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---> "You shall be over my house, and at the commandment of your mouth all the people shall obey: only in the kingly throne will I be above you
. And again Pharao said to Joseph:
Behold, I have appointed you over the whole land of Egypt
. And he took his ring from his own hand, and gave it into his hand: and he put upon him a robe of silk, and put a chain of gold about his neck. And he made him go up into his second chariot, the crier proclaiming that all should bow their knee before him, and that they should know he was made governor over the whole land of Egypt
. And the king said to Joseph: I am Pharao: without your commandment no man shall move hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
---> "And when
there also they began to be famished, the people cried to Pharao
, for food. And he said to them: Go to Joseph: and do all that he shall say to you.
---> "And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron: When Pharao shall say to you, Shew signs; you shall say to Aaron: Take your rod, and cast it down before Pharao, and it shall be turned into a serpent. Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharao, and did as the Lord had commanded. And Aaron took the rod before Pharao and his servants
, and it was turned into a serpent.
And Pharao called the wise men and the magicians; and they also by Egyptian enchantments and certain secrets, did in like manner. And they every one cast down their rods
, and they were turned into serpents: but Aaron's rod devoured their rods.
1 Samuel 17:40
---> "And he
took his staff, which he had always in his hands: and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook
, and put them into the shepherd's scrip, which he had with him, and he took a sling in his hand, and went forth against the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:49-50
---> "And he
put his hand into his scrip, and took a stone, and cast it with the sling, and fetching it about, struck the Philistine in the forehead, and he fell on his face upon the earth.
And David prevailed over the Philistine, with a sling and a stone, and he struck, and slew the Philistine.
And as David had no sword in his hand"
---> "He made him master of his house, and ruler of all his possession.
---> "And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
---> "Then Jesus says
to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written: The Lord your God shall you adore, and him only shall you serve.
---> "And forgive us our debts
, as we also forgive our debtors."
---> "Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit, and the evil tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.
---> "That it might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet Isaias, saying: He took our infirmities, and bore our diseases.
---> "Woe to you, Corozain, woe to you, Bethsaida: for if in Tyre and Sidon had been wrought the miracles that have been wrought in you
, they had long ago done penance in sackcloth and ashes.
---> "(28) Come to me all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
(29) Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: And you shall find rest to your souls. (30) For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
---> "Or how can any one enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his goods, unless he first bind the strong
? and then he
will rifle his house.
---> "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him
neither in this world, nor in the world to come.
---> "This people honours me with their lips: but their heart is far from me.
---> "And I say to you: That you are Peter***
; and upon this rock***
I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: 'Peter' means 'Rock'
(1): compare "And I say to you: That you are Stone; and upon this rock I will built my Church(...)"
with "And I say to you: That you are Rock; and upon THIS (my emphasis
) rock I will build my Church(...)";
If 'Peter' means 'Stone' then why Simon is named 'Stone'? There is nothing in Matthew 16:13-19 or elsewhere that would explain why Simon alone was praised by Jesus with that weird name 'Stone'; if 'Peter' means 'Stone' the first part of Jesus' statement ("you are Peter") is senseless, 'Peter' doesn't make sense and that that Jesus Christ uttered a senseless statement is a blasphemy;
If 'Peter' means 'Rock' then 'THIS rock' from the second part refers to the just mentioned 'Rock' in the first part and 'Peter' makes sense;
(2): after seeing (1) you can see that male name 'Peter' comes from Greek male name 'Petros' which comes from Greek female noun 'petra' meaning 'rock'; male names in Greek cannot have '-a' as ending because '-a' ending is for female names only. )
---> "And*** I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven***.
And whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven
: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
ties this verse to the immediately preceding verse, Matthew 16:18, that is to Simon Peter;
the keys of the kingdom of heaven***
are here explicitly mentioned and given to Simon Peter alone, while afterwards, in Matthew 18:18 (little below), the keys aren't explicitly mentioned (because they were already known) and are given to all The Apostles, Simon Peter included.
This fact is of key importance because it shows that:
- Only Simon Peter and each of his successors ranks before the College of The Twelve Apostles;
- Only Simon Peter and each of his successors is alone equal to The Twelve Apostles, the pastors of all Churches of The Church.
