Gospels In Harmony – Denial – Mat 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:15-16, 25-27

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Denial – Mat 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, John 18:15-16, 25-27

[Study Aired February 1, 2022]

John 18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
Mark 14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
John 18:16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 
Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, 
John 18:25 Simon Peter stood and warmed himself.
Luke 22:55 and when they were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
Mark 14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, 
Luke 22:56 a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, 
John 18:17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples?
Mark 14:67 And she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth,
Matt 26:69 Jesus of Galilee.
Mark 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
Matt 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch,
John 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
Matt 26:71 another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Matt 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 
Luke 22:59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, 
John 18:25 They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples?
John 18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
Luke 22:59 Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 
Luke 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest.
Matt 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. 
Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew.
Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.
Mark 14:72 And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Luke 22:62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. 

In our last study Christ was taken before Annas and Caiaphas. In their minds Christ blasphemed the name of the Lord and should be put to death.

Mark 14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. 
Mark 14:56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. 
Matt 26:60 At the last came two false witnesses saying, 
Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. 
Mark 14:59 But neither so did their witness agree together.
Mark 14:60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
Matt 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
Luke 22:67 And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: 
Luke 22:68 And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.
Luke 22:70 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Matt 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy:
Mark 14:64 what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

Even though they did not follow the law of Moses and have two or three witnesses establish the matter, they had no problem using the sentence given to Moses about the sin of blaspheming the name of the Lord.

Deut 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Lev 24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

Tonight our story continues with Peter’s actions fulfilling the Lord’s prophecy of denial.

Matt 26:34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou (Peter) shalt deny me thrice.
John 18:15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
Mark 14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.
John 18:16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. 
Luke 22:55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, 
John 18:25 Simon Peter stood and warmed himself.
Luke 22:55 and when they were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
Mark 14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, 

Moments earlier Peter and the disciples were ready to fight until the death to protect Christ in the garden. Christ denied them that opportunity by reminding them of His doctrine and that the scriptures must be fulfilled concerning Him.

Matt 26:51-56 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled. 

Next, Peter is recognized as a disciple of Christ and the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy concerning denial begins.

Luke 22:56 a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, 
John 18:17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples?
Mark 14:67 And she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth,
Matt 26:69 Jesus of Galilee.
Mark 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.

Peter is a type and shadow of when we first deny Christ. We do this when we hear the truth and deny it is the truth. An example would be hearing the message that Christ is the savior of all but deny that all will be saved. The fulfillment continues.

Matt 26:71 And when he was gone out into the porch,
John 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.
Matt 26:71 another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Matt 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

This time Peter denied with an oath with his claim of not knowing Christ. We do the same thing when we are exposed to more truths but deny these truths because they do not fit into our belief that everyone is in control of their salvation. Now comes the final denial of Christ’s prophecy.

Luke 22:59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed,
John 18:25 They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples?
John 18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
Luke 22:59 Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 
Luke 22:60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest.
Matt 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.

Peter curses and swears denying he is a disciple of Christ shouting he does not know the man. We have all been there when we were fully into the doctrines of the world. We are in total denial at this point in our walk.

Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew.
Luke 22:61 And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.
Mark 14:72 And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Luke 22:62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. 

The prophecy “Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice” is now fulfilled. We are a witness against ourselves and the process of spiritual completion through judgment now begins. This is a necessary part of the process of salvation. Peter walked with Christ for 3½ years. He saw miracles performed and even performed miracles. He believed Christ’s teachings, and yet he still denied that he knew him. All this had to happen so the scriptures would be fulfilled concerning Christ.

Luke 22:37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.

This is the time we lose our first love.

Rev 2:2-5 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

We are as carnal as the world in this state. We are told we do not live by bread alone but by every word of God.

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

The problem at this time in our walk is that the true bread has been taken away, and we have been set up to eat our own bread.

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Our old man has not yet been converted and can only deny Christ. Until the holy spirit is sent to us, we remain in denial. Our only hope is the promise of Christ sending the Comforter.

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

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