Upon this rock I will build my Church? Matthew 16:18 and 1 Peter 2:4-8.

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When Christ said in Matthew 16:13-20 ,

“ 13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”

He wasn’t talking about making Peter the first Pope, nor was He talking about the Roman Catholic’s claim to Apostolic succession.  He was saying, they may call you Peter the rock, but I’m the true rock, the chief cornerstone, or foundation stone, that I will build my Church on.  Then He tells all the Apostles, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”

If you don’t believe me, look what Peter had to say about it in 1 Peter 2.

4And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6For this is contained in Scripture:
“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

7This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,

8and,
“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

I think from this it pretty obvious what He meant.

4 thoughts on “Upon this rock I will build my Church? Matthew 16:18 and 1 Peter 2:4-8.

  1. cdet1997

    When Sola Scriptura is dead and buried — a burial it so richly deserves — its epitaph will read, “I’m not an infallible interpreter of Scripture, but your interpretation of this biblical verse is objectively wrong.”

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    1. Nice assertion without evidence. If you don’t like God’s word, and won’t submit to it,
      I wonder what you would submit to, a pope or tradition perhaps? Feel welcomed to keep the anti-Christ teachings of the rcc to your self.

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      1. cdet1997

        According to Sola Scriptura,
        1. There is exactly one true Gospel.
        2. God’s will is for everyone to know the one true Gospel and to reject all others as false.
        3. The sole means by which God conveys the one Gospel is by the Bible alone.
        4. God did not establish any one office to provide the authoritatively correct interpretation of scripture (and thus, the one true Gospel). Rather, the individual Christian will discern the true Gospel himself after studying scripture in a prayerful manner.

        Based on those tenets, one should reasonably conclude… (Hi this is Bob Snyder the proprietor of SnydersSoapbox.com I am interupting this RCC screed to address a fundamental error. I removed the rest of cdet1997’s argument because it was based on false presuppositions. Until he learns to use reason, and logic like a grown up his RCC screeds won’t be published here. I won’t give him the satisfaction. If he wants to put his nonsense up on the net he can pay for his own site and domain.)

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      2. 1. Define the word, “gospel” as you understand it.
        2. Your understanding of sola scriptura as expressed in your 3rd point is wrong.
        3. You are also wrong about your 4th point. There is a Biblical establishment of Elders and their roles in the Church. However, these elders are not the sole authority for doctrine. “…Rather, the individual Christian will discern the true Gospel himself after studying scripture in a prayerful manner…” This statement of yours demonstrates that you don’t understand the means that God has ordained for the promulgation of the gospel. A person, who doesn’t know the gospel will have the gospel preached to them by a person who has been saved. After hearing the gospel the other person will respond by rejecting it or by repenting and believing. They will believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross. When you accurately can express the gospel, and accurately represent and interact with the concept of sola scriptura without employing the straw man fallacy, I will allow your comments.rccdiagram//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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