The Authority of the Church

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Matthew 16

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

When Peter answered the Lord correctly about who He was, (“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”) Jesus used a play on words to make a great point. Peter’s name means “a rock.” As we know, Peter was anything but rock solid.  He was impetuous, he was quick to speak, he was soon angry, and he probably lost his faith when Christ was arrested. Even after the resurrection, Peter had some trouble in Antioch when James and those from Jerusalem came.  Jesus could not have been calling Peter a rock in this statement.

However, Peter had just made a rock-solid statement regarding the person of Jesus Christ that He was indeed God in the flesh.  Jesus then told Peter and all of the others that this statement was indeed the rock of their faith (and would be the rock of the church that was yet to be born).  Since the Day of Pentecost, all who have confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, the Son of the living God, have been loosed from their sins on earth and have found themselves at peace with God for eternity.  Those who have rejected this rock, that Jesus Christ is Lord and the Son of the living God, have been bound to their sins in this life and separated from God for eternity.

In the church, we seek to loose people from their sins through faith in the Word of God.  When faith is exercised grace is found and men and women are eternally loosed from their sin.  Romans 10:9-10 help us to understand the importance of this faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and how it is directly related to our eternal salvation.  Pray for those who need to be loosed from their sin for eternity.

 

While people are leaving the coastal Carolinas, we should be praying for the Lord to show mercy and to weaken the strength of this storm.  God set the laws of nature in place but is not above stepping in when He chooses to do so.  Pray with us for God to show mercy in this storm.

 Do any of you have or know of a decent car that we can have or reasonably purchase?  There is a family in need of a second vehicle that has asked for help. 

 Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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