Simon Peter (Part II) Like A Rock
Simon Peter was the ‘Pillar’ of the church. As one of the first to recognize Jesus as Christ, he was called to be a part of the very foundations in which the church was built. We see this in the apostle Paul’s writing of him in the book of Galatians.
Galatians 2:6-10 ESV (English Standard Version)
6 As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[a]just as Peter had been to the circumcised.[b] 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas[c] and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
Jesus’ choice of the name Cephas for Simon Peter. When we take a closer look at the name, we can see God had plans for Simon Peter. For Cephas means “rock” in Aramaic. And Peter Simon was a solid foundation in the early forming of the church.
This acts as a testament to one o the early prophets words. Particularly Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 1:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
But what made his name so suiting? We’ll be exploring that next time… along with Peter Simon’s character.