The Apostle Peter has emerged as the spokesman, so to speak, of the 12 Apostles on a Jewish feast day called Pentecost in Acts chapter two. The Pentecostal ministry and message continues all the way up through Acts chapter seven. The entire ministry of Peter is basically Acts chapter one through Acts chapter twelve. In Acts chapter twelve, Peter goes to another place, he cannot be found, and they all wonder what became of Peter. You might wonder too, because he simply disappears out of the book and the ONLY thing you ever know about Peter is that he wrote two books with a total of eight chapters with 166 verses. Not near the supposed far flung world wide evangelism that popular religion teaches. The truth is Peter’s whole ministry AND MESSAGE was confined to the CIRCUMCIZED JEWS except for one occasion he reluctantly went to the home of a Gentile. The only time in the bible Peter EVER preaches to a Gentile is in Acts chapter ten.
But Peter’s Pentecostal message is not the good news that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures and that he was raised again for our justification, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Peter said nothing of the sort, although thousands, perhaps millions of people believe he did.
In the book of Acts, Peter’s message is SHAME ON ISRAEL. It is a message of gloom and doom and blood, fire and smoke. It is a JEWISH tribulation message, but the good news is that Christ has been raised from the dead, he is coming again and he that endures to the end will be saved, IF he meets the conditions.
Take up your bible and check this out. Read what Peter really said. It is not good. Peter DOES NOT glory in the cross. Instead he preaches the death of Christ as a shame….not as good news. It is a MURDER CHARGE against Israel. Let’s just read:
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Did you know that Peter does not glory in the cross in the book of Acts? Peter doesn’t know the WHY of the cross in the book of Acts. It is a shame and a murder. The shed blood of Christ is only mentioned ONE TIME in all of Peter’s ministry in the book of Acts and it is NOT mentioned by Peter. It is viewed in a negative light by the people Peter preaches against:
Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Now finally, look at Stephen’s message in Acts chapter seven:
Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Now was Christ MURDERED for your sins, or did CHRIST DIE FOR YOUR SINS? Jesus said:
John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
After his resurrection, Christ appeared to Peter and the twelve, not once but on three occasions. He also appeared to the women, to the two disciples on the road, and the bible says to over five hundred people at once. But for all that it was only Paul who said:
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
It was Paul who received the message of the WHY of the cross.