Necessarily follows: Only Simon Peter and each of his successors called 'pope' is alone the pastor of The Church (on behalf of Jesus Christ, The High Pastor of The Church), and of all
Its Churches and of all Christians, not only the first among the equal (if Simon Peter had been the first among the equal he would have received the keys first and then the rest of The Twelve Apostles without him, and not as happened). )
---> "And if he will not hear them: tell the church.
And if he will not hear the church, let him be to you as the heathen and publican.
---> "Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven
: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.
---> "(16) And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?
(17) Who said to him: Why ask you me concerning good? One is good, God. But if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
(18) He said to him: Which?
And Jesus said: You shall do no murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness.
(19) Honour your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
---> "But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming
---> "And being afraid, I went and hid your talent in the earth. Behold here you have that which is yours.
And his lord
answering, said to him:
Wicked and slothful servant
, you knew that I reap where I sow not and gather where I have not strewed. You ought therefore to have committed my money to the bankers
: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury... And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
---> "You ought
therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and
at my coming I should have received my own with usury.
---> "For this is my blood of the new testament
, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins."
---> "(19) Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world."
---> "A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight his paths.
---> "When she had heard of Jesus, came in the crowd behind him, and touched his garment
. For she said: If I shall touch but his garment, I shall be whole.
And forthwith the fountain of her blood was dried up
, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the evil
... And he said to her: Daughter, your faith has made you whole
: go in peace, and be you whole of your disease.
---> "For whosoever shall give you to drink a cup of water
in my name, because you belong to Christ: amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
---> "(17) And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man, running up and kneeling before him, asked him: Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting?
(18) And Jesus said to him:
Why call you me good? None is good but one, that is God. (19) You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do no fraud, honour your father and mother.
---> "And says to them: Go into the village that is over against you, and immediately at your coming in thither, you shall find a colt tied, upon which no man yet has sat. Loose him and bring him.
And if any man shall say to you: What are you doing? Say ye that the Lord has need of him.
And immediately he will let him come hither."
---> "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believes not shall he condemned
---> "But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
---> "And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son
, why have you done so to us? Behold your father and I have sought you sorrowing.
---> "And he
went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.
And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
---> "(4) As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
(5) Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways plain.
---> "(43) For there is no good tree that brings forth evil fruit
: nor an evil tree that brings forth good fruit. (44) For every tree is known by its fruit.
For men do not gather figs from thorns: nor from a bramble bush do they gather the grape."
---> "Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves
bags which grow not old, a treasure in Heaven which fails not: where no thief approaches, nor moth corrupts.
---> "(3) No, I say to you:
but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
(5) No, I say to you:
but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
---> "But he said to him: Son,
you are always with me; and all I have is yours.
---> "(18) And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life?
(19) And Jesus said to him:
Why do you call me good? None is good but God alone. (20) You know the commandments: You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery: You shall not steal: You shall not bear false witness: Honour your father and mother.
---> "Saying: Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever has sitten: loose him and bring him hither.
And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? You shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord has need of his service.
---> "(31) And the Lord said: Simon, Simon,
behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. (32) But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not***:
and you, being once converted, confirm*** your brethren.
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: "I (Jesus Christ) have prayed for you (Simon Peter) that your faith fail not"
Because prayer of Jesus Christ is always heard faith of Simon Peter alone and his successors cannot produce anything against faith;
however, Jesus Christ didn't take away freedom of will from Simon Peter and his successors because without freedom to chose between good and evil there is no human;
Thus this doesn't mean that Simon Peter and each of his successors called 'pope' cannot choose to abandon Christian faith and become unbelieving heretic or apostate: this only means that as long as they have Christian faith they shall produce without failure when
they will teach to confirm Christians by their firm
teachings; that's why Jesus Christ said "... that your faith
fail not: ... confirm your brethren." and didn't say
"... that you
fail not: ... confirm your brethren."!
"confirm your brethren"
How can anyone confirm others who himself isn't confirmed but shakes as dust in the wind?
