“I Will Build My Church”

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Peter, who was chosen as the head spokesman of the apostles, didn’t write a whole lot in our New Testament scriptures. In fact, after Acts 15, he starts to fade away. He wasn’t even the head of the church at Jerusalem. James, Jesus’ half brother, was. How could this be if Peter, as the Roman Catholic Church claims, started Christianity and Christianity replaced Judaism?

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus wasn’t talking about the Roman Catholic church. He wasn’t even talking about a Christian church.

Notice Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:15-17 about this “church” when He gave instructions on how to deal with a sinning brother. If this brother continues to fail to listen, even after being confronted by the church, he was to be treated as a heathen and a publican (tax collector). This hardly sounds like a church which included and welcomed Gentiles.

If Jesus wasn’t speaking of the Church (the body of Christ), what “church” did He mean? The Jewish “church,” the assembly of Jews who believed the gospel of the kingdom. They believed, as Peter had stated, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. The Lord had not yet revealed the Christian Church, in which Jew and Gentile are equal in Christ. (Galatians 3:28) God kept this truth secret until He revealed it to Paul (Ephesians 3:1-10, 2:13-18). Luke’s record of Peter’s message at Pentecost (Acts 2), as well as his sermon in Acts 3, confirmed this. Peter addressed Jews only. He had no idea about the Church. Everything that occurred on the day of Pentecost concerned only Israel.

Peter and the Eleven were apostles of Israel. (Galatians 2:7-9). Their destiny, as declared by the Lord, was to occupy thrones and rule the twelve tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28). They were not leaders of the Church (body of Christ). Much of Christendom has been confused and has gotten this wrong for some 2,000 years.

Christ is the Rock. Paul calls Him the rock in 1 Corinthians 10:4. Jesus declared on the basis of Peter’s confession that He was the Messiah, the Son of God; that He would build a Jewish assembly upon this truth and this is exactly what He did under the gospel of the kingdom. That gospel continued until Acts 15, when it was supplanted by Paul’s gospel of the grace of God. The gospel of the kingdom will return after the Lord removes His Church (rapture) and be operational in the final seven years of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:14). That gospel will serve as the basis for salvation during the Tribulation. It will focus on Christ’s identity; not on Paul’s gospel which is upon Christ’s work on Calvary.

2 thoughts on ““I Will Build My Church”

  1. So much of Christendom believes that the church of today began with Peter, is built on “this rock” (and they mean Pete not his confession), under the great commission, etc. all of the portions of the scriptures that pertain to God’s plan for the nation of Israel and they fail to rightly divide and realize that isn’t how he dealing with the world today. They’re confused and that greatly hinders their ability to be useful sons of God bearing fruit in the world. Instead it grieves the Holy Spirit that seals them at best and actually can make them enemies of the cross at worst depending upon just what they believe. For example a full blown Bapticostal who believes water Baptism is required as are tongues and spiritual gifts as proof of Salvation is actually an enemy of the cross in many cases as they are teaching the exact opposite program which is not in effect today thereby frustrating grace by being legalistic and in the case of signs they are either faking it till they make it with a Jimmy Carter smile or under the influence of devils as Satan is the one producing signs and wonders, doctrines of devils, another gospel etc. And then people wonder why the “church” of Christendom is largely ineffective today, it might grow but it’s spiritually dead. There is no light in it no true life. And it hates where the light really is, those of us who follow God’s plan for today by doing what he has told us through the Apostle Paul and being baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ by believing in His finished work of the Cross the gospel of the grace of God. That gospel those truths aren’t even hinted at back in the kingdom plan. You must do as 2 Tim 2:15 says and rightly divide to get the parts that are about and directly for us. Otherwise it becomes a confused confusing conundrum of crazy that doesn’t glorify Christ at all because it refuses to obey Him.

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    1. I am adding the verses I referenced in my comment above for the ease of clarification, I meant to put them in it after I typed it but hit the wrong button.

      Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
      Ephesians 4:29‭-‬30 KJV

      Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
      Philippians 3:17‭-‬19 KJV

      One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
      Ephesians 4:5 KJV

      For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
      1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV

      Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
      1 Corinthians 13:8‭-‬10 KJV

      For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      Ephesians 2:8 KJV

      Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
      1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV

      Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
      Romans 1:1 KJV

      And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
      1 Corinthians 15:8‭-‬10 KJV

      I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
      Galatians 2:21 KJV

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