Matthew 16:15-20 – 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Jesus is meeting with his disciples and he has a interesting conversation. He had just talked with them about not being impacted by the incorrect teaching of Pharisees and Sadducees and how simply a little of their wrong teaching can spread and negatively impact them. Then there are rumors who Jesus is and who he assumed to be. The next question he asks he ask to Simon Bar-Jonah and this question Simon answers only from the Father. His answer I believe and through proof changed the entire course and history of our world as we know it.
If it wasn’t for Simon having been through the Father, through his spirit been revealed the Glory of God through Jesus the Christ the anointed one, where would the church be? This conversation and answer had JESUS say, your new name is Peter and your the rock I will build my church on and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. This is huge for me to think about because the church that through The salvation of Christ I belong to is because thousands of years ago a man lived, died, and rose. It doesn’t stop there, he then commissioned a man to be the vessel in which he built his church!!! Though Jesus is not saying my name to be the rock on which his church is built on, he has giving me his spirit to continue building off what has already been built!!! This is amazing and so powerful to know that Jesus started building his church through broken people thousands of years ago and it is still happening today!! If that doesn’t reveal a gracious and loving God I don’t know what does!!
Father, I thank you for entrusting the Son and his spirit within me. What a name to carry and what a salvation to receive. I pray I build on what you have been building for thousands of years. Help me Father be obedient to you through your Son.