04-19-2020, 09:39 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2012
| | The Greatest Apostle
It may come as a surprise to some, but an indication exists to suggest that Peter is still the chief Apostle among all the others who, all of them, sit exalted with Christ the foundation of the Church, in His throne.
Today in some Christian realms, this is promoted because he continued to maintain Christ’s very proclamation over him. But how accurate is that, could that famous declaration Jesus Christ made over Peter (Cephas) ever be subject to the same criteria the flock at large is subject to? Such as,
Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.What did they have, obviously faith and power with the Name and knowledge to instruct. But how well did they maintain that element of walking with Christ? Was their steadfastness beyond reproach to receive exceptional spiritual blessing from God? I now wonder if responsibility did suffer consequence,
Did either Apostle ever correct the other for fault? Yes. (Galatians 2:11)
Did either Apostle ever cede spiritual comprehension to the other? Yes. (2 Peter 3:16)
References we know so well. Peter instructed us by epistle, as did Paul and the others by the Spirit all under the same level of merit,
My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.It is repeatedly confirmed in the NT, and again, most certainly presents consequence to everyone's actions, from the least to the greatest,
“. . if you ignore the least commandment you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of HeavenThere it is again, that which runs concurrent to our performance. If so, technically and collectively, Paul is seen as the one worthy of any such critical praise, but, as we see he did not press beyond the “whit” (2 Cor 11:5) mentioned. Whether Peter or any other any other Apostle is to receive exclusive praise, I declare, if it is possible, no flesh is above another as exempt from what God gives us charge over.
While we know, we are redeemed from being captive to sin are on occasion subject to fault, but after applying the above critique it isn’t so easily removed, but held accountable.
What if the Church has indeed suffered loss of those precious traditions Paul described (Acts 20:29), leaving us the living word of God as our truest continuation of His will AND accuracy of all the Apostle’s tradition? I have no other confidence so great but to rely more on the word of God than even what is described.