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Upon This Rock

 
And I 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 Matthew 16:18.

What is “this rock” referring to? I don’t think it’s what has been traditionally taught (and it has had strong differences of opinion). The answer is really quite simple if you let Scripture offer its own interpretation.

In Matthew 7:24, Jesus said, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock… “These sayings of mine” are none other than the revelation of God. They are not the sayings of man, but the Word of God. house on rock

When Peter answered correctly that Jesus was the Son of the Living God, Jesus answered and said, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 16:17). It was revealed to Peter from heaven, the word from the Father. It was spiritual wisdom, not revealed by flesh and blood.

Just as hearing and doing “These sayings of mine” would build a house on a rock, so the church would be built on this rock of divine revelation that no flesh and blood could reveal. The storms could not destroy the house built upon the rock. Upon this rock of God’s Word, the true church storms the gates of hell, as opposed to the sloppy institution built on man’s precepts that fosters division and weakness.

Jesus Himself is the divine revelation, the Word of God. Believe in Him and attend to His words! For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).
   

Quiz for Theologians: Finney or Augustine?

 Question: Two passage selections below. One is written by Charles Finney, and one is written by St. Augustine. Test your knowledge. Can you tell who wrote which one? A. All of Adam’s race, who are or ever will be saved, were from eternity chosen by God to eternal salvation, through the sanctification of their hearts […] Continue reading →

Charles Finney is NOT a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

 The charge that ‘Charles Finney is a heretic’ is often the result of ignorance and misrepresentation. Granted, Finney often used controversial terms to state his positions, but those who would hear him out would recognize a brother- perhaps a brother with whom they disagree- but certainly not a heretic. In spite of his peculiar understanding […] Continue reading →