Jan 23 Matthew 16 18One day a wife said to her husband: “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”

When we read Matthew 16:18, some think that God was saying that He would build His church through Peter. Certainly God used Peter to build the church. However, the “rock” that Jesus was referring to was the truth of Peter had said just before this. In Matthew 16:13, Jesus had asked the disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” The disciples give various answer and then in verse 16, Peter says: “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is this truth that God built and established the church. It the most basic foundational truth about which we build our spiritual beliefs as Christians.  Peter understood Jesus’ true identity as God has revealed it to him. It was that foundational truth that Peter took with him as he preached and played an important role in the spread of Christianity. However, it’s also important to note that Jesus said, I will build my church. It wasn’t Peter’s responsibility to build the church. Peter’s job was to tell other about Jesus and then Jesus holds the responsibility for the growth and expansion of the church.

As followers of Christ, we are all responsible for telling others about our Savior. But first we must settle in our hearts the answer to the question that Jesus asked the disciples. If Jesus asked you today: “Who do you say that I am?” What would be your answer? Would Jesus’ response to your answer be “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard it not what I meant” or would He say to you, like Peter: “Blessed are you, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that on this rock I will build My church.”



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