…so he separated himself from the Gentiles…taking everyone with him, including Barnabas.  Isaiah 51:12-13 asks this question, “Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker?”  It’s a dangerous slippery slope when we start fearing man rather than God…afraid of what people may think of us rather than doing God’s will.  Peer pressure can be tremendous, for we all want to fit in and be liked…but when it causes us to deviate from God’s plan…it effects everyone around us.

Acts 5: 18-20 ” They arrested the Apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. ‘Go, stand in the Temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.’ “

Even though the Disciples had lived, traveled, and witnessed miracles by Jesus –  this was now becoming tough times.  Jesus was gone, they were on their own, and  preaching the Good News was becoming more and more difficult.  They had been thrown into jail…again, when an angel broke them out.  But rather than telling them to flee for their lives, he commanded them to go right back to the Temple and speak.  How many of us would have the same kind of boldness and courage to go right back into enemy territory?  They realized  the life-giving Word they preached overshadowed the momentary fear they felt.

I Corinthians 1:10 ” I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. “

There was Church division in Corinth…some followed Apollos, some Peter, and some Paul.  All three were Godly men…all three were preaching the Gospel.  So where could there be the disagreement?  Apollos was an Alexandrian Jew that was converted to Christianity and  tutored by Aquila and Priscilla in areas of the faith he was ignorant of.  While Peter was one of the original twelve Disciples that had witnessed firsthand the work of Jesus.  Finally there was Paul, a Jew and persecutor of the Christians until that fateful day on the road to Damascus  when the Lord confronted him.  All three were passionate about the Lord and the desire to evangelize.  But they all came from different backgrounds and different life experiences, and their preaching styles showed it.   Thus Paul exhorted the Believers to be joined together in Christ and the Gospel, not divided apart by man and subtle nuances.

Matthew 14: 28-30 ” ‘Lord, if it’s You,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to You on the water.’ ‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘ Lord, save me!’ “

Just like Jesus, Peter walked on the water.  Just like Jesus, Peter’s faith was great enough to keep him afloat.  But unlike Jesus, Peter took his eyes off his Savior and onto the situation around him and he began to flounder.  When the storm is swirling around you…keep your eyes on Jesus.  When fear promises to overwhelm you…keep your eyes on Jesus.  For as long as Peter stayed focused on the Lord, he walked above the fray.

II Peter 1:16 ” We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

For years the Apostle Peter traveled, lived, and ate with Jesus. He watched as countless sick were brought to the Lord and healed in an instant. Peter marveled as Jesus held up a few fish in thanksgiving…and then fed thousands from what He had in His hand. With all he had personally seen, you can imagine his disbelief when accused of making up false myths and fables about his Lord. Rather, the Apostle Peter had come as a Teacher, who unfolding Divine things, showed them the sovereign power and magnificence of Jesus Christ.