Is Peter the Rock which the Church is built on?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
First thing one needs to get in one's mind is Simon Barjona [means son of Jona] was not named Peter by Jesus but even before Jesus met him people used to call him Peter. It was his nick name (surname as written in Mark).
The name Peter is actually a bad name or a mocking name for it is another name for Satan. The word Peter means pebble and the Hebrew equivalent of it is Tyre / Tyrus names given to Satan the Dragon (king) (one who is bonded in Hell and will be released in the last days and who has powers) and Satan the Beast (prince) (one who is with us and does not have powers over people of God but only with the people of this world) in Ezekiel.
There is no doubt that Simon was selected to lead the Apostles but he was neither the Rock nor the head (Pope) of the Church. He was the chief coordinator since he was an Apostle and chosen by Jesus to lead the other Apostles. His selection was confirmed in the tomb when he picked the gown of Jesus which was lying on the floor.
The Greek word translated as Peter is 'Petros ' while the word used for Rock is 'Petra '.
When I went to the session of the Catholic evangelist Steve Ray, he tried to cover up this fact by taking the grammatical gender of the words. He said since the word Petra was feminine therefore (he said this while mocking with actions like that of a pansy) it was not appropriate for Peter and thus Jesus used the name Peter.
He did not know that he was mocking the Holy Spirit for the word Petra is used to the Holy Spirit and the Hebrew word 'Ruwach ' for Spirit also is feminine. It does not mean the Spirit of God is feminine but shows the role the Holy Spirit plays in the salvation of mankind like that of a Mother. This is the reason God the Son called Him His Mother in the Songs of Solomon. It is the Holy Spirit Who is the Rock on which the Church is build. It is He who nurtures the Church like a mother does to its child.
Satan from the start does not want man to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit and therefore has always been taking the female form of different goddesses like Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Diana, Moon goddess, Queen of Heaven and now as Mother Mary, Fatima, Lady of Lourdes, Lady of Success, Mother of God, Perpetual Succor, Black Mary, Lady of Dollar, Lady of Guadalupe, Lady of Mount Carmel, Ever Virgin, Advocate of Eve, Immaculate, Star of the Sea, Madonna etc...
Jesus therefore said unless we are baptized (total surrender) to the Father and then the Son we will not know or have relationship with the Spirit of God. Most people get lost on the second stage of total surrender to Jesus Christ. They do not make Him their true Lord, King, Corner Stone, Master and Brother.
It was great when Simon who was called a Devil by the people was selected to be a very important person in the Church of God.
Another fact about the key of Heaven been given to Simon - the word Jesus used for 'thee' or 'you' is one with is used in plural tense, therefore Jesus gave the Key to all His disciples and today when we know Who Jesus us from the testimonies and revelations of others or from the Holy Spirit, we too receive the Key to Heaven.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus, You came as man to be the Corner Stone of the Temple. As Christ You are the Head of this Church and as God you are the cause of this Church. Holy Spirit it is by You that the Church is founded on the Truth. You are the Father and Mother of this Church. Holy Spirit, by the grace we receive in Jesus Christ, help us open our eyes and know You and have a relationship with You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;
1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit [noun gender feminine] of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Songs of Solomon 8:1
1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.
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