Let's look at the Stages of Spiritual Decline:
1. Stage number one is pride. Simon had a pride problem. Pride means focus on self. Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of your own dignity, comportment, or superiority. You are full of pride when you are so focused on yourself that you think everybody's thinking about you.
"You will all fall away... (Mark 14:27)."
Peter says, "Even if all fall away, I will not...(Mark 14:29)."
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 16:18)."
How does someone who loves Jesus so much deny him? Jesus calls Peter "Rock", because Christ saw him as being rock solid. Peter didn't fall in love with the doctrinal presuppositions. He fell in love with what Christ said he would become.
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