From readings about the times Peter was mentioned in the book of Luke, sometimes along with readings of parallel verses, we can draw out essential qualities of Peter that we can apply in our own walk of faith. The focus is on Peter in relation to his times with the Lord Jesus.
In Luke 5:5;
When it is from above, Peter is quick to answer/ agree/ obey. Perhaps it is from the attitude of willingness in Peter. And since there was that where he had heard Jesus spoke in his fishing boat before giving the command (verse 4), we can glean that when it is from the Lord, Peter would jump into it.
The willingness can be said to emanate from the way Peter regards the Word/ Scriptures- with reverence and utmost certainty. Even in his letter to believers in the Dispersion, such attitude towards the Word was in good use (2 Peter 1:19).
In Luke 8:45;
He always has something to say to the Lord and he speaks it even when it is different to what others are saying. On the one hand, “When all denied it…” may not be entirely different to what Peter have in mind but he had a way to convey his message much more encompassing in scope and thereby becomes entirely his own.
The popularity of Jesus on those times subjects the Lord whenever the situation allows to be surrounded by a crowd, of mostly people in need of something like healing, (and spiritual upliftment) etc. The desperation characteristic in such a crowd is comparable to adoring fans of movie actors/ actresses, sports figures, or band members these days. They do not quite mind who is around their target until they are shoved aside. Thus, the fact that Peter was able to give answer to the Lord’s query means he stayed closed as the others. Peter had the burning desire to stay attached/ connected to the Lord. This attitude makes him one of the best witnesses of the Lord’s words and acts.
In Luke 9: 18- 20/ Mark 8: 27- 30/ Matthew 16: 13- 20;
Peter already had received a very nice view of who Jesus is. In fact, he is able to set apart what he thinks Jesus is from what the crowd thinks the Lord is. And he speaks that view with passion certainty.
In Luke 9: 28- 36;
Peter is endowed with initiative and innovative thinking. He is quick to grasp what he thinks is a need and speaks it out. Albeit it was written in verse 33 that he “not knowing what he said”, he would still speak out his mind.
There is however an intriguing part in this story of the “Transfiguration”. Peter spoke with absolute certainty that the two men speaking with the Lord Jesus Christ are Moses and Elijah. It was as though it was told him but by no one. The source of his certainty can only be a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures that without doubt bears a trademark of the two chosen people of God. From such “trademark” he was able to conclude the Lord was talking to Moses and Elijah.
In Luke 12: 41
Peter is quick to ask questions. It implies an eagerness to learn of what he had proven to be truth. This same attitude he stated in his letter to encourage believers (Read 2 Peter 3: 18).
In Luke 18: 28;
Peter seems to be pressing God for reward in that statement. A statement that looks embarrassing yet was spoken. It looks whimsical. Nevertheless, the Lord’s response is one of His most beautiful promises most reassuring especially for the servants today.
In Luke 22: 8: 13
It is another display of a disciple’s inquisitive spirit with full reverence and trust in the prophetic Word. How else can one explain the obedience of Peter (and John) when they were told to go prepare the Passover in the house of a master that that master’s servant shall direct them to? And that master’s servant they shall meet in the city. It was not even told them if that servant or owner of the house they already met or knew. It was a prophecy!
In Luke 22: 31-34/ Luke 22: 54- 62/ John 13: 36- 38;
Jesus reveals the struggle of Peter. It was one the Lord said he had prayed for saying, “… that your faith may not fail”.
It is a struggle that caused Peter to “wept bitterly” (Luke 22: 62). He knew it was a grievous failure. The Lord had earlier declared the necessity of acknowledging Him before men and that “but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12: 8-9).
But we can all see that such a struggle (and failure) had not caused Peter to diminish in any way. The same reckless trust and faith in his Lord drove him to draw the sword and cut the right ear of the servant of the high priest named Malchus (John 18:10).
Jesus of course never approved of such act. But such act displays the characteristic quickness in Peter. He is quick to answer (agree or obey), quick to ask, and quick to act albeit it as though at these point his motor reflex goes before the comprehension.
In Luke 24: 10- 12;
When all considered the news of Jesus resurrection as an “idle tale”, Peter sought the truth for himself and “ran to the tomb” (verse 12). Today, we can all “ran to the tomb” and discover that indeed, as was foretold, the Lamb of God had freed us from it (tomb/ sin/ death).
Despite his failure (denying Jesus), Peter continued to seek truth in the Word. It is all perseverance in such times for Peter. This character was nurtured in him so that in his letters to the believers in the Dispersion he stressed the value of perseverance and steadfastness in times of suffering (Please read 1 Peter 3: 8- 22/ 1 Peter 4: 12- 19 and 2 Peter 1:6).
There are other acts of Peter especially in the book of Acts. We shall study it some other time.
All Bible quotes were from the English Standard Version.