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Satan and Christ Vie for Faith
Luke 22:31-32
Jesus' prayer reveals the intent of Satan, the desire of Christ, and the confidence Christ had in His prayer.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-09-11 12:19:38
2010-05-21 09:33:16
Jesus' prayer reveals the intent of Satan, the desire of Christ, and the confidence Christ had in His prayer. 1. The Intent of Satan: Destroy the Disciples' Faith The word ὑμᾶς indicates that Satan had each of the disciples in mind. He was attacking their faith collectively. Christ is praying for Peter's faith to remain or not give out. This indicates that Satan's sifting them like wheat is the attempt to seperate them from their faith or destroy their faith. In reality every time we choose to sin, we are having a crisis of faith. We are lacking faith in either: what God says about sin (it is wrong), the consequences of sin (it will hurt us), or the punishment for sin (either our own punishment or Christ's on the cross is/was required). 2. The Desire of Christ: Preserve the Disciples' Faith Through Peter The transition to the word σοῦ throughout the passage (as well as the direct address "Simon, Simon") indicates that Christ no longer speaking about the disciples as a group but rather only Peter. Christ was praying for him personally. This is not to say that He doesn't have all the disciples in mind however: Peter is going to be the instrument of Christ to preserve the faith of his fellow disciples, ( strengthen the brothers ). It is interesting that Christ is speaking directly to and praying directly for only one but with the intent of perserving the whole. God still works this way in His church today. We, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members of one another. Since we each have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each excercise them accordingly. -Romans 12:5,6 3. The Confidence Christ had in His Prayer: A Temporal Command "And when you return" indicates a certainty in Peter's fall. Christ knows that Satan will succeed to some degree. But it also indicates a certainty in Peter's return. The fact that Christ's command is only applicable at the time of Peter's return idicates that Christ is sure that Peter will in fact return. Failure doesn't mean defeat. Christ is infinate in His ability to restore a faltering believer. QUESTIONS When exactly is the falling away of Peter's faith and the restoration of it? Peter falters at the denial, but sees (and is blessed by) Christ in John 20:19ff. Yet Peter seems to have another faltering moment and restoration in John 21.
10000000012117 12117 Notes 2009-09-11 12:19:38 2010-05-21 09:33:16 Jesus' prayer reveals the intent of Satan, the desire of Christ, and the confidence Christ had in His prayer. 1. The Intent of Satan: Destroy the Disciples' Faith The word ὑμᾶς indicates that Satan had each of the disciples in mind. He was attacking their faith collectively. Christ is praying for Peter's faith to remain or not give out. This indicates that Satan's sifting them like wheat is the attempt to seperate them from their faith or destroy their faith. In reality every time we choose to sin, we are having a crisis of faith. We are lacking faith in either: what God says about sin (it is wrong), the consequences of sin (it will hurt us), or the punishment for sin (either our own punishment or Christ's on the cross is/was required). 2. The Desire of Christ: Preserve the Disciples' Faith Through Peter The transition to the word σοῦ throughout the passage (as well as the direct address "Simon, Simon") indicates that Christ no longer speaking about the disciples as a group but rather only Peter. Christ was praying for him personally. This is not to say that He doesn't have all the disciples in mind however: Peter is going to be the instrument of Christ to preserve the faith of his fellow disciples, ( strengthen the brothers ). It is interesting that Christ is speaking directly to and praying directly for only one but with the intent of perserving the whole. God still works this way in His church today. We, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members of one another. Since we each have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each excercise them accordingly. -Romans 12:5,6 3. The Confidence Christ had in His Prayer: A Temporal Command "And when you return" indicates a certainty in Peter's fall. Christ knows that Satan will succeed to some degree. But it also indicates a certainty in Peter's return. The fact that Christ's command is only applicable at the time of Peter's return idicates that Christ is sure that Peter will in fact return. Failure doesn't mean defeat. Christ is infinate in His ability to restore a faltering believer. QUESTIONS When exactly is the falling away of Peter's faith and the restoration of it? Peter falters at the denial, but sees (and is blessed by) Christ in John 20:19ff. Yet Peter seems to have another faltering moment and restoration in John 21. notes
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Luke 22:31-32
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Σίμων Σίμων, ἰδοὺ ὁ σατανᾶς ἐξῃτήσατο ὑμᾶς
Simon Simon, look, Satan has demanded you men,
τοῦ σινιάσαι ὡς τὸν σῖτον·
to sift you guys like wheat,
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ἐγὼ δὲ ἐδεήθην περὶ σοῦ
But I have prayed concerning you,
ἵνα μὴ ἐκλίπῃ ἡ πίστις σου.
in order that your faith won't give out ,
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καὶ σύ ποτε ἐπιστρέψας
and you , at the time of your returning,
στήρισον τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου.
strengthen your brothers.
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10000000012117 12117 Arc 2009-09-11 12:19:38 2010-05-21 09:33:16 editing Luke 22 31 22 32 Luke 22:31-32 42 NT tisch mine i187473 i187474 i187475 i187467 Σίμων Σίμων, ἰδοὺ ὁ σατανᾶς ἐξῃτήσατο ὑμᾶς Simon Simon, look, Satan has demanded you men, i187468 τοῦ σινιάσαι ὡς τὸν σῖτον· to sift you guys like wheat, ideaexplanation 1 i187476 i187469 ἐγὼ δὲ ἐδεήθην περὶ σοῦ But I have prayed concerning you, i187470 ἵνα μὴ ἐκλίπῃ ἡ πίστις σου. in order that your faith won't give out , actionpurpose 2 negativepositive 2 i187477 i187471 καὶ σύ ποτε ἐπιστρέψας and you , at the time of your returning, i187472 στήρισον τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου. strengthen your brothers. temporal 1 1 progression 1 1 1 tisch 25 mine 25 a 50 discourse
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