This order of Jesus Christ to Simon Peter and to each of his successors called 'pope' to confirm brethren (Christians) i.e. their faith is the infallible proof of Simon Peter and each of his successors called 'pope' being confirmed in Christian faith (not
in possession of Christian faith or in their individual position in The Church (see little above)!) by the special grace of Jesus Christ. )
---> "This man went to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus
. And taking him down, he wrapped him in fine linen and laid
him in a sepulchre
that was hewed in stone, wherein never yet any man had been laid.
---> "He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord
, as said the prophet Isaias."
---> "(16) For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in him (IMPORTANT NOTE: NOT "believes him"!!) may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
(17) For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world: but that the world may be saved by him. (18) He that believes in him (IMPORTANT NOTE: NOT "believes him"!!) is not judged
. But he that does not believe is already judged: because he believes not in the name of the only begotten Son of God
. (19) And this is the judgment: Because the light is come into the world
and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. (20) For every one that does evil hates the light and comes not to the light
, that his works may not be reproved. (21) But he that does truth comes to the light, that his works may be made manifest: because they are done in God."
---> "I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
---> "If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever
: and the bread
that I will give
is my flesh
, for the life of the world."
---> "(30) When he spoke these things, many believed in him***
. (31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him***
: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: in 31st verse Protestant translations of The Bible have 'who believed in
him' instead of 'who believed him';
It is written: "He that believes in
the Son has life everlasting" (John 3:36);
In John 8:31 Jesus Christ says that these men who believed Him/believed in Him (to be resolved in the next line) shall be
His disciples so that at the moment of Jesus' speech they aren't
disciples of Jesus Christ;
Whoever has only the most basic knowledge of Christianity knows that it is absolutely impossible that Jesus Christ has given life everlasting to those who aren't His disciples and exactly that impossibility would have been the result of combination of John 3:36 and John 8:31 if in John 8:31 had really been written 'who believed in him';
thus 'who believed in
him' in John 8:31 is definitely wrong and it must be 'who believed him';
the reason for this Protestant mistranslation of John 8:31 is simple: correct translation 'who believed him' in John 8:31 directly proves that faith alone (believing Jesus Christ) absolutely isn't sufficient that one be a disciple of Jesus Christ. NOTE
that "faith alone isn't sufficient for salvation" ISN'T
the same as "salvation by faith alone"
---> "If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love
: as I also have kept my Father's commandments and do abide in his love."
---> "Now there was in the place where he was crucified a garden: and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein no man yet had been laid. There
, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus
: because the sepulchre was nigh at hand."
---> "Then he said to Thomas: Put in your finger hither and see my hands. And bring hither the hand and put it into my side. And be not faithless, but believing.
---> "(30) Many other signs also did Jesus in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book.
(31) But these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing, you may have life in his name."
---> "(15) When therefore they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, love you me more than these? He says to him: Yea, Lord, you know that I love you. He says to him: Feed my lambs. (16) He says to him again: Simon, son of John, love you me? He says to him: yea, Lord, you know that I love you. He says to him: Feed my lambs. (17) He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, love you me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Love you me? And he said to him: Lord, you know all things: you know that I love you. He said to him: Feed my sheep."
: It is well-known that Jesus thrice denied The Lord Jesus Christ: so some humans claim that all
that this passage says is blotting out the Simon Peter's triple denial of The Lord;
If so, the question arises: why after asking Simon Peter whether he loves Him and getting the reply from him Jesus Christ each time told Simon Peter to feed His lambs and sheep? Couldn't Jesus have asked Simon Peter whether he loved Him without these statements about feeding His flock? Obviously He could have done so.
Thus it is a lie that all
that this passage says is restoration of Simon Peter after his triple denial of The Lord: this passage is about that and
about one man who shall take care of the whole Jesus' flock: The Church (see here
---> "But there are also many other things which Jesus did which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written.
---> "(37) Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do
, men and brethren? (38) But Peter said
to them: Do penance: and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(39) For the promise is to you and to your children and
to all that are far off
, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call."
