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Solid as a Rock

The name Peter means “rock” or “rock-man.” In the next phrase Christ used petra (upon this rock), a feminine form for “rock,” not a name. Christ used a play on words. He does not say “upon you, Peter” or “upon your successors,” but “upon this rock”—upon this divine revelation and profession of faith in Christ.

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. – Matthew 16:8

The following comment on this verse from The Bible Knowledge Commentary sums up the issue:

Peter’s words brought a word of commendation from the Lord. Peter was blessed because he had come to a correct conclusion about the person of Christ and because great blessing would be brought into his life. The Lord added, however, this was not a conclusion Peter had determined by his own or others’ ability. God, the Father in heaven, had revealed it to him. Peter was living up to his name (it means “rock”) for he was demonstrating himself to be a rock. When the Lord and Peter first met, Jesus had said Simon would be named Cephas (Aram. for “rock”) or Peter (Gr. for “rock”; John 1:41-42).


But his declaration about Messiah’s person led to a declaration of Messiah’s program. Peter (Petros, masc.) was strong like a rock, but Jesus added that on this rock (petra, fem.) He would build His church. Because of this change in Greek words, many conservative scholars believe that Jesus is now building His church on Himself. Others hold that the church is built on Peter and the other apostles as the building’s foundation stones (Eph. 2:20; Rev. 21:14). Still other scholars say that the church is built on Peter’s testimony. It seems best to understand that Jesus was praising Peter for his accurate statement about Him, and was introducing His work of building the church on Himself (1 Cor. 3:11).

I was talking to a friend the other day about church and what it’s built on. He explained to me that he doesn’t go to church and finds organised religion a bit of a waste of time. His church is a group of 5 – 10 friends that he does life life each week. While I was talking to him he got a phone call from one of his friends that needed some advice on a tricky issue, this is real, this is life, and I’m pretty sure this is what church is – accessible, available, and 24/7. The rock my friend had built his church on was Jesus and his example. A simple, humble and rock solid church if ever I saw one.

So here are some questions that this brings up for me – maybe for you too:

1. What rock do you stand on? What is the foundation of your faith?
2. What is your church? Do you do church or go to church?
3. What are the immovable rocks of your faith?
4. What are you building? What do others see? What does God see?

This week may you consider how you do church. What this looks like to others and God. May Jesus continue to build on what you believe and act this week.  I was quite inspired by my friends concept of church. Here’s a reflection on the rock, the foundation, and platform of our faith.

Rock Solid

This rock has its genesis
In the mountain where it formed
Through the wild prevailing winter
By the thunder in the storm

The rock washed down the river
To the valley far below
Where golden sunbeams frolicked
As the loving waters flowed

The golden seams that sparkle
Reflect the depths of green
Where brand new life was fashioned
By the gentle flowing stream

The blood that wept with tears
Is etched upon the face
Of the rock that stands today
When time eluded space

You are the rock the stands
Where the living waters flows
Some golden moments etched in time
As summer melts the snow

So grasp the rock in your hand
And feel the weight extend
Another day, another way
We’ll meet again my friend

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