PETER’S DENIALS (DENYING CHRIST IN SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY) (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke Chapter 22: 54-62 (KJV)
In Peter’s second denial, he is confronted by another who said, "Thou are also of them." The woman said Peter was with Him. In this next encounter, it says Peter was with them. The plurality here speaks to Peter being part of the Body of Christ. And Peter said, Man, I am not. To deny Christ is to deny our very own bodies. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have been bought with a price, and we are not our own. Our bodies are temples or abodes for our Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. This denial then pictures separating oneself from the Body of Christ as well as denying that we belong to Him.
Romans Chapter 12: 1-2 reads, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." These verses afford us a fresh look at what is forfeited when we deny the Lord bodily. To be living sacrifices is not man’s attempt to be super-spiritual, but a reasonable service because Christ is our Life. These verses also show the connection of the soul and body as our minds (the realm of the soul) must be renewed in order for us to be transformed.