---> "(27) And rising up, he went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch, of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge over all her treasures
, had come to Jerusalem to adore. (28) And he was returning, sitting in his chariot and reading Isaias the prophet.
(29) And the Spirit said to Philip: Go near and join yourself to this chariot.
(30) And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias.
And he said: Think you that you understand what you read?
(31) Who said: And how can I, unless some man show me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
---> "(1) And there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion
of that which is called the Italian band: (2) A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people and always praying to God
. (3) This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God
coming in unto him and saying to him: Cornelius.
(4) And he, beholding him. being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Your prayers and your alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God.
(5) And now send men to Joppe: and call hither one Simon, who is surnamed Peter.
(6) He lodges with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side. He will tell you what you must do
---> "(34) And Peter opening his mouth, said: in very deed I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons. (35) But in every nation, he that fears him and works justice is acceptable to him
---> "(44) While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word.
(45) And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished for that the grace of the Holy Ghost
was poured out upon the Gentiles also."
---> "Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should
not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we
---> "But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved
, in like manner as they also.
---> "(10) But the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. Who, when they were come thither, went into the synagogue of the Jews
. (11) Now these were more noble
than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness
, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so.
(12) And many indeed of them believed
: and of honourable women that were Gentiles and of men, not a few."
---> "That they should seek God,
if haply they may feel after him or find him, although he be not far from every one of us. For in him we
live and move and are
: as some also of your own poets said: For we are also his offspring."
---> "Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost has placed you bishops, to rule the Church of God
which he has purchased with his own blood."
---> "As it is written: There is not any man just.
---> "Because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified before him.
For by the law is the knowledge of sin.
---> "For all have sinned and do need the glory of God.
---> "(24) Being justified freely by his grace (note: this is 3.!), through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (note: this is 1.!)
, (25) Whom God has proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood (note: this is 2.!)
, to the shewing of his justice, for the remission of former sins (note: this is the point of justification!)
---> "Where is then your boasting? It is excluded. By what law? Of works?
No, but by the law of faith.
---> "For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law.
---> "For what says the scripture? Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him unto***
---> "Now to him that works, the reward is not
reckoned according to grace but
according to debt.
---> "But to him that works not
, yet believes in him that justifies
the ungodly, his faith is reputed to***
justice, according***** to the purpose of the grace of God."
*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: this rendering, "unto/to", correspond to Greek word eis
which is written in the original Greek text of Romans 4:3 and Romans 4:5 that is here transliterated from Greek alphabet
this is of key importance since Protestant translations render 'eis' as 'as' or 'for' which rendering doesn't correspond to the meaning of Greek 'eis' and completely changes the meaning of the expression: correct expression "his faith is reputed to
justice" of Romans 4:5 is of quite a different meaning than incorrect expression "his faith is reputed as/for
because incorrect expression "his faith is reputed as/for
justice" means that faith alone justifies as if justice had been in faith and had come OF FAITH ALONE
while correct expression "his faith is reputed to
justice" says that faith alone leads to justice i.e. that BY FAITH ALONE
thus incorrect rendering of Romans 4:3 and Romans 4:5 has misled many into the most dangerous error: to believe that faith alone justifies as if it were the same as that that grace alone through/by faith alone justifies (more about this here
***** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: This part "according to the purpose of the grace of God" changes nothing in the meaning of the verse but somehow isn't in the Greek or Latin text that I have found for this verse
---> "As David also terms the blessedness of a man to whom God reputes justice without works:"
---> "(1) Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ
: (2) by whom also we have access through faith into this grace wherein we stand
: and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God."
---> "Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world
and by sin death: and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned.
---> "For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners
: so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just."
---> "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace
---> "Therefore, brethren,
we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live.
1 Corinthians 3:15
---> "If any mans work burn, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.
1 Corinthians 4:15
---> "For if you have
ten thousand instructors in Christ
, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you.
1 Corinthians 9:8-9
---> "(8) Speak I these things according to man? Or does not the law also say these things? (9) For it is written in the law of Moses
: You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. Does God take care for oxen?"
1 Corinthians 9:14
---> "So also the Lord ordained
that they who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.
