Glory Hallelujah! For those who believe and serve God in Spirit and in truth; ALL things will work together for good, Amen.
Very solemnly, I am reminded of St. Peter who was sentenced to death, he refused to be crucified like Christ. They hung him upside down. He knew Where he was headed, Amen. A moment/period of agony for an eternity of bliss; AT The Table!
The tradition that Peter was executed began with the reference to the form of his death in John chapter 21, in which Jesus told Peter, “I assure you: When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow older, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where dou don’t want to go.” John reported, (probably after Peter died) “He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God.” So the idea that Peter was crucified (stretch out your hands) came from John, but this does not include the location or the physical position of his crucifixion.
Eusebius (AD 325) claimed in his Ecclesiastical History that all the apostles were martyred except for John . The evidence for some of these is very spotty, but the number, variety and quality of testimony to the martyrdom of Peter and Paul in Rome is sufficient that I think we can reasonably say that most likely this is how they died.
The early church fathers are unanimous in claiming that Peter died in Rome, by crucifixion, during the persecution of Nero in AD 64. As for crucifixion upside down, that is also testified to, but the evidence is weaker for this particular form of crucifixion. The apocryphal Acts of Peter is the earliest reference to crucifixion of Peter upside down. The earliest reference to the martyrdom of Peter comes from the letter of Clement of Rome (about AD 90). He said, in his Letter to the Corinthians, “Let us take the noble examples of our own generation. Through jealousy and envy the greatest and most just pillars of the Church were persecuted, and came even unto death… Peter, through unjust envy, endured not one or two but many labours, and at last, having delivered his testimony, departed unto the place of glory due to him.” Not much there as to the means or location of his death, but that it was an execution is clearly implied. Ignatius, in his Letter to the Romans about AD 110 claimed that Peter was bishop of Rome. Irenaeus of Lyon, about AD 180, agrees that Peter served in Rome. Tertullian, about AD 195 declared “But if you are near Italy, you have Rome, where authority is at hand for us too. What a happy church that is, on which the apostles poured out their whole doctrine with their blood; where Peter had a passion like that of the Lord, where Paul was crowned with the death of John (the Baptist, ie. by being beheaded).
We may seek to confirm the modes of death of the apostles, see below:
We are ALL born for a reason! As shared every individual has their time and reason among Man.
Birth, a reason Amen! Jesus – The Son of God said: “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him. But woe to that man who betrays The Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24 (Mark 14:16, 21). Jesus Knew, He could have avoided His death; His purpose yet He marched bravely on! Glory!!!
We are known before we are born. Our path laid out! We have a decision to make. Amazingly, the time is known. All you see and hear is pre-programmed. It is amazing to realise that the path has been set we tread it as we see fit.
Here are 7 Bible verses that speak about God’s direction in our lives and the paths that lead to eternal life.
The Paths of God’s Direction
The word “direction” is not used as much in the Bible within the context of this article that speaks about God’s direction as much as the word path does so these verses, although they’re about God’s direction, they are more often called the paths but either way, God’s direction is typically mentioned as God’s paths and that’s the best way to go for sure.
Psalm 23:2-3 “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
God is our Good Shepherd and He is the One Who leads us beside the still waters and restores (revives or makes alive) our soul and then He leads us in the right path; the path of righteousness which is found in Christ alone (Acts 4:12). Want to find the path to eternal life? Trust in Christ. Follow your own way and it leads to destruction (Rev 20:12-15).
Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
If we acknowledge God in all of our ways He will make sure to straighten the crooked paths of life and there are plenty of paths out there that are crooked. Only God can make straight the crooked as Isaiah wrote “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron” (45:2).
Psalm 25:10 “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
My paths are hazardous when I decide to choose my own ways but “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness” but this is only for “those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Is that you? If not, then you’re going to need more than a good flashlight to illuminate the dark, twisting, dangerous paths of life and I won’t be following you, that’s for sure!
Isaiah 26:7 “The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.”
I’ve done my fair share of hiking and one year in Colorado I came across some very level paths. These were the same paths that the mountain goats had used for years and that’s the path that I stayed on because they were a lot more level than those that went up or down from there. The path that is level is the way of the righteous and the right path that leads to eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Psalm 17:6 “My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.”
The last time I went hiking I wore some heavy duty hiking boots. They were much safer than tennis shoes because you didn’t slip with these on as easily and in the mountains, if you slip, it’s a long, long way down. If my feet hold fast to the paths that lay before me that God has ordered for me to step in, my feet too will not slip. All other slopes outside of His paths are a slippery slope for sure.
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
The reference again to hiking was when I went on a nature trail and it was getting dark and it was getting hard to see the path. The group that I went with didn’t think to bring flashlights but the guide had the common sense and experience to know to bring a flashlight. Without that light to light our path, we could have easily lost the path and taken a fall and even gotten lost in the dark. The Word of God is like having lamps on our boots; they light the path at every step we take keeping us safe from harm. That’s what the psalmist referred to in writing “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.”
The path that is enlightened by the dawn is one that will continually shine brighter and brighter as the day progresses. So too is the path of righteousness. The hazards like rocks, holes, and even snakes can be avoided by the light of His righteousness for we who have trusted in Christ walk no more in darkness.
We could go on endlessly, you have a path! Find it, follow it, live it!