Is Peter the foundation "Rock" of the Church?
Before setting off, let us clear one confusing issue. That
is, the disciples of Jesus Christ were not "Christians" until
the day of Pentecost, when they were baptized by the Holy
They were followers of the Jesus, but were not legally
(Spiritually) connected to the heavenly Kingdom not until they
received the Holy Spirit. The main difference between
Christians and non-Christians is the residence of the Holy
Spirit in the believer. Anyone that got baptized with water
by immersion 200 times without Christ as his or her Lord and
not a Christian. Anyone that believe the whole 10
commandments without Christ as Lord is not a Christian.
Therefore, going on this
stretch, Peter was the foremost disciple of Christ Jesus
because of his enthusiasm to the person and mission of Jesus
Christ. He was greatly used in expounding the vision of the
Christian faith after the bodily ascension of Christ Jesus
Hence, he was the first
leader of the Christians assembly in Jerusalem. He was first
used by the Holy Spirit to confirm the ministry of Christ
Jesus (Christianity) is to all souls and not only to the
Jews with the vision and conversion of Cornelius and family
His original name was
Simon, but was changed to Cephas or Peter by Christ Jesus
meaning Petros "rock", in Greek. That is, he was the firm or
stable disciple mandated by Christ Jesus to lead the body of
faithful (Church) after His bodily ascension. Therefore, his
relevance in Church history is undisputable.
Nevertheless, Peter was
not the foundation or founder of the Church of Christ
Why is Peter not the rock
or foundation of the Church?
This is simple to explain,
if we understand what the Church really means.
The Church simply means
the spiritual body of Christ through human vessels on earth.
That is, every soul who is part of Christ divine life
through faith in His redemptive work to humanity. The
Church is not man made, but spiritual content of the living
God in the lives of men and women by faith in Christ Jesus
and expressed through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the
foundation or Rock of the Church means the source and
purpose of Christianity or the eternal life of believers,
who is God the Father in Christ Jesus. Definitely not Peter,
who was saved by Christ Jesus.
What is eternal life? This
means, permanent, perfect or supreme and unending
consciousness that function in human bodies released by
Christ Jesus to humanity from God Spirit.
The source and perfection
of salvation to humanity forever is by Christ Jesus.
Therefore, Jesus changed the name of Simon or Shimon/Simeon
in Hebrew to Cephas (Aramaic) or Petros meaning rock in
Greek, was symbolic representation that the Church would
stand the test of time despite all challenges.
Jesus said to Peter on
this "Rock" I would build my Church and the gates of hell
shall not prevail over it. The Lord was not referring to
Peter as the rock of the Church, but to Himself, but that
Peter strong zeal and relationship to the message of
salvation has positioned Peter as solid lieutenant to lead
His (Christ) body of faithful after His glorification. Peter
was mandated to lead what Christ Jesus had found by His
Spirit. The Church is the body of Christ that rose from the
dead after destroying the works of darkness. The Church is
spiritual based on the resurrection of Christ Jesus bodily
and not the physical most people assume it to be. Jesus
Christ is that spiritual and physical foundation of the
Church. There is no Church without the resurrection of
Christ Jesus bodily from the dead.
Again, for emphasis the
Church simply means the spiritual body of Christ that reigns
forever through those who believe He is the Messiah. We
should not confuse the mandate to lead the disciples after
Jesus ascended with the foundation or rock of the Church.
They are two different things; though appear to look like
one especially with the parable of Jesus concerning the
rock. However, the release of the Holy Spirit in the name of
Christ Jesus on all who believe in the work of salvation,
including Peter makes up the Church.
There is no Church without
the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ Jesus
bodily from the dead. The Church is the life of the Holy
Spirit released in the name of Christ Jesus to earthly
vessels of God. The Church is not human characteristics, but
spiritually that of God expressed through Christ Jesus by
the Holy Spirit here on earth.
To reemphasize the issue,
the Church began on the Jewish day of thanksgiving, called
Pentecost. This was when the followers of Christ Jesus were
baptized by the Holy Spirit, including Peter as Jesus
promised them (Luke 24: 49). After that amazing experience,
Peter assume and displayed his leadership quality with
boldness, even with response to the people around, who were
questioning the disciples state of mind as they spoke in
to know Christ Jesus is more than choice, it is privilege to
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