1 Corinthians 10:5
---> "But with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the desert.
1 Corinthians 10:9-10
---> "Neither let us tempt Christ
, as some
of them tempted and perished
by the serpent. Neither do you murmur
, as some
of them murmured and were destroyed
by the destroyer."
1 Corinthians 10:12
---> "Wherefore, he that thinks himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall.
1 Corinthians 11:20
---> "When you come therefore together into one place, it is not now to eat the Lord's supper
1 Corinthians 12:13-14
---> "(13) For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free
: and in one Spirit we have all been made to drink. (14) For the body also is not one member, but many.
1 Corinthians 12:27
---> "Now you are the body of Christ and members
1 Corinthians 15:4-5
---> "(4) And that he was buried: and that he rose again according to the scriptures
: (5) And that he was seen by Cephas***, and after that*** by the eleven.
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: The Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, chose to appear to Simon Peter (Cephas) first and then to all of the Twelve Apostles, Simon Peter included, minus Apostle Judas Iscariot, the traitor of Jesus who murdered himself.
Why Jesus Christ chose to do such thing for the second
time? In the same way as the first time
he clearly shows that:
- Only Simon Peter and each of his successors ranks before the College of The Twelve Apostles and their successors;
- Only Simon Peter and each of his successors is alone equal to the College of The Twelve Apostles and their successors (because Apostle Matthias replaced Judas Iscariot).
Necessarily follows: Only Simon Peter and each of his successors called 'pope' is alone the pastor of The Church (on behalf of Jesus Christ, The High Pastor of The Church), and of all
Its Churches and of all Christians, not only the first among the equal (if Simon Peter had been the first among the equal The Resurrected One, Jesus Christ, would have appeared to him first but only once and then to the rest of The Eleven Apostles without him, and not as happened). )
1 Corinthians 15:9,11
---> "(9) For I am the least of the apostles
, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God ... (11) For whether I or they, so we preach
: and so you have believed."
1 Corinthians 15:10-11
---> "But by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his grace in me has not been void:
but I have laboured more abundantly than all they. Yet not I, but the grace of God with me
: For whether I or they, so we preach: and so you have believed.
2 Corinthians 2:17
---> "For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God
: but with sincerity: but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak."
2 Corinthians 7:10
---> "For the sorrow that is according to God works penance, steadfast unto salvation
: but the sorrow of the world works death."
2 Corinthians 9:7
---> "Every one as he has determined in his heart, not with sadness or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
---> "Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter***
: and I tarried with him fifteen days."
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: an intelligent reader will immediately ask himself: "why Apostle Paul went to see Simon Peter, not The Twelve Apostles or at least some of them?";
The reply is pretty obvious: Simon Peter must have had something
that none of the other Apostles or more of them had.
"What is that special something?" The reply is here
"Then why is Simon Peter mentioned only second in Galatians 2:9
?". Because Apostle James was the bishop of Jerusalem at the time when Apostle Simon Peter was there and Apostle Paul came to see the latter and it is a good custom to mention the host first. )
---> "And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars
, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship: that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision:"
---> "And I live, now not I: but Christ lives in me.
And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself for me."
---> "Bear ye one another's burdens: and so you shall fulfil the law of Christ
---> "And he has subjected all things under his feet and has made him head over all the church, Which is his body
and the fulness of him who is filled all in all."
---> "And has raised us up
together and has made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.
---> "(8) For by grace you are saved through faith:
and that not of yourselves
, for it is the gift of God. (9) Not of works
, that no man may glory.
---> "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works
, which God has prepared that we should walk in them."
---> "One Lord, one faith
, one baptism."
---> "Therefore, take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day
and to stand in all things perfect."
---> "Wherefore, my dearly beloved
, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.
For it is God who works in you
, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will."
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
---> "Extinguish not the spirit. Despise not prophecies.
But prove all things: hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:25
---> "Brethren, pray for us.
2 Thessalonians 2:14
---> "Therefore, brethren, stand fast: and hold the traditions, which you have learned
, whether by word or
by our epistle.
