DescriptionI. - THE ROOT OF FAILURE.
"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 unto 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 xxii. 31-34).
"And the Lord turned, and looked on 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 xxii. 61-62).
"But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before yon into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you (Mark xvi. 7).
"The Lord is risen, indeed, and hath appeared unto Simon. (Luke xxiv. 34).
"Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea .... As soon, then, as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread .... Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine .... So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than these?" (John xxi. 7-15).
Have put together these passages from the Gospels, that we may have before us, at one view, all the steps in that "conversion," or restoration of Peter's soul, of which they speak to us. Conversion, in Scripture, is not by any means always the first grand turning of the
32 pages Pamphlet Author: F. W. Grant