The Twelve Apostles: The Inner Circle

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 23rd Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Whenever the disciples are named in the Bible, Peter is always listed first, of all the disciples, he was the one Jesus felt closes to. The apostle Simon Peter, along with the apostles James and John, made up the inner circle. Next to Peter James and John were the apostles that had the closest relationships with Jesus. Simon Peter, I think, is the one apostle that most of us can identify with, so I will devote this part of my series to him.

Followers of John the Baptist

Simon and his brother Andrew were both followers of John the Baptist and the first two men called by Jesus to become His apostles1. The call to follow Me actually was made to Andrew and Andrew introduced Jesus to his brother Simon. Later, Jesus renamed Simon, Simon Cephas; Cephasis being the Aramic word for “rock.” The Greek word for rock is “Petros,” which became the apostle’s new name “Peter.” Jesus already knew that Peter was going to be the rock upon which the Christian church was going to be built2. Simon and Andrew were the sons of Jonah, hence Jesus referring to Simon as Simon Bar- Jonah, the “Bar-Jonah” meaning “the son of Jonah.

Peter’s Strength and Weaknesses

Peter’s greatest strength was his fierce loyalty to Jesus, but his weaknesses, his fears and his doubts were equally strong. As loyal as Peter was to Jesus, he betrayed that loyalty on the night Jesus was taken captive by denying Him three times, just as Jesus told him that he would. Peter stepped out of the boat and started walking on the water with Jesus until he took his eyes off Jesus and his fear caused him to start to sink. After the resurrection, Jesus paid especial attention to Peter, rehabilitating him, assuring him that he was forgiven. It was not until after Jesus’ resurrection and the apostles were filled with the Holy Ghost that Peter conquered his fears and turned into a fearless, fierce evangelist. Peter was so overcome by the experience, that he begun preaching to a huge crowd of people and, according to Acts 2:41, 3,000 people were added to the early church.

Peter Joins the Inner Circle

Peter became one of Jesus’ inner circle when Jesus invited him to enter the house of Jairus with James and John. Jesus had gone into the house of Jairus3 to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead. The apostles composing Jesus’ inner circle were the apostles that witnesses Jesus’ transfiguration4 and witnessed His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane5. Peter is the only apostle that appears in all four Gospels, the Book of Acts, and is mentioned in Galatians 1:18 and 2:7-14. Peter also authored the two Epistles named after him—1 Peter and 2 Peter.

Peter’s Lesson for Us

We must never forget that God is in control of our lives. When we forget that Jesus is setting on the throne in our hearts, controlling our lives, we try to operate on own authority and that is when we get into trouble. God uses us to further His Kingdom here on earth in spite of our human frailties. There are no offenses so great that God cannot forgive them, if we confess them to Him, and welcome us back in the fold. We are the sons and daughters of God, and we can accomplish great things for the kingdom of God as long as we place our trust in God and not in our selves.

References:
1Matthew 4:17-19 (AKJV)
2Matthew 16:13-20 (AKJV)
3Mark 5:35-43 (AKJV)
4Matthew 17:1-9
5Mark 14:33-42

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author avatar Tony Barnes
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

most people would say John is who Jesus felt closest too. Interesting you would say Peter. BTW, I will return your phone call tomorrow Jerry. Got back to work today...and was slammed busy.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

John or Peter, or maybe both. I think that many people say John because John was the apostle that Jesus asked to look after His mother. I will be writing about that in an up coming part of this series on the apostles.

OK on the phone call. I was just becoming extremely concerned about Sherri. Look forward to talking with you tomorrow.

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author avatar spirited
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Peter believed fully in Jesus, but his faith was sometimes left behind in his fears I feel.

Informative post Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Just what I said until after he and the other apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Jerry very beautiful post as well I have a question, wasnt Matthew anotehr one of the apostols close to Jesus?

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Fern. Yes he was, but not as close as Peter, James, and John who made up Jesus' inner circle. I will be writing about Matthew and all the original twelve apostles in this series.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Matthew Levi many say he was one of teh closest and most accuratte historian in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, isnt it. By teh way my oldest son his name is Yoram that means the one thats coming, it on Matthews chapter I versicule eight teh descendance of Anas and Josafa is Joram! Thank you for your kind response Jerry!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

O how I love Peter, Jerry .. He reminds me of a mighty Stallion before he was broken ...and when he meets the power of the Holy Spirit ...then He is still like a mighty stallion , but one who is under new management , powerful and yet willingly controlled . the Lord knew what He was doing when He chose such a man as Peter ...I look forward to reading your very good account of all the Apostles .
God bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Yes, Stella, I love Peter too. When I study his life, I see so much of myself in him. Of all the Apostles, I can identify with him the most..
God bless you Stella,
Have a truly blessed weekend.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Peter had his strengths and weaknesses just like all of us do. He is an inspiration because he was able to overcome his weaknesses and do wonderful works.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jan 2014 (#)

We can do wonderful works too, Connie, once we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and surrender to His guidance.

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author avatar Retired
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you for this. I think Peter is my favourite Apostle..you just reminded me of some articles about him I can put onto Wikinut!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jan 2014 (#)

I look forward to reading them Jackalyn.

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