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Peter’s second and third denials

My column this week is from John 18:19-27, where “The High Priest Questions Jesus” and “Peter’s Second and Third Denials.” Verse 19 – Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about His disciples and His teaching. These were not legal questions asked by the high priest since witnesses were supposed to be brought in first to establish guilt. The accused was not required to prove His innocence. Perhaps Annas regarded this as a preliminary inquiry, not a trial. Verses 20, 21 – “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where …

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Jesus prays for all believers

My column this week is from John 17:20-26, “Jesus Prays for All Believers.” Verse 20 – “My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message.” As you may recall, last week Jesus prayed for His disciples. Jesus says: I pray also for those who will believe in Me.” He had just spoken of the mission and the sanctification of His followers (John 17:18-19). Jesus was confident that they would spread the gospel, and He prayed for those who would believe as a result. All future believers are included in …

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