Through the Eyes of Eternity
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
Before Peter was anything in the eyes of man, God saw him through the eyes of eternity. He saw Peter through the finished work of Christ. Peter stepped into a realm of who he truly was when he received the revelation that Jesus was the Christ. Peter tasted of some of that reality in this moment. Yet there was still quite a work to be done in his heart. There was a breaking of the soul that had to occur to bring him into a place where he could cross over into another place of divine entrustment.
As we know, Peter did deny Christ three times. Jesus told him that it would happen. Peter denied it would happen. The crushing came when it did happen. After it happened, I'm sure he thought everything was over. He had just denied the Person he most believed in, the Person he had left everything to follow. In his own mind, even if Jesus were to rise from the dead, Peter felt he had blown it beyond repair.
After his personal disappointment he went back to fishing. This is where Jesus found him. Yet, Peter was not the same man as he was before he met Jesus. He could not fish like he used to, his heart was heavy. Great sorrow and regret overwhelmed Peter in such a way that he came to the realization that if he was to be the person that God had called him to be, it was not going to happen but for the grace of God. He had finally lost trust in his own strength.
We have the account in the Book of John where Jesus asks Peter "Do you love Me?" three times. The word love in the Greek – the first two times he is asked is the word "agape," the deepest from of love. The last time Jesus used the word "phileo." This is a downgraded version of love that would be the equivalent of friendship.
Peter had come to a place in his heart of no return. Peter had previously been given authority over demons, to go and heal the sick, and demonstrate the Kingdom. This was now a new level of life in God that had been prepared for Him. True sons are not those who just demonstrate the Kingdom of God with signs, wonders and miracles, but also allow the work of God in their hearts to deliver them from spiritual superficiality.
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
It was the honesty, transparency and utter dependence that God was looking for. Jesus brought him back to a place of restoration and graduation. Peter had to realize his own weakness. He had to know that apart from Jesus he could not do a thing. Now he had a revelation that was just as needed as knowing that Jesus was the Messiah. It is only when we find that we are completely in need of the Lord that we are able to be His vessel. Peter came into such a revelation.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
Our lives are the same. We come to the Lord in a place of believing and following. Then there is a deeper work that God must do in us to be mature, prepared vessels that are suitable for His work. When He finds the virtues of life that make a heart ready for His use within us, then we are in a ripe place for His purposes.
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