Power Of The Church
In our last post Untangle Confusion – 1 we mentioned the church was first mentioned, by Jesus, in Matthew 16:18. Jesus said the church was not built yet when he said [ I will build my church ]. Jesus said the church would be built on a rock, not Peter the stone. You can read the Untangle Confusion post for an explanation. Notice the church is not Peter’s but the church belongs to Jesus. I am going someplace with this.
Matthew 16:13-19 KJV
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
 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.
 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.”
Couple of things to point out yet. When Jesus said he will build ( meaning it was not built yet ) he was going to build the church on a rock ( himself ) and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Shall is a promise, so it is like saying the gates of hell will not prevail against the church ( I promise ). Think of how you use the word ( shall ). It is like you are promising. So when Jesus said the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church, it was a promise.
So let us look at this logically.
~ Jesus was speaking to his disciples.
~ He tells his disciples he is going to build a church.
[ How do you build something? You lay a foundation and not on sinking sand but on rock. Hence the parable of the two builders in Matthew 7:24-29. ]
~ The church that will be built is built on rock, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4) not built on Peter, not Mohammed, not the pope, but on Jesus Christ.
According to John the apostle in the Gospel of John, Jesus is the Word. The word of God made flesh. So not only is the church built on the Rock, Jesus Christ and what he did at Calvary ( shedding his blood to pay for the sin of the world) but the church is also built on the Word.
The word of God is the scripture and the scripture was made flesh in Jesus Christ. So if man alters the word of God through new translations based on some man’s interpretation of scripture, how can the church be built on rock? It can’t. When man alters God’s word based on man’s interpretation of the word, man is building with wood, hay and stubble.How do I know this?
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 KJV “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Then look at the building process.
1 Corinthians 3:12-13 KJV “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
And the building process is yes, for the church, but also for us individually as members of the church.
And what about the church building on Jesus Christ, the Rock, the Word? The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. It is a promise. The word prevents the gates of hell from prevailing. The power of the church is in the Word. The church ( Jew and Gentile believers as one body ) have power and that power is the Word, if they know it or not, they have it.
And look at the rest of the comment Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 –
“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.”
Jesus said he is going to give to Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Not the kingdom of God and not the church. And when Jesus said, ” I will give ” he did not say I give. Jesus said I will give meaning future time not now. So the kingdom of heaven is a future kingdom.
Until next time.