Peter was on the rooftop receiving revelation. The revelation came down from heaven – (all revelation does). Peter saw a sheet with unclean animals upon it. God instructed Peter to rise, slay, and eat. This revelation was revealing that the gospel was going to spread to the gentiles. Gentiles were going to receive the opportunity to know the Lord and receive His salvation.
This revelation challenged Peter’s prejudice’s (most revelation does). This revelation introduced a new paradigm (most revelation does). This revelation enforced a gospel principle (most revelation does). This revelation required new perception (most revelation does).
Simon Peter’s answered this challenge from God with a giant contradiction. Acts 10:14 – But Peter said, Not so, Lord.
It is impossible to combine the declarations, Not so and Lord, and create an accurate sentence. You either say “not so”, or you call Him “Lord”. Because actually what these 2 statements represent, are 2 totally different ways of living.
- You have taken Jesus on as a good buddy: (friends with benefits).
- As long as the word directs you in a path that you agree with, you will walk therein.
- If the bible challenges your personal preferences, you call that particular section un-relevant.
- Sometimes with good intentions you decide that you will obey – but later.
- Generally you end up disgruntled with the ministry. Perhaps you even get sideways with the church, and go find a different church that meets your particular needs – for now.
- Jesus is your Savior, but not your Lord.
- Jesus saved you, but not your wallet.
- There is a gap between how you worship on Sundays, and how you walk the rest of the week.
- You have surrendered your will and your ways to God.
- Your life is not your own anymore, but you live your life for Him.
- The bible will challenge you to change, it won’t feel good, but you’ll ultimately do it.
- Submission is produced through people that surrendered to the ways of God – forsaking their own.
- These types of disciples say “yes” and then ask, “What is the question?”
Peter’s process back to Lordship:
- Jesus rebukes Peter with His word.
- Peter receives this rebuke humbly.
- Peter completely obeys the word of God.
- Peter proceeds forward, refusing to doubt God.
- Finally, Peter can proclaim, “Jesus is Lord of all.”