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Trying to dispute Peter’s primacy, Protestants are usually trying to say that other Apostles had the same authority as Peter, i. e. - Peter was not alone ‘‘the head’’, but all 12 Apostles collectively. Based on following sentances:
‘‘James, Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognised the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews.’’ (Gal 2,9)
The 11 Apostles in union with Peter are infallible. The authority was given to Peter first in Matthew 16:18 and then the same authority was given the Apostles in Matthew 18:16-20.
‘’ When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.’’ (Gal 2,11)
Well, Peter did not taught what he practiced. Peter in Acts of the Apostles (see Acts of the Apostle Chapter 15 verse 1-41. In verse 12 the assembly fell silence after Simon Peter spoke.
Second, Peter is listed first in all Four Gospels, the lease important Apostle is listed last (which is Judas). Second, Peter spoke first before the Elders of the Temple. When Peter was in prison the entire Christian in Jerusalem prayed for him more than the others. You don’t see this being done by the other Apostles, who were put in prison.
I’m interested - what does the author mean by word ‘‘pillar’’? Is it the same role as Peter the rock in Mt 16,18, or something else? Actually, why not pronuncing only Peter as the ‘‘pillar’’ (since Christ gave him authority of keys to bind and loose)… does this dispute Peter’s authoriy and gives it to other apostles?
The authority given to Peter is from the Blessed Lord himself. His authority is not from Peter alone, for Peter’s authority is from God. For Pau even said, “I live, but no longer is it I who live, it is Christ who lives within me.”
You said that the fact of giving the same authority to bind and loose does not contradict Peter’s primacy… my question is what authorities does Peter have that others don’t, or what makes his primacy special in relation to Apostles? Is it just primacy in honor (as accepted in Orthodox) or something more?
Peter has the charisma of being to lead first. We see this clearly in the first Chapters of Acts. In the Gospel this is more so. It is Jesus who ask Peter, do you love three times. It is Jesus who told Peter feed my sheep, and feed my lambs. It is Jesus who prayed for him more than the others so they his faith may not fall (See Luke 22:31-32). Peter is alone is told by Jesus that the Father received divine knowledge from the Father (see Matthew 16:17). The tax collector approach Peter first for Jesus’ tax (see Matt 17:24). In Matt. 17:26-27, Jesus pays the half-shekel tax with one shekel, for both Jesus and Peter. In Matt. 19:27, Peter speaks in behalf of the Apostle. In Mark 10:28, Peter again speaks in behalf the disciple by telling Jesus, they have left everything to follow him.
In Mark 14:37, at Gethsemane, Jesus asks Peter, and no one else, why he was asleep. Peter is accountable to Jesus for his actions on behalf of the apostles because he has been appointed by Jesus as their leader.
I can go on. There are countless of verses during the time Jesus was still with his Apostles, and the time he left Earth to be at his throne, that Peter was left in charge of the Apostles.
Also the other verse, is it acceptable for Paul to contradict Peter if he has the exclusive authority that Christ gave him?
There is none. When Peter didn’t practice what he preached by not eating with the Gentile, Paul rebuke him. Peter himself did not taught anything dogmatically.