“Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” - Matthew 16:17, 18
When Jesus asked Peter about his own personal view of Himself, Peter responded by saying he was “The Christ the Son of God.’” This, Jesus said, comes to him by revelation and upon this revelation that He is the Christ He will build His church.
Jesus was not saying that He would build His church upon Peter who is the rock and will be the foundation for the church. The name of Peter simply means, “stone” not “rock”. Jesus said He would establish His church upon Himself. He is the rock upon which the church is established. As the song writer says, “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand…”
Man, however talented or brilliant he may be, cannot build the church. Jesus said, “He would build His church.” It is not a physical building of brick and mortar; it is not a particular religion or denomination. It is universal in hope comprising of people on earth and heaven.
To be in His church you cannot join it like a club and become a member. There must be a supernatural experience of the new birth to enter His church, being baptised by the Holy Spirit into it.
It is not a matter of being a member of a particular church but being In Christ and a member of His Body, which is both universal and local.
Are you members of His church? Are you in Christ today? Do you meet regularly with other members of the body of Christ? These are questions you must settle, for if you are in His church the powers of darkness cannot prevail against you.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your church that has been established and founded and has stood and will stand against the test of time. Help me to find my place in the church and fulfil my calling in life. Thank You for the safety and protection of Your church against which the devil will never prevail.