On this rock I will build my Kingdom!?!
So have we thought it wrong this whole time, or are they both right, I guess I am perplexed after a conversation that I had this morning, that God does not build His church on a person, but more on the revelation that He gives that person. Read this passage, with an open mind please…
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. What does the name Peter mean? … stone or rock. What does Jesus say in this passage, “And I tell you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it!” So we all like to think, that God will build His church on an individual that is a messed up human being, which He may. Or will He use that messed up individuals revelation that God gave Him to be the Rock that He will build His kingdom on? I mean, God will use me right, but yet God’s kingdom will not be build on ME, but on the revelation and the fullness of Him, not me. So when God tells Peter, that he indeed is Peter, I think He is giving him the confidence in who He made him to be, and the comfortableness to be in HIS GIFTING! So you know my name is Tug, and what if in this passage, I was the one that was being asked this question, and Jesus looked at me and said, who do you say I am. And I simply said, you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Then the next phrase from Jesus, comes as this. And I tell you that you are Tug, and on this I will pull my kingdom along. People could then associate my name and it’s meaning with what He is going to do with the kingdom, and then think that He is going to put it all on my shoulders and that is great, and all. Or we can see the comma, and we know commas are important. So back to the scripture, and this is important as well. He tells Peter, you are PETER! How awesome is that, He gives him the confidence in the middle of chaos because Peter’s response, YOU ARE THE MESSIAH, YOU ARE THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. It is in who God is to Peter that draws out the revelation. Then Jesus says, THIS ROCK is what I will build my kingdom on is all about the revelation, and totality of CHRIST BEING EVERYTHING TO PETER. So, is Christ the Messiah to you, or do we say some think you are this, and some think you are that. God. But Jesus says, Blessed are you Peter, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in Heaven, and on that ROCK, I will build my kingdom. Wowwwww, I am so thankful for the realization that the revelation and claim of who Christ is, is what He will build His kingdom on. Yes, Peter is amazing, and his heart after God is pure at this moment, and God turned His message into a message, but even more amazing. The kingdom is not built on a man, but on the living God, and the totality of who He is to us.
Ok, that’s enough for today, hope we can chew on scripture, a bit more soon.