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Is there any significance behind Jesus' use of the word "love" in "John 21:15-17"

In John 21:15-17 (ESV), we read: 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that ...
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Someone said the Biblical Apostles and Prophets got it wrong about the return of Christ in Acts 2:16-17

This question does not reflect my belief at all, but I would like to know others' thoughts because it almost made me question the authority of Scripture. Recently, the owner of a ministry called ...
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Acts 12:19 Who are Herod's prison guards with Peter?

In Acts 12:19, Herod gives order to kill prison guards: Act 12:19  And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers (φύλαξ), and commanded that they should be put to ...
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What is the significance and meaning behind Jesus giving Simon the name Peter?

What is the significance behind Jesus giving the apostle Simon the new name Peter and him being referred to in scripture as either "Peter" / "Simon Peter" from then on ? I have ...
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Why is it only Matthew who records Peter walking on water in Matthew 14:26-31?

(KJV) Matthew 14:26 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, ...
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Can we determine from the text/context in what language Peter preached his sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-41)?

We all know that the apostles and disciples miraculously spoke different tongues at Pentecost, that the foreigners around who were native speakers of those languages could understand: 5 Now there ...
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Meaning of Peter's second comment to the maiden's interrogation in Mark

In Mark 14:68, Peter denies knowing Jesus, but he also says he does not understand what she meant: But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” And he went ...
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Who is the son of man in Matthew 16:13?

"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that [I] the Son of man [am] is? And they said, Some say [that thou art] John the Baptist: ...
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Whom did Ananias lie to? The Holy Spirit, God or both? Acts 5:3-4

Acts 5:3-4 (ESV): 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did ...
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According to Mark 14:68 the first rooster crowed after Peter's first denial, wasn't it supposed to crow after his third denial?

According to Mark 14:30 before, the rooster crows twice Peter would deny Jesus three times: Mark 14:30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you ...
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Is there a causal connection between the denial of Peter and Christ's question?

According to the Gospels, Peter denied Jesus three times. Is this the reason why Jesus asked Peter "do you love me" exactly three times?
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4 different ways to interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22?

Given the surrounding context of 2 Peter 2:20-22 we might come to 4 different conclusions on the interpretation of this verse. Given the rule of rational deduction, can we interpret 2 Peter 2:20-22 ...
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Why Jesus didn't have sins and how is it possible?

I'd like to understand why Jesus didn't have sins, as it states in 2 Cor 5:21: 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. And ...
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Do John 1:35-42 & Matthew 10:1-4 describe the same occasion?

Is the occasion of Jesus calling Simon in Matthew 10:1-4 the same occasion found in John 1:35-42?
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What is the meaning of the Greek - "having been born again"? 1 Pet 1:23

1 Pet 1:23 (NDLT, bold highlights word in question) having been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, by the living and abiding word of God Peter uses a word that seems to be used ...
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Why did John make such a big deal about being a faster runner than Peter?

John 20:3-8: So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of ...
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Κηφάς (Greek proper name) < κεϕαλή (head) < πέτρος (rock)?

Are Κηφάς (a Greek proper name < Aramaic כיפא‎, kēp̄ā, "rock"), κεϕαλή (head), and πέτρος (rock) etymologically related? Jn. 1:42: "Thou shalt be called Cephas (Κηφάς), which is ...
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From the account in John 18 did Peter just deny being a follower of Christ, or did he actually disown following Christ?

John gave more details that the other Gospels. To start with he told that Peter cut off the ear of the high priest's servant at the beginning of ch18. Since the high priest and apparently his ...
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What did Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build my church"?

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 What does Jesus mean by "on this rock, I will build My ...
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Reconciling the accounts of the calling of Simon Peter

How do you reconcile the two accounts of Jesus calling Peter? (Matt 4:18-19 and John 1:35-42) In the Matthew passage, Peter and Andrew are together fishing. In the John passage, Andrew was with John ...
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Acts 1:18 - Matthew 27:5 - Contradiction on Judas death & who purchased the field (silver coins) [duplicate]

Acts 1:18-19 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the ...
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What does washing of the feet symbolize in John 13:10?

John 13:10 (NASB) Jesus said to him, He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all. What spiritual reality/truth is Jesus getting at by ...
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Might we infer, based on Peter's divine revelation in Matthew 16:16, that the same happened earlier to Nathanael in John 1:49?

Peter identified Christ in Matthew 16:16 by divine revelation. Can we assume the same occurred to Nathanael in John 1:49? In both the Gospels of Matthew and John, we read of Jesus being identified as ...
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In Galatians 2:11-13 why does Peter fear the Jewish believers?

KJV Gal 2:11  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.  Gal 2:12  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but ...
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Does John 1:41-42 parallel Matthew 16:16-18, where Simon is also named "Cephas/Peter"?

