Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock],and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. – Matt 16:16-18
Simon Peter said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” and Jesus said that on that statement He will build His church.
There is something so foundational in these words that on them is being built a church that can OVERCOME the “infernal powers” that hold humanity captive (law, sin, death, satan). Those powers will not withstand the church that is built – IF it is built on those words.
So what are the words? You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Some people reading this will go “ohh…. I get it” and some will go “yeah we knew that”. But I’m just getting it now for myself. Every month I think NOW I’VE GOT IT and then I get it more and more and more and I realize I didn’t even have a small corner of it!
Any church built on anything else will fall when the time of testing comes. A church built on missions will fail. A church built on music will fall. A church built on anything other than You are the Christ, the Son of the living God will fall.
What is it that is so amazing about those words that any church built on those words will succeed against law, succeed against sin, succeed against death, succeed against sickness, succeed against poverty, succeed against evil?
Or let me put it this way. What is it that is so amazing about those words that any church built on those words will renew soft hearts (the people will learn to love again), succeed in bringing physical health, succeed in overcoming mental illness, succeed in releasing blessings of all types into a person’s life, succeed in giving people the energy and determination to GO INTO THE WORLD and bring others into such a church?
I know this from personal experience. All forms of sickness (including mental health) cannot withstand Jesus.
In these words You are the Christ, the Son of the living God are the keys for your freedom, the keys for your family to stay free of drugs and sex before marriage because of loneliness.
I have written 500 posts more or less explaining this truth and I will keep on writing about it. I have explained that there have been loads of healings and great intimacy with Jesus Himself. I know it is available for YOU, it’s not just for me. I have explained it to other people and they have benefitted.
The key thing is… you will not see it and enter into it, until you really want it from Him.
Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. – Matt 7:7-8
Ask. Keep on asking.