sMatthew 16:16-20 Simon Peter answered, “You? You are Christ, the Son of the living God!” “Simon, son of Jonah, you are a fortunate man indeed!” said Jesus, “for it was not your own nature but my Heavenly Father who has revealed this truth to you! Now I tell you that you are Peter the rock, and it is on this rock that I am going to found my Church, and the powers of death will never prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; whatever you forbid on earth will be what is forbidden in Heaven and whatever you permit on earth will be what is permitted in Heaven!” Then he impressed on his disciples that they should not tell anyone that he was Christ. (J. B.PhillipsTranslation)
The rock upon which the church was to be established, is that rock of “revelation” which the Holy Spirit gives to each according to his understanding. Peter was not the rock upon which the reality of Yeshua being the Messiah of Life was built, but the fact that the Father of Yeshua, the Creator Gods revelation to Peter, was that rock. And, Solomon in the written Proverbs has advised over and over, seek wisdom and understanding above all else when it comes to that glorious Kingdom of God. Revelation from on High are the keys that unlock so many doors in His Kingdom. The written Word of God holds the keys.
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