The name “Peter” comes from the Greek “Petros” and means “a detached stone that might be thrown or easily moved.” The feminine form is “Petra” and means “mountain of a rock” or “firm foundation.” The meaning really begins to take shape when you read about how Jesus addresses him in the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 16-18 kjv
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Did Jesus actually know that Peter’s name is associated with rock or stone or was it just a coincidence? I think that is very interesting.
What’s even more interesting is looking at the original Greek words used in the above passage.
Matthew 16-18 kjv
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Petros, and upon this Petra I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Do you see the progression from the lower or unstable to the higher or firm foundation? Masculine to feminine. Should we all be getting more in touch with our feminine nature? Maybe…maybe.
Haven’t you ever wondered why Peter always seemed to be jealous and irrational in this spiritual drama? Even Jesus rebukes him in the following passage because he appears to be getting in the way of God’s divine plan.
Matthew 16-23 kjv
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.
This signifies the incapacity of the lower mind to understand the sublime heights to which the Christ-soul shall rise; and also the lower mind’s revolt against the suggestions of the Higher Mind. – Gaskells
Peter constantly demonstrates how unstable he is by suggesting the most idiotic proposals, by jumping overboard to walk on water while his faith remains in the boat (Matthew 14:28-33), and by denying that he was ever associated with Jesus after his arrest (Matthew 26:69-75).
We all have the Apostle Peter within us and need to evolve to Petra. Unstable to stable, lower to higher, and it all happens within you where Jesus said the true kingdom of God exists (Luke 17-21 kjv).
The disciples are simply aspects of you, your consciousness. For future reference, a list of the disciples and what they represent in you is below.
Andrew = faith and inquiry
Peter = the analytical lower mind
James, son of Zebedee = hope and progressiveness
John = love
Philip = courage and forcefulness
Bartholomew = perseverance
Thomas = intellectual truth-seeking
Matthew = critical deliberation
James, son of Alphaeus = modesty and receptiveness
Simon = gentleness and attentiveness
Thaddeus (Judas the zealot) = broadmindedness
Judas = prudence