CORRECT INTERPRETATION OF MATTHEW 16:18 KJV – PETER IS NOT THE ROCK!!!
Matthew 16:18 KJV
”And I (Jesus Christ) say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
According to https://www.google.com/search, Peter was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Roman Catholic tradition holds that Jesus established St. Peter as the first pope (Matthew 16:18). Jesus also gave him “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19), which is why he is often depicted at the gates of heaven in art and popular culture.
Many Christians have misinterpreted this scripture Matthew 16:18.
They said the word “rock” the Lord Jesus mentioned here means Peter. This is a wrong interpretation.
Some said by this word “rock”, it means that Peter is the rock in the statement of Matthew 16L18 to further translate that Peter is the foundation of the church. And this is the reason some Christians believed that he (Peter) was the first pope; the first spiritual leader of the Christian faith the church. This is also a wrong interpretation.
Some said by this word “rock”, the Lord Jesus means that upon the statement made by Peter confessing or saying Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God in Matthew 16:16 ”And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”, He (Jesus Christ) would build His church on the Peter’s statement. But this is also a wrong interpretation.
Some said Peter is the rock of the church. This is an error in action.
Peter is not the rock!!!
Then what is the correct interpretation of Matthew 16: 18?
Who is the person being referred to as the rock in Matthew 16:18?
To answer correctly, we shall use scriptures to interpretation because scripture interprets scripture for a clear and deep understanding.
The correct interpretation is this:
The rock which the Lord Jesus Christ referred to is Himself. Jesus Christ is the rock of the church.
Let read this scripture to support this correct interpretation: 1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” You can that this scripture (1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV) said that “Rock was Christ”. Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ is the ROCK of the church.
Scripturally, the rock has to do with the foundation. The Lord Jesus is the foundation of the church – 1 Corinthians 3:11 KJV “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” You can see from this 1 Corinthians 3: 11 KJV that the foundation of the church is Jesus Christ.
This is the reason why the Lord Jesus Christ said every true Christian should build his/her house on the rock because Jesus Christ is the rock of every true Christian believer – Matthew 7:24 -,25 KJV “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.“ Jesus Christ is the foundation (rock) of every true Christian.
The phrase in the above quote (Matthew 7:24) “these sayings of mine” means “the word of God”.
And the word of God is Jesus Christ (the Rock) Himself – John 1:1 , 14 KJV, 1 John 5:7 KJV and Revelation 19:13 KJV ”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth…. ”For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one…. And he (Jesus Christ) was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
Since Jesus Christ is the rock upon to be built as the foundation, we Christians are individually a spiritual house where our foundation is Christ Jesus – 1 Peter 2:5 KJV ”Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house….”
Remember that every genuinely born again Christian is a temple (spiritual house) of God because of the in-dwelling presence of the Holy Spirit inside them – 1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17 KJV “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are..”
Do you know the reason why the church is the pillar and the ground of the truth? – 1 Timothy 3:15 “……the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”
The reason is that the foundation /rock of the church of the living God is Jesus Christ Himself as He is the word of God as well as the truth personified – the word of God (Jesus Christ) is the truth: John 17:17 KJV and John 14:6 KJV “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth…. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth…..”
With all the above quoted scriptures, you can see and understand clearly that Peter is not the rock of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus Christ is the ROCK.
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