Matthew 16:21-23

(21) From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. (22) Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. (23) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Interesting. Peter meant absolutely well, but Jesus rebuked Satan for using Peter. How often did we meant well, yet turned horribly wrong? God said “8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8-9

We are weak, but God is strong and compassionate. During the last supper, Jesus told Peter “ 31 ¶ And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:  32But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Luke 22:31-32.

Interesting… why did Jesus told Peter when thou art converted? Does that mean at the point of, Peter is not converted yet? What is converted?

LAB commented “But Jesus assures Peter that his faith, although it will falter, would not be destroyed. It would be renewed, and Peter will become a powerful leader.”

What does converted here means? Other bible translations gives more insight.

New International Version (©1984)
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

New Living Translation (©2007)
But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

Amplified Bible
32But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.

Strong’s Number: 1994


  • to turn to
  • to the worship of the true God
  • to cause to return, to bring back
  • to the love and obedience of God
  • to the love for the children
  • to love wisdom and righteousness


  • to turn to one’s self
  • to turn one’s self about, turn back
  • to return, turn back, come back

King James Word Usage – Total: 39

turn 16, be converted 6, return 6, turn about 4, turn again 3, miscellaneous 4

Another reference for the same word:

Greek 1994



ep-ee-stref’-o from 1909 and 4762;

to revert (literally, figuratively or morally):–come (go) again, convert, (re-)turn (about, again).

Dictionary defination:

con·vert·ed /kənˈvɜrtɪd/ [kuhn-vur-tid]


1. noting a specified type of person who has been converted from the religion, beliefs, or attitudes characteristic of that type: a converted Christian; a converted thief.

2. noting anything, formerly of the type specified, that has been converted to something else: His yacht is a converted destroyer escort.

My thoughts when I read Luke 22:32 was “Hasn’t Peter been a convert to Jesus yet?” I think the point here is now clear. The “convert” mentioned by Jesus does not mean that, but instead “grow from strength to strength” Peter is known to be a rash person, no doubt good. Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools. —Ecclesiastes 7:9

Application take away from today’s study?

  1. God knows all about you
  2. Jesus intercedes and prayed for you even in your unawareness, and before it happened.
  3. Each time we fall, we get up and become stronger (does not mean purposely fall, that’s foolish)
  4. Godly repentance leads to wisdom.
  5. Satan is constantly sifting us (ESPECIALLY US IN CHRIST)
  6. Satan savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men
  7. Yes, the interesting “converted” word.

~ by ymsim on 2010/10/10.

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