"How did Peter find out that Jesus was the Messiah?" (Alleged Contradiction #E9834)
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
Jesus said that flesh and blood did not reveal this truth to Peter, but John records that Andrew told him.
God revealed this truth to Peter. Many people (including Peter) heard that Jesus was the Christ, but there is a big difference between hearing a truth and truly believing and understanding it.
Jesus would never say what he told Peter in Matthew 16 to those who rejected the truth that He was the Christ, even though they may have heard the truth. Thus, while Peter heard the truth from his brother Andrew, it was revealed to him by God.
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