History and tradition records that the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down upon a Roman cross. He supposedly died at the hand of the Roman Emperor Nero by crucifixion. Feeling unworthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ, Simon Peter requested to be hung upside down during his crucifixion.
Is this fact or fiction?
Could the historical writings of early Church fathers be incorrect? Could it be that his death by crucifixion was fabricated to accomplish some other purpose?
What does the Bible say?
As a matter of fact, the Bible does NOT agree with this commonly accepted view that the Apostle Peter was crucified. In this article, the record of his death is examined and a different event is observed.
If indeed the Word of God is inspired and if it is interpreted correctly, then the true Biblical record of his death trumps the writings of our early Church fathers...
If the Apostle Peter was not crucified, then exactly how did he die? We find the answer from the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament Gospel of John - - -
This He (Jesus) spoke, signifying by what DEATH he (Peter) would glorify God...
Jesus told Peter in advance how he would die - - -
Our Identification with Peter
Every Christian loves the Apostle Peter because each can easily identify with him. Regardless of your personality, you will find an event in Peter's life throughout the pages of scripture that one time or another relates to you.
At times he was bold - - -
Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
At times he was afraid - - -
29) So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
30) But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
At times he was inappropriate - - -
Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
At times he was a learned disciple - - -
Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
At times he was faithless - - -
Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, "You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
It is for these reasons that we long for a biography of the people we love including their birth, their life, and their death.
In this E-Book "Death of the Apostle Peter" the death of the Apostle Peter is examined in light of the scripture as we examine - - -
- The Death of the Apostle Peter
- The Death of Jesus Christ
- Comparison of Jesus' Death with Peter's Death
- Peter's death in his own words
- Peter's near death experience
- Apostle John's Testimony
After reading and understanding our Lord's prophecy concerning the Apostle Peter's death, we can arrive at an accurate scenario as to how our beloved Apostle Peter died.
In another epistle written by Peter himself, he refers to his impending death. Again his manner of death agrees with the prophecy of Jesus..
The death of the Apostle Peter has application to Christians today. This is why it is important why Jesus told how he would die. The Death and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ upon a Roman Cross provides salvation to us. But Peter's death reveals our hope, encouragement, and purpose to face death in accordance with God's will.
Was the Apostle Peter crucified?
Was he crucified upside down?
After reading this E-Book, you will know - - -
- How Peter died
- Whether common historical tradition was right or wrong
- What his death means to you
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