217 Confession of St Peter
Sentence: Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. John 6:68-69
Collect: Almighty God, who inspired Simon Peter to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."
Psalm 145:1-13 APBA p 375
1. I will exalt you, O God my king:
I will bless your name for ever and ever.
2. Every day will I bless you:
and praise your name for ever and ever.
3. Great is the LORD, and wonderfully worthy to be praised:
his greatness is past searching out.
4. One generation shall praise your works to another:
and declare your mighty acts.
5. As for me, I will be talking of the glorious splendour of your majesty:
I will tell the story of your marvellous works.
6. All people shall speak of the power of your terrible deeds:
and I will proclaim your greatness.
7. Their lips shall flow with the remembrance of your abundant goodness:
they shall shout for joy at your righteousness.
8. The LORD is gracious and compassionate:
slow to anger and of great goodness.
9. The LORD is loving to every one of us:
and his mercy is over all his works.
10. All creation praises you; O LORD:
and your faithful servants bless your name.
11. They speak of the glory of your kingdom:
and tell of your great might.
12. That the whole earth may know your mighty acts:
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom:
and your dominion endures through all generations.
When the apostles saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognised the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do. But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned; for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction. And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?" We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."