Peter the Apostle

Topics: Saint Peter, New Testament, Gospel Pages: 2 (805 words) Published: August 14, 2008
Apostle Peter

It is said that the apostle Peter was a slender person of a middle size inclining to tallness and that his complexion was pale, almost white. It is also said that he had a short thick curled beard and thin eyebrows, or, no eyebrows at all. Peter's eyes were black, but, flecked with red due to frequent weeping.

Born at Betsaida, in Galilee, to a fisherman by the name of Jona, Peter would eventually follow his father into this profession. Well one day he was standing by the shore and a man named Jesus told him to follow him and told him “from now on you are no longer a fisherman you are a fisher man of man” and left with him. Peter Simon and his brother Andrew became partners with Zebedee and his sons James and John in a fishing business. All four, Peter, Andrew, James and John were to become disciples of Jesus, later to be appointed as apostles by Him. So firm was Peter's faith, that Jesus gave him the name of Cephas, meaning, in the Syriac language, a rock. Peter is the Greek translation of Cephas.

Peter had a strong temper he always carried a sword next to him. In one occasion he cut off a soldier’s ear of with his sword. The house in which Peter lived in, in Capernaum, is still standing, however, in the 5th century AD, a Christian church was constructed over it. It was Peter who preached to the masses in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost following the Lord's ascension to heaven and it is his message which is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, the book of Acts, chapter 2. In fact, much is written about the apostle Peter in the first 12 chapters of the book of Acts in the New Testament.

Peter asked Jesus “Lord’ who will be the one to turn you in? will it be me? “and Jesus told him “ the one who eats out of my plate will be the one to turn me in”. it was non other than Judas who would betray him. Peter is, also, the one who prompted the disciples to choose a replacement to take over the apostolic ministry of Judas Iscariot...
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