In the Gospel of John, Christ names Simon "Cephas" (Peter): John 1:41-42: "[Andrew] found first his own brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which translated ...
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What is the significance of how Jesus instructed Peter to get the money in Matthew 17:25

In Matthew 17 there is a story of Jesus telling Peter to go and get money for the temple tax. For some reason, Jesus didn't just make money appear or ask Peter to get some from Judas Iscariot (who ...
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Mark 16:7 Did Peter lose his salvation upon his denial of Jesus thrice?

Is there reason to believe from the text that Peter was no longer included and numbered among the disciples (followers of Jesus, believers, those who would be saved, have eternal life) when the ...
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Did Jesus address Peter or Satan influencing Peter when he said “Get behind me, Satan!" in Matthew 16:23?

Matthew 16:23 (ESV): 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Was ...
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"Thou shalt deny me thrice" - Prophecy or Command?

Peter does a 180 It is curious how quickly Peter changed from the brave (if brash) swordsman in Gethsemane to the frightened denier. Peter denied Jesus 3 times despite being warned in advance: Jesus ...
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Simon Peter vs. Simeon Peter - is there significance/context to using one vs. the other

Peter is regularly referred to as "Simon Peter". But in two places in the New Testament he is called "Simeon Peter". At the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15: 13 and after they are ...
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In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock"? [duplicate]

In Matthew 16:18, was Jesus referring to Peter or himself when he said "upon this rock, i will build my church"? 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will ...
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What difference does Paul intend the Galatians to place on the changing of Peter's name from Cephas to Peter and back to Cephas?

In writing to the Galatians, Paul includes some historical material: 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the ...
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Did Peter converse with (pray to) the Holy Spirit in Acts 10:9-19?

Acts 10:9-19 (NIV): 9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and ...
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What did Peter not realize in Luke 9:33?

In Luke 9:33, when Peter suggests setting up tabernacles for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, the author of Luke says he “didn’t realize what he was saying.” What did Peter not realize? What was wrong about ...
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Why did Christ wash Judas feet in John 13:5?

John 13:5 (NKJV) 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Christ clearly states that one of ...
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In his sermon, Peter accuses the huge crowd of being guilty of - "nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles". "Why?

Acts 2:23 NASB 23 This man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles. Many people in this huge crowd of ...
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What is the Greek meaning of "this" in Matthew 16:18?

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 ESV) Taking this verse at face value - it appears to me ...
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Why did Jesus ask Peter, no less than 3 times: "Do you love me?'

I was asked this question by a realtor several days ago, while being shown possible retirement homes, I having casually mentioned that I was an advocate for this site, even to the point of ...
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At John 20:6,7, is what Peter saw in the tomb his "lightbulb" moment to recognize Jesus as the Messiah?

In John chapter 20, we see the disciples going into the tomb where Jesus was lain. In verse 6,7: "Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes ...
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Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach baptismal regeneration?

20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21The like ...
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Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?

Paul: Romans 13:11-12. 1 Corinthians 7:29. 1 Thessalonians 4:15. Hebrews 10:37. James: James 5:8. Peter: 1 Peter 4:7. The question is so simple: Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?
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At what time did Jesus rise from the tomb?

I basically want to know if anyone has any concrete knowledge of Jesus being in the tomb any time beyond the end of the Sabbath day. I am not looking for any assumptions. Assumptions as in the case of ...
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Who/what is Peter's angel?

In Acts 12, Peter is miraculously released from prison when an angel visits him at night. Peter escapes and returns to the house where a group is gathered praying. A servant girl, Rhoda goes to answer ...
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What prompted Jesus to say "Get thee behind me, Satan" to Peter in Matthew 16:23?

I'm wondering why Jesus told Peter "Get thee behind me, Satan". What do you think Peter's initial reaction was?
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How did Peter recognize the OT prophets?

In Matt 17:4, how did Peter recognize Moses and Elijah?
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In Matthew 19:28 what is "the regeneration"?

Mat 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ...
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I know that you acted in ignorance. Acts 3:17

Whilst giving a sermon in the temple, Peter said to people: Acts 3:17 NASB “And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also." Why did the Jews act in ...
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What are the interpretive options for Acts 15 and Galatians 1-2?

In Acts 15 a dispute between Paul and Peter is described. Here are the details, as I understand them: Peter was denying table fellowship to new Christian converts who were not circumcised and who did ...
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Is it possible that Saint Mark's account of Christ's prediction of Saint Peter's denials is doctored?

Saint Mark says that Christ said to Saint Peter at the Mount of Olives, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. Mark 14:30b ...
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Did Aeneas turn to the Lord with all the others in Lydda and Sharon?

In Acts 9:32-35 32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was ...