It pleases me that some churches are wrong, for I am told that millions of people across the world consider The Church to be built on the apostle Peter. This is an erroneous belief; one that rears itself to stand directly against Biblical teaching.
On Sunday morning, I heard a moving sermon–simply presented–yet profound in its truth, pertinence, and convicting qualities. The preacher chose Matthew 16:13-18 as his reading, with verse 15 his text scripture. His sermon title was: What will you do with Jesus? The thrust of his message was the question his title stated: What will you–you personally–do with Jesus? He can’t be ignored. His question must be answered…by you, by me, by everyone.
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?’
And they said, ‘Some say that Thou art John the Baptist; some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.’
He saith unto them, ‘But whom say ye that I am?’ vs. 15
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.’
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.'” vs 18
Since Sunday, I have done additional study on this scripture, especially concerning verse 18, and I am more convinced than ever that it is misleading to declare The Church to be built on Peter. Such a doctrine is false…and silly.
Perhaps the confusion arises from the fact that the word Peter in Greek is petra, which means rock. However, petra is the feminine form, so it obviously could not apply to Peter. Rather, from what I have read, I am led to the definite understanding that when Jesus said He would build His church “upon this rock,” He was not at all speaking of Peter, but rather of the titanic confession Peter had uttered.
“Who am I, Peter?”
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!”
How frightening if indeed The Church were built on Peter. How weak would be Its foundation:
1. Peter was impetuous.
2. Peter was foul-mouthed.
3. During the night-time hours preceding the crucifixion of His Master, Peter denied that He even knew Jesus.
4. Peter is dead.
Oh no, God’s Church is not built on Peter, but on the revelation that Jesus Christ is Lord; the Son of the living God.
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