A BIOGRAPHY OF PETER
During the first decade of the church Peter is the dominant figure.
The Apostle who spoke for the twelve, walked on water, confessed Jesus is the
Christ, and shared the
most intimate moments (transfiguration / Gethsemane)
Continued as the spokesman
In the upper room to the disciples
At Pentecost to the Jews
At the temple healing
In prison suffering
In the church purging
To Somalia welcoming Samaritans
To Caesarea welc
He healed the sick
Raised the dead
He spoke for God
Peter is a man to listen to
An Interview With St. Peter
By John Philips
St. Peter played a prominent part in the early Church. The book of Acts
records several of his early sermons. He
authored two books in the Holy
A study of his sayings casts much light on his attitude toward the Church
and its teachings.
How would he have answered questions both Catholics and Protestants
ask in this ecumenical age? We have written and a
ddressed some, as it were, to
His replies are all taken from his own speeches and writings as we have
them in the Holy Scr9iptures. We have used only the approved Confraternity
edition of the Scriptures in giving St. Peter’s replies.
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Could you tell us simply, St. Peter, how we can be saved from our sins?
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21)
“Set your hope completely upon that grace which is brought to you in the
revelation of Jesus Christ” (I St. Peter 1:13)
him all the prophets bear witness, that through his name all who believe in
him may receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:43).
Do those who have trusted the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of their
sins have to anticipate purgatory when they die?
d be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his
great mercy has begotten us again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead, unto a living hope, unto a n incorruptible inheritance
unfading, reserved for y
ou in heaven. By the power of god you are guarded
through faith for salvation, which is ready to be revealed in the last time. Over
this you rejoice” (I St. Peter 1:3
But surely, St. Peter, even the true believer has a residue of sins for
which he has
to make restitution to God in penance?
“Christ…has suffered for you,…who himself bore our sins in this body upon the
tree, that we, having died to sin, might live to justice; an by his stripes you were
healed (I St. Peter 2:21, 24).
St. Peter, is it poss
ible for the grace to be purchased by us in any way?
“You know that you were redeemed from the vain manner of life handed down
from your fathers, not with perishable things, with silver or gold. But with the
precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without b
lemish and without spot” (I St.
“Thy money go to destruction with thee, because thou has thought that the gift
of God could be purchased with money. Thou has no part or lot in this matter;
for thy heart is not right before God. Repent there
fore of this wickedness…and
pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee” (Acts
What is your opinion on baptismal regeneration, St. Peter? Are we
bought into the family of God through a sacrament of baptism? Is this
ow we are born again?
“For you have been reborn, not from corruptible seed but from incorruptible,
through the word of God who lives and abides forever” (I St. Peter 1:23).
Do you think all men will eventually be saved?
“But the heavens that now are, and
the earth, by that same word have been
stored up, being reserved for fire against the day of judgment and destruction of
ungodly men” (II St. Peter 3:7).