How do we as Christians fail to give glory to the Word?

By looking at what Peter did in denying the Word, we understand how we also might fail to give glory to the Word of God. After receiving the principles of being One with the Word, Peter testified to the Lord that he was ready to lay down his own life for His sake, but Jesus revealed to him that the cock shall not crow that night until he had denied Him three times.

Denying the Glory of the Word

It was while at the Lord's Supper that the Lord said unto His disciples, "Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift [you] as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me" (Luke 22: 28-34").

Knowing the heart of men and angels, the Lord revealed to Peter that Satan had in his heart the desire to sift him as wheat. The Word also revealed to Peter that He had prayed for him that his faith failed not. However, knowing that Peter would fail to rely on Him for strength that He might testify through him when the opportunity was given, the Word said unto him, "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren". This He said to him because they all denied Him that night.

Through His servant Solomon, the Word testified and said, "Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he. The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

"Understanding [is] a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools [is] folly. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death" (Proverbs 16:18-25).

Through him the Word also said, "He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered" (Proverbs 28:26, 26).

Paul, a servant of the Lord testified to the church and said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13). From the testimony of the Word through His servants, it is clear that by trusting in ourselves to do the work of the Lord we will fail. But if we remain humble and let the Word of Understanding be strong in us, He will speak words of Life through us to those who have ears to hear.

By looking at the opportunities given to Peter to give glory to the Word, we recognized how we also might deny giving glory to the Word.

The first opportunity given for the Word to testify, "...Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before [them] all, saying, I know not what thou sayest" (Matthew 26:69, 70).

As Christians, would you like to be recognized as being One with Christ? The only way for us to be recognized as being One with Christ is for our self-will to die. We cannot be One with Him and be separate at the same time. We must rely on HIM for Strength that He might do HIS will.

A second opportunity was given to him to testify of the Word, "...When he was gone out into the porch, another [maid] saw him, and said unto them that were there, This [fellow] was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man" (Matthew 26:71, 72).

Do we separate ourselves from the Word that others may see us as being one with them? How can we then testify of the Word of God if we are seen as being disassociated from the Word? We must commune with Him in order for HIM to reveal HIS Truth through us.

A third opportunity was given to Peter to testify of the Word, "And after a while came unto [him] they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art [one] of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew" (Matthew 26:73, 74). "And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly" (Luke 22:60-62).

The Word was being revealed through Peter to those who stood by. But when one of them testified to the fact that the Word was with Peter, he then began to curse and swear that he might not be known as One with the Word. The heart of the Lord had not changed towards Peter nor was His heart changed towards the other disciples, for the Word said unto Peter before he denied Him, "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not".

With the Word in the hands of His accusers, being beaten and mocked by them, He was more concerned about strengthening the faith of Peter than the abuse He was receiving from His accusers. Through all the abuse that Jesus received, He continued to glorify the Father, by revealing HIS heart of love for sinful man.

How do we as Christians glorify the Word to those who mock and abuse us? Do we disassociate ourselves from the Church that we might be known as being with the world? Do we side with the world and do the things of the world that they may accept us with them? The church is the spiritual body of Christ and to disassociate ourselves from the true body of believers who receive and follow the Word, then we are separating ourselves from the Word of God.

It is the Word, Who converted the heart of Peter that through him, He might strengthen the other disciples. The Word said to him, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1). It was through His servant Solomon that the Word revealed Himself to the church when He said, "Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength" (Proverbs 8:14).

It is this strength in the Word of God, Who gives to us faith to believe in Him that we might glorify His name. For the Word spoke to His servant Isaiah, who testified and said, "The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh [is] grass, and all the goodliness thereof [is] as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people [is] grass.

"Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong [hand], and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward [is] with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry [them] in his bosom, [and] shall gently lead those that are with young.

"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or [being] his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and [who] instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?" (Isaiah 40:6-14)

Through Isaiah the Word also said, "Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41:10). And through His servant David, the Word was glorified when he said, "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD" (Psalm 27:14).

Having been converted by the Word, Peter testified to the church and said, "If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

"But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?

"And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

"Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you]. To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:11-19; 5:1-11).

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