And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
What a Time
Second Corinthians 5:17 says Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Everyone should study Peter.
My Old Man
Many times the Lord would refer to Simon when Peter was behaving himself in the old way; that way that had no patience; full of arrogance; that way of wanting to run ahead and tell the Master what He ought to do. Just consider, from the very moment that Christ set His eyes on Peter, He had hope in Peter. He knew that if Peter would just respond to His great love, Peter would be the leader he was born to be. “My Old Man.” So many times, the Lord had no choice but to refer to Peter as the Old man, the old self, because he acted in such a way.
Simon was not dependable. He would make several promises and wouldn’t keep one of them. He was one of those people who would jump in first and when the heat was too hot, jump out ahead of everyone else. He would simply bail out. The Lord had a time with him but he finally grew up. Certainly, if the Lord was able to convert Peter, there is hope for everyone.
Ye Must Be Born Again
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again (John 3:3-7).You may be asking yourself, “How can this be possible?” And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:26-27).
Through His Blood
How does man become a new creation? You are made new through the righteousness and holiness of God. Only the precious blood of Jesus can wipe away sin from man’s soul. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7). The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:7). You cannot save yourself. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). You, who are unsaved, waste no more time. Cry out, even now, unto God, who is rich in mercy; give Him your whole heart. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). The gift of regeneration—salvation is the greatest gift ever bestowed upon man by God.
They Caught Nothing
They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith 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 (John 21:4-7). Jesus wanted to use Peter as His soldier. Jesus was giving them the same instructions that He had given them before. It’s the same way to the Father; it’s the same way to salvation. Put on the new man.
I Am the Way
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 10:6). Romans 10:9-11 says That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. You must believe. You must confess the fact that you are a sinner and that you want to be free. You must let the Lord know that you want to be rid of the old man. God is still on the throne, performing miracles now as He did in the days of ole. He’s the same God. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever more. Cast your net on the right side.
They Were All Filled
Acts 2:1-4 says And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:14-21).
He’s All Grown Up
Peter was full of the good Holy Ghost. The old man was dead, no longer to be resurrected. He was buried deep. The Holy Spirit, which is the discerner of the Word, quickened Peter and he was standing tall; tall as the Lord had intended when He first laid eyes on him. Peter had gotten excited. He had the reality. He had become thrilled. He had the revelation. Finally Peter understood. It all made sense. “Why didn’t I see it before,” Peter must have questioned himself more than once. The parables, the correction and the mysteries were all living reality. No more looking through a mist, it was all right before Peter’s very eyes. “Why did it take me so long to see this? Why hadn’t I yielded before?” Peter remembered walking on the sea. The words that Jesus spoke to him were now alive and intensified in his mind. It was the transforming power of the Holy Ghost! It was fire of the Holy Ghost! It was the power of the Holy Ghost! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Peter was awakened through the power of the Holy Ghost.
As You Look Back
Have you ever been so confused? Maybe you were trying, it seemed, for such a long time, to understand a subject in school or maybe it was a lesson to be learned in the home. Finally, you were in a place where the Lord was able to make all things possible. As you look back, you wonder why you didn’t comprehend it all before. Even now, some of you who have the good Holy Ghost may have wondered, “Why did I make receiving Him so hard? Why didn’t I just yield myself right from the moment of receiving Christ into my heart? Why all the stumbling and mishaps while walking with the Lord? Why did I waste so much time?”
Not Until the Upper Room
Not until the upper room, did Peter get and keep the revelation of Jesus’ mission on earth. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 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 (Matthew 26:50-52). Peter thought that Jesus needed his help. There was no way to get full understanding without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Peter’s love for the Lord wasn’t enough. He needed power from on high. Peter couldn’t see Jesus as the sacrificial lamb until Pentecost; he received power from on high! Peter had put on the new man.
In retrospect, Peter wondered what took him so long to grow up. Why did it take him so long to get the revelation? Peter had to close all doors on his past. When Jesus was being led away by the high priest and his strong denial, it all had to be placed under the blood forever. No more condemnation.
