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    Alexander MacLeod Symington
Excerpt from book: LECTURE THIRD. SIMON, SURNAMED PETER. Matthew xvi. 13-20. Mark viii. 27-30. Luke ix. 18-21. John vi. 66-69. Ver. 15-18.—"He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Ana " Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of " the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed " art thou, Simon Barjona: for Jlesh and blood liaih not revealed " it unto ihee, but .my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto " ihee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my " church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." If Andrew has, as we have seen, good claims to be set first in order among the Apostles, Peter stands next to him even in that respect, and far above him in respect of work and distinction,—above all the other Apostles indeed, Paul alone excepted, and even he rather succeeded to Peter than eclipsed him. We closed the last lecture with a reflection on how great results flowed from Andrew's prompt and earnest zeal in bringing Peter to Jesus: but now, when we begin to look at these results, Andrew, who was in one very important sense the originator of them all, must be almost lost sight of. The holy record says, "Andrewfirst findeth bis own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messias, which is being interpreted, the Christ, and he brought him to Jesus:" but these are only a few words, and when one has paused over them in thought for a little, he must go on to read, "When Jesus beheld him he said, thou art Simon, the son of Jonas: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is, by interpretation, a stone." We may not linger over the character of the plain, quiet, earnest man, but must follow the record as it tells us how one of far different qualities,—qualities the reverse of plain, and that would not allow of...   show more
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