The Lord Of The 's Church

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The Lord’s Church When the Lord came with his disciples to the coast of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples what people were saying about Him. (Matt. 16:13) They answered that some were saying He was John the Baptist and others thought He was Elijah or Jeremiah. (Matt. 16:14) Then He turned to those disciples and asks them, “But who do you say that I am”? Peter spoke up and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matt. 16: 15-16) And then, the Lord made a statement that has been the grounds for countless theological battles from then until now. He said, “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 unto thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:17-18). Some have thought the Lord said that He was going to build His church on Peter; however, the Lord was not referring to Peter when He said that He would build His church upon this rock. Although the word Peter (Petros) and the word rock (Petra) are derived from the same root word, there is a difference in their meaning. The Greek word which is translated Peter (petros) signifies a fragment or a piece of a rock. The word rock (Petra) comes from a word meaning a solid massive rock. And; furthermore, the gender of the two words is not the same. The word Peter is masculine in gender while the gender of the word rock is feminine.
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