Part 12 – How Did Simon Peter Change As A New Species?
Jesus Is The Resurrection And The Life
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;” (John 11:25, NIV)
According to this verse, Jesus is just not resurrected, He IS Resurrection. He said, “I am the resurrection”.
Also according to this verse, Jesus is not just alive, He IS Life, the life, the highest life.
And since Jesus is the resurrection and the life, He can give resurrection and life to everyone.
Jesus went to Peter. As all fallen men, Peter’s body was no longer just a body, it was flesh, indwelt by sin. His soul was damaged. His emotions were controlling his life. He was strong willed, but he was actually weak. His mind was confused, and unbelieving. And his spirit was dead within him.
In the beginning, the role of Jesus was creator. After Jesus rose from the dead, His role changed from creator, to life-giver. Jesus did not create something new in Peter, He gave Peter something un-created. He gave Peter His life, God’s own life, and it fused with his human spirit, and made something new.
“And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22, NIV).
Notice God’s sense of humour. Peter was a cursing, swearing, ignorant, impulsive, unstable, God-denying, Lord-betraying, illiterate, fallen man. God chose to use him (and a few others), to launch a whole new creation.
When Jesus died on the cross, the entire first creation was destroyed. In God’s view, the whole of the first creation was gone. So God made something new, out of something un-created! Jesus breathed His life into Peter, and what happened?
What Happened To Simon Peter?
What about his soul?
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7, NIV)
Peter’s soul was cleansed from all sin, made whiter than snow, and is slowly being transformed by the spirit within him.
What about his body?
“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable.” (1 Corinthians 15:42, NIV).
Peter’s body was given the seed of a resurrected, eternal, glorified body, but it will not bloom, until the trumpet sounds, and Christ returns.
What about his human spirit?
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11, NIV)
Peter’s human spirit was literally resurrected from the dead. His spirit, that came from another realm, is now alive!
And then … God’s Spirit, God’s Life, the fruit of the Tree of Life, entered into Peter’s spirit. And Peter became the first human ever to partake of the tree of life!
“(48) I am the bread of life. (49) Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. (50) But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. (51) I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (52) Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (53) Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. (54) Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (55) For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. (56) Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. (57) Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.” (John 6:48-57, NIV).
And Peter’s resurrected human Spirit, and God’s Life (the Spirit), became one!
“But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17, NIV).
What Are The Consequences Of Simon Peter Being A New Species?
First, Peter was now the first human to ever have two life forms within him. So Peter just moved up the zoe-ological chart!
Second, Peter now had the opportunity to live by the highest life. Even though Peter was in for a long life of growth, growth that would take his whole lifetime, Peter now had the chance to live his life, by the highest life. And so Peter declares with great excitement, “I have become a partaker of the divine nature!”
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4, NIV).
Third, Peter was now a new citizen of a new nation (God’s Kingdom).
“But our citizenship is in heaven…..” (Philippians 3:20, NIV).
Fourth, Peter now had a new home.
“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:13, NIV).
And fifth, Peter’s relationship with Jesus moved from the outside to the inside, from the external to the internal, from his five physical senses to his spirit within.
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18, NIV).
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 13 – The Folly Of Trying To Live The Christian Life – Pt 1