“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 16:18 NKJV
The New Testament was originally written in the Greek, from which the Latin, English, and other versions were translated.
If you study the Greek text you will find that the word Peter and the word Rock on which Christ was to build His church are two separate and distinct words, each having different meanings.
The word Peter in Greek is petros, which means “a piece of rock; a stone; a single stone; movable, insecure, shifting, or rolling.”
The word rock is petra, which means “a rock; a cliff; a projecting rock; mother rock; huge mass; solid formation; fixed; immovable; enduring.
Therefore what Jesus meant by “you art Peter” is that, in spite of your frailty, failures and shifting characteristics, I’ll still go ahead to build my church on your confession that I am the Christ, the Solid Rock.
Our lives; individual, family and church is built on Christ the Solid Rock on which we stand.
Jesus is our firm foundation, and that is why in spite of the failures of many church leaders, the church remains the strongest institution that has ever existed.
If the church was built on Peter the petros, it would have ended on the day he denied Christ three times or the day he died and was buried, because he never rose again.
You will have no excuse to stop serving God because someone you so highly revered failed in the pursuit of their own walk with Christ.
May your faith and Christian life not rest on the failings of any church leader, rather may we always focus on Jesus our firm foundation.
In Jesus, we know we can stand secured and so we place our hope in only Him.
We will honor all great men and great women that God has placed in our lives and follow their good examples but Jesus Christ only will remain our Perfect Example at all times in all ways.
May your faith not rest on men but on Christ the Solid Rock.
Evangelist Elvis Eben-Baffour
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