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Peter Do You Love Me

Folks, when Jesus was asking Peter, "Peter do you love me" and he asked him 3 times, why do you think he kept asking him over and over? I'm not really sure, so I'm open to hearing the truth.

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From what I understand, the word "love" is used in two different ways there. If you read it in the Greek, Jesus asked Peter twice, "Peter do you love (Gr.25 agapao) Me?" and Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love (Gr.5368 phileo or brotherly love) You." Again, Jesus asks the question and Peter answers with the same.
---Linda6563 on 10/26/07


It is thought that He asked him 3 times, once for each time he denied Jesus.
---Bruce5656 on 4/8/07


Linda's right on this. Our pastor just taught about that a few Sundays ago. I never understood it either until then.
---Lissa on 5/2/06


I believe the bottom line is that Peter still did not know covenant love. He was still, in a way, functioning in the same light he had when Jesus asked him, "Who do you say that I am." After Peter answers and Jesus says all that He does, Peter then denies that Jesus would die and rise again. Jesus then calls him Satan. The person and the work of Christ go hand in hand and you cannot have one without the other.
---Linda6563 on 5/2/06


I am going to have to go back and read John 21 again. There is so much more there than what I have already said.
---Linda6563 on 5/2/06




Jesus told him that if He would that he tarry till I come again, then what is that to you?" As we know, John did tarry till Jesus came. Jesus came (appeared,) to John on the Isle of Patmos. Then Peter went out telling that John would never die even though Jesus didn't ever say that. "Patmos" means "my killing" so when John received the revelation of Jesus Christ, he was on the isle of his killing. In other words, he was identifying with the death by eating from the table.
---Linda6563 on 5/2/06


Peter did not yet understand covenant (agapao) love, only brotherly (phileo) love. I believe that has everything to do with the death that Peter died to glorify God. If he had gotten hold of the death of Jesus in covenant love, he wouldn't have had to die that way. Just my honest opinion there so don't quote me on it. If you notice, right after Jesus tells Peter to follow Him, Peter looks back at the disciple Jesus loved (agapao Gr.25) and asked, "What about him?"
---Linda6563 on 5/2/06


The third time, Jesus uses the same Greek word for love (Gr.5368 phileo) instead of the Greek word for love (Gr.25 agapao) and Peter answers, "Lord, You know all things and You know that I love (Gr.5368 phileo) Thee." It was the third time when Jesus used the Greek word "phileo" that Peter was grieved. I believe that what Jesus was searching for was Peter's heart, where he was in his understanding of the work of Christ.
---Linda6563 on 5/2/06


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