After His resurrection Christ appeared to His apostles and said “Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:23. This authority was not given to the Apostle Peter alone but to ALL of the disciples. They constituted the Church...in embryo. Christ is working through His Body today to remit sins and loose on earth. The disciples of Christ plant and water so that God will give the increase. “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a PREACHER?” Romans 10:14.
Now, take note, it doesn’t say “without a priest”. A priest presents man to God. That is the work of the LORD Jesus Christ. A preacher presents God to man. EVERY Christian should preach. And the humblest uneducated untrained babe in Christ can forgive sins just like Peter and Paul did. This is the way Peter did it…ready?...Here we go…
TURN TO ACTS 10:43
“To Him (Jesus) all the prophets witness, that through His Name, whosoever believeth on Him shall receive remission of sins.” See how the Apostle Peter forgave sins? He preached Christ as the sin-bearer. It was Peter who wrote concerning this sinbearer, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24.
“Whosoever believeth on Him”, said Peter, “shall receive remission of sins.” See how Peter remitted sins? The Apostle Paul did it in the same way. Acts 13:39. A 12 year old Christian boy can do it in the same way. It is the LORD Jesus Christ who is to grant forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31.
The Apostle Peter declares that Christ is the Stone upon which the Church is built. Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:7. To Simon, Christ said, “Thou art Peter and upon this Petra I will build my Church” Matthew 16:17. The Church, the Body of Christ, is NOT built upon Peter; BUT upon CHRIST! Whosoever will make Simon’s confession will immediately become a member of Christ’s Body…Without holy water or any other religious rite. Keep this in mind always…The Church is not the door to Christ and salvation…CHRIST IS THE DOOR! He who has Christ has salvation, and not religion. He is in the true Church, the One Body, of which Christ in Heaven is the One and only Head.
In Acts 1-7, Peter and the eleven are the representatives of the risen LORD with Divine authority. They are using the keys…the “Kingdom of the Heavens” keys. They are preaching concerning David’s throne, and the Messianic Kingdom, TO Israel. They will have authority in connection with Israel when this Kingdom shall be established at the Coming of Christ. Matthew 19:28. Some years later read what the Apostle Paul had to say about them, “But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me.” Galatians 2:6.
Then the Apostle Paul withstood the Apostle Peter to the face, because he was to be blamed. Galatians 2:11-14.
But like Jacob, the clever, scheming, intensely human, selfish servant of God who finally became the gentle, unselfish, righteous Israel, in his old age…so the Apostle Peter came to the place of real victory, as the calm gentle, lovable, writer of two epistles. His last word was concerning his beloved Brother Paul, whose epistles Peter read, 2 Peter 3:15-16. Surely Peter came to understand, as you and I should, in the reading of the Apostle Paul’s epistles, that Paul was Christ’s apostle to the Body of Christ and FINAL human authority by whom truth concerning the Body of Christ was given. The Apostle Paul never worked under Peter’s keys. Galatians 1:12, and Galatians 1:17-23; Galatians 2:2.
A final thought for today's message...Anyone who will carefully read the New Testament Scriptures will be assured that the Apostle Peter was NEVER a Roman Pope, that he NEVER forgave sins, that he NEVER prayed to Mary, that he NEVER preached Purgatory, that he was NEVER a Christian priest, that he NEVER had a building called a cathedral, that he NEVER wore ecclesiastical garments, that he NEVER claimed that bread and wine could be actually turned into the body and blood of Christ; that he NEVER prayed for the dead, that be NEVER had silver and gold, that he was NEVER called “Reverend Peter”, or “Father Peter”. Do a good thing, read his own words for yourself in 1 Peter 5:1-7.
So There you have it!
Please spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide. The time is short.
Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In Ya-hweh Yahuwshua, The LORD Jesus Christ;
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2Cor.5:18)