2 Thessalonians 3:6
---> "And we charge*** you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw*** yourselves from every brother walking
disorderly and not according to the tradition which they have received of us.
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: In Thessalonians 2:14
The Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul says that there are the written traditions and the oral traditions while in this verse He mentions the tradition only and charges all Christians to withdraw themselves from all those who don't walk according to the tradition.
Necessarily follows that both the written and the oral traditions make the tradition and that The Holy Spirit charges all Christians to withdraw themselves from all those who don't walk according to the written traditions or according to the oral traditions or according to both.
If anyone claims that all the oral traditions of early Christianity were from The Old Testament Scriptures of The Bible then here you can see how resoundingly wrong that claim is
1 Timothy 2:3-4
---> "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour
, Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:5
---> "For there is
one God: and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus
1 Timothy 3:5
---> "But if a man
know not how to rule his own house, how shall
he take care of the church of God
1 Timothy 3:15
---> "But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God
, which is the church
of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
1 Timothy 5:8
---> "But if any man have not care of his own
and especially of those of his house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.
2 Timothy 3:15
---> "And because from your infancy you have known the holy scriptures which can instruct you to salvation by the faith which is in Christ Jesus
---> "And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, says the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts and on their minds will I write them
---> "But without faith it is impossible to please God.
For he that comes to God must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him."
---> "Hearken, my dearest brethren: Has not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith
and heirs of the kingdom which God has promised to them that love him?"
---> "If then you fulfil the royal law
, according to the scriptures: You shall love your neighbour as yourself; you do well."
---> "For he that said: You shall not commit adultery, said also: You shall not kill. Now if you do not commit adultery, but shall kill, you are become a transgressor of the law
---> "So speak ye and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty
---> "What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works
? Shall faith be able to save him?
---> "But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works. Shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by*** works, my faith.
---> "Was not Abraham our father justified by*** works
, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar?"
---> "Seest thou that faith did cooperate with his works and by*** works faith was made perfect
---> "And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed***** to him to justice
, and he was called the friend of God."
---> "Do you see that by works a man is justified
, and not by faith only
(*** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: this rendering, "by", in James 2:18, James 2:21, James 2:22 and James 2:24 doesn't correspond to Greek word ek / ex
which is written in the original Greek text of James 2:18, James 2:21, James 2:22 and James 2:24 that is here transliterated from Greek alphabet
this "by" mistranslation of Apostle James' words is the sole cause of the made-up contradiction between James 2:24
and Romans 3:28
and Romans 4:5
which doesn't exist in true texts and of great confusion and errors regarding these texts among The Bible readers;
the use of expression 'of faith' instead of customary 'by faith' in James 2:24 is of key importance since it proves that intention of Apostle James wasn't to specify the exact relations of faith and of works towards justification but only to tell general relations: that faith (Christian faith) is necessary for justification and, due to the very same expression, works also. )
(***** - IMPORTANT NOTE
: this italicized quote in James 2:23 above is the same quote Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 4:3, 4:22 etc. in Romans 4 and in Galatians 3:6;
this proves that doctrine of Apostle Paul in Romans 3:28, Romans 4:5 and of course Ephesians 2:8-9 and of Apostle James in James 2:14, James 2:21, James 2:24 and James 2:26 is one and the same doctrine. )
---> "For even as the body without the spirit is dead: so also faith without works is dead.
---> "To him therefore who knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin.
1 Peter 4:18
---> "And if the just man shall scarcely be saved
, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
2 Peter 3:15-16
---> "And account the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our most dear brother Paul
, according to the wisdom given him, has written to you: as also in all his epistles
, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
1 John 2:3-4
---> "(3) And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.
(4) He who says that he knows him and keeps not his commandments is a liar: and the truth is not in him.
1 John 5:3
---> "For this is the charity of God: That we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not heavy.
1 John 5:16-17
---> "He that knows his brother to sin a sin which is not to death,
let him ask: and life shall be given to him who sins not to death. There is a sin unto death.
For that I say not that any man ask. All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death.
---> "He that hurts, let him hurt still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is just, let him be justified still
: and he that is holy, let him be sanctified still.