Declarations play an important part of life in the system of justice. Making false declarations often proves costly. Such was the case for businessman Samuel Duru. He declared to airport officials $10k of the $96k in his possession. As a result, he received a six-month prison sentence and a fine of the balance not declared.

Peter made a number of declarations during the life and ministry of Christ. Sometimes he hit the nail on the head. Many times he did not realize what he was saying. Peter experienced Christ’s commendation, strong reproof, grief and words of restoration in response to his declarations. Over the next four days, Peter’s statements from each Gospel will be posted in the order they appear reading straight through the Gospel. Taking a few moments to consider Peter’s statements in rapid succession provides ample material for consideration. Note particularly the statements toward the end.

Peter’s statements from Matthew’s Gospel

“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” – Matthew 14:28

“Explain the parable to us.” – Matthew 15:15

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:16

“Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” – Matthew 16:22

“Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” – Matthew 17:4

“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” – Matthew 18:21

“See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” – Matthew 19:27

“Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” – Matthew 26:33

“Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” – Matthew 26:35

“I do not know what you mean.” – Matthew 26:70

“I do not know the man.” – Matthew 26:72

“I do not know the man.” – Matthew 26:74


About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)

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