Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 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.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. (Matthew 16:13-20, NRSV)
Who do you say that I am?
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And he was praised because he did not receive this answer from men, but from God and he believed it.
And then Jesus said, “you are Πετροσ and upon this rock I will build my church,” And it seems that Jesus is saying upon Peter (Πετροσ, because Petros means Rock and it is where we get Peter from) is where the foundation of the church will be. But could it be something else?
You see Caesarea Philippi was the home of the temple of Pan and the place where that temple stood was known as the Gates of Hades, which is interesting because Jesus follows up upon this rock I will build my church with and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
Was Jesus saying that He was going to build His church on Peter, or upon this rock, the very rock I am standing on, where pagan rituals happen and the world is worshipped, meaning that every where is the foundation of my church and nothing will prevail against it?
You see we have the power to forgive sin, given in the power of the keys to the kingdom, to give peace and forgiveness. So the world might see the kingdom of God all around them.
Because no earthly kingdom will stop the kingdom of God.
So who do you say Jesus is?