All Part of the Past
No need to relive the past. The past could only bring resentment and regret but it was ever onward for that old boy. Can’t you see him? Peter had to settle in his heart about the garden of Gethsemane—his need to cut a man’s ear off, it was all now part of the past; all the foolish decisions; Peter let the fire of the Holy Ghost wipe the slate clean. Put on the new man. That’s just what Peter did. He couldn’t go back and undo all that he had done. He could not live his life full of regrets so he decided to accept the love of God and journey on! My old man was gone!
Peter had full reality. The Holy Ghost baptism brings life, both for the physical and spiritual man. Remember Peter had been in and out, up and down, but no more. Peter allowed the Holy Ghost to close all doors to his past and breathe new spiritual life into his soul. Too many, who have failed God in one way or another, waste so much precious time dwelling on the past. This can lead to oppression, despair, depression, and regret.
You Must Go On
You must go on. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
Let Us Reason
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).
Hear These Words
Listen to the voice of a soldier proclaiming, “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it (Acts 2:22-24).” Oh, what courage the Holy Spirit brings. Peter was finally the great witness that the Lord had hoped he would be.
From the Beginning
From the very beginning, Jesus knew if He could get Peter in the right spot, He would be a wonder and amazement to all. He had assumed his rightful place in God. Only the Holy Spirit baptism could do such a wonder as you yield all to Him. Acts 1:8 says But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Peter was now that great witness. Even though he stumbled along the way, Peter was finally awakened in the Spirit.
You, too, child of God, can be awakened in the Spirit. Study Peter’s life. Ponder it over and over again. He was a candidate to be a Judas but he yielded to love. Study closely the lives of Peter and Judas. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear (Acts 2:29-33). The past no longer mattered to Peter. He had left it all behind. He was looking straight ahead. He decided to serve God with his whole heart.
You, like Peter, may have regrets. I am certain that as you look back, you wish that you would have never failed the Lord but you must face facts and allow the Lord to heal you. Peter could have wasted so much time dwelling on his past failures. Peter was just a man. Peter had to forgive himself. Oh, let the Lord help you today.
Pricked in their Heart
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls (Acts 2:37-41). Peter, through the power of the Holy Ghost, won about three thousand souls for the kingdom of God that day.
Become another Man
Peter, on the day of Pentecost, had become another man. The power of the Holy Ghost had transformed him. He walked differently. He talked differently. He had a blood testimony. He had been bold in telling the people, “He is the Christ. He is what He says He is. He is the Messiah that we have been waiting for. He’s our bright and morning star. Behold the lily of the valley.”
Arise and Go
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62). The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel (Jeremiah 18:1-6).
A Good Work in You
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
Oh, child of God, let’s journey. Let’s journey. Let’s go on into the greatness of God. Waste no more time. When you are new through His blood, you can have Christ’s wonderful spirit. You can have His thoughts. Please repeat this simple prayer, asking Jesus into your heart. What a wonderful new start you’ll have and Jesus will be right there to walk the paths of life with you. With salvation becoming so very real to you, go on to receive the Holy Ghost baptism, for He will teach you the greatness of Jesus. He’ll make you a witness just as He did Peter.
This is That
This is the time that the Holy Spirit is being poured out without measure. Get under the spout, child of God! But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy (Acts 2:16-18). Peter once overtaken with fear, had failed the Lord when Jesus was arrested and crucified. Later, after the resurrection, after receiving the Holy Ghost, Peter, was standing up and facing the multitude that killed Jesus. Peter was no longer afraid. The Holy Ghost baptism had taken all the fear out and replaced it with the love of God. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us (I John 4:18-19).
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Seek, and ye shall find. Seek more of God. Seek the baptism. The baptism requires the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives the utterance. Decide that you must have Him; you must have the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Don’t let anyone spray you with doubt. Long for Him, yearn for more and more of Him and you will be filled. Spend much time in the presence of the Lord, praising Him with your whole heart, all of you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7).
If you meant that prayer, He has come.
Praise Him, He is Yours!
Yours with a Passion for Souls,