Verse for Today:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, 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.” – Mat 6:13-19
Watching the movie Everest is quite a grueling experience. Few men taking on the mountain that is as high as a commercial airliner flies and you need oxygen to survive. Why are we so facinated by mountains? Maybe it is the will to overcome. Maybe it is to reach something men will respect you for and admire you. God also had a mountain in mind when He wanted to build his church.
Clue no.18 – God will build His church on the rock.
People mistakenly think God wants to build His church on Peter. If you look closer at the Greek translation of Peter you will know that it is “Petros” which mean pebble. The work rock here is “Petra” which means large bed rock. So I think God will build His church on thae large bed rock and not on the pebble.
What was revealed to Peter that was not revealed to other people? That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I think Jesus is the rock this passage is referring to.
Clue no.19 – Peter has the keys to the kingdom.
Somwhat do you do with keys? You open things so that people can come in. So it seems that Peter will show us the way how to get into the kingdom.
There seems to be a relationship between the church and the kingdom, interestinggg.
Prayer for Today:
Lord this study is really getting exiting!!! Keys to the kingdom, things revealed that has not before, You building Your kingdom on a rock that is Jesus and hades will not overcome Your kingdom. Lord help me to seek your kingdom out. Help me to fully understand what it is. Help me to search for the key that was given to Peter and understand what it is so that I can unlock the kingdom for myself. Amen.
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