“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 16:18
Peter was an impetuous and competitive disciple. He was headstrong, inconsistent, and made costly decisions. He was a somewhat slow learner. One minute he loved the Lord unabashedly, and the next minute he denied knowing Him at all. He would be boldly walking on water, and then sinking moments later. I can relate.
But if Jesus builds His church on someone like Peter, think of the hope you and I have! Jesus is the foundation of His church. In Him, we are part of His body of believers. We share a common faith and a common struggle with fear and temptation. While there is an up-and-down aspect to walking by faith, we share the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in newness of life and in victory over sin.
Ephesians 1:22-23a says, “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body.” What I bring to the church is only my faith in the One who died on the cross to destroy the sin problem that separated me from God. I rest my case on the Founder, and you can, too.
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Ephesians 4:4-5)