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From Declaration to Denial: The Two Sides of Simon Peter

Simon Peter had a dark side.  In one moment he confessed that Jesus was the Christ by revelation from God and within moments of that Jesus had to rebuke him for being manipulated by the devil to speak words against Jesus dying on the cross.  While he was the first one out of boat when seeing Jesus walk on the water, he soon got his eyes off Christ and began to sink.

Satan was watching Peter during these episodes plotting a way to take him out.  Jesus affirmed this in Luke 22:31 when He said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Years later Peter would write about Satan, “Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).”

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