5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Simon Peter

The inputs of Apostle Peter in the work of the gospel are no doubt, of great value. He received the mandate from Jesus to take care of His sheep; he received the revelation of the gospel not being for the Jews alone, as seen in his encounter with Cornelius. Many mighty miracles were also done through this great man of God.

Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about him:

1. By the time he met and joined Jesus, he was married (Mark 1:30)

Yes, he was. The Bible records that Jesus even healed his mother-in-law of a fever.

2. His ‘original’ name was Simon. He was given the name Peter by Jesus (Mark 3:16)

The gospel of Mark records that Jesus surnamed him, Peter. His first name is Simon’.

3. He was an illiterate (Acts 4:13)

In the book of Acts, the rulers, priests and scribes to whom Peter preached figured out that he and John were ‘unlearned’.

4. He met Jesus through his brother, Andrew (John 1:34-42)

Andrew had followed Jesus after hearing John the Baptist proclaim Him as the Lamb Of God. After meeting Jesus, He brought Peter to Him as well.

5. He was one of the most outspoken of Jesus’ disciples

Going through the Bible and the conversations between Jesus and His disciples, we see that Peter almost always had something to say. He took Jesus aside to rebuke Him after He spoke of His death (Matthew 16:22), he suggested that tents be erected for Jesus, Moses and Elijah at Jesus’ transfiguration. He even went as far as boasting to Jesus that He would never forsake Him, though he later denied Him.

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