– In John chapter 17 Jesus is praying for His disciples shortly before His arrest and crucifixion. In verse 20 He mentions us! (That is, He mentions all those who will believe in Him through the testimony of those disciples who were present with Him that night. The documents we call the New Testament reflect that testimony; our belief in that testimony qualifies us for inclusion in verse 20.)
– In 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, th apostle Paul recounts the many appearances the Lord made during the 40 days between His resurrection from the dead and His ascension into heaven. If your Bible mentions “Cephas,” that’s just another name for the apostle Peter.
– In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus officially commissions His disciples to spread the word that even now has come to us!
– In Acts 10:38-43 we see one of those present for the prayer of John 17, Peter, telling the story of Jesus to a group of people just as Jesus had commanded him that night.
– In 2 Peter 1:16-18 Peter makes clear that he and his colleagues did not use fancy words and rhetorical skill to make known the story of Jesus Christ. Rather they were eyewitnesses, simply testifying to what they had seen and heard.