By Royce Mitchell, Jr.
“Nearly 2000 years ago, during a conversation with Peter, Jesus Christ shocked him by making the following statement. It is found in Matt 16:18, “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” (NIV).
Christ Built His Church From Many Different People
This verse has been misunderstood in the past by some who would give men the power to modify, or delete altogether, the laws of God. But such was not the case in the statement of Christ. It was intended to show that Christ was going to build His Church, and it was to be built on Himself, not on Peter. He was preparing to build His Church, one church. Not many churches preaching many different gospels, and not many churches preaching similar doctrines, but one Church, consumed with the passion for completing the Work of the Father, even as Christ Himself was (Luke 2:49). He was building His Church, based on His Word, the Word given to Him by the Father. In doing so, He would be bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10). These sons, all adopted sons of the glorious Father, then, would be brothers. In this article, we will show who these brothers are, not using our own ideas, but as defined by God’s Word…”
(this article is an excerpt from the JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1999 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
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