Some theologist argue over whether Jesus was referring to Simon Peter himself, or Simon's statement "thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said,
thou art the Christ, the Son of the
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."
And I also unto thee, that thou
art Peter (Petros = a small moveable
stone), and upon this rock (Petra = as a foundation unmoveable) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The keeper of the gates (the keys) of heaven.
He was crucified upside down per his own request because he believed that he was not worthy to be crucified like Jesus. Consequently his cross is the inverted cross, which to some may be satanic. "Coincidentally," Jesus at one point does call Saint Peter "Satan" because "For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:23; here, there is a distinction between Lucifer and Satan.
He is syncretized with the Orisha Ogun in the Santería tradition.
Ogun is also associated with keys.