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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church. “And I say 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” (Matt. 16: 18) . . Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church. Two extant views: 1. Peter was the foundation or rock.

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upon this rock i will build my church

Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

“And I say 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” (Matt. 16: 18).

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Two extant views:

1. Peter was the foundation or rock.

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Was Peter the first Pope?

Peter was rash (Matt. 26: 33).

Denied Jesus (Matt. 26: 69ff.).

He was prejudiced (Gal. 2: 11-14).

He refused worship (Acts 10: 25, 26).

He was married (Matt. 8: 14).

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Petra

Petros

Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Two extant views:

B. Jesus used a different word for “rock.” Vine: “Petra denotes a mass of rock, as distinct from petros, a detached stone or boulder, or a stone that might be thrown or easily moved….”

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Two extant views:

2. Jesus, the Son of God, is the rock.

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are 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” (Matt. 16: 16, 17).

“And I say 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” (Matt. 16: 18).

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Vine continues his comments:

“…in Matt. 16: 18, metaphorically, of Christ and the testimony concerning him; here the distinction between petra, concerning the Lord himself, and petros, the apostle, is clear.”

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Jesus is the proper foundation:

Pleased the Father (Matt. 3: 17).

He is the mediator (I Tim. 2: 5).

Perfect sacrifice (Heb. 9: 27, 28).

The Great Shepherd (I Pet. 5: 4).

He was sinless (Heb. 4: 15).

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Jesus’ deity seen:

In pre-incarnate state (Jn. 8: 58).

In incarnate state (Jn. 1: 14).

Glorified state (Acts 2: 36).

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Conclusion:Jesus remains the same (Heb. 13: 8). The churches of men are built upon the sand and are plants that God will root up one day (Matt. 15: 13). Jesus’ church shall stand because it is built upon the rock of Jesus’ deity!

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