Matthew 16:18

22 Jul 2020 -- Posted by : admin

"And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Matthew 16:18

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In my daily bible reading, I've reached the part in Matthew 16 where Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus responds by encouraging Peter and telling him that this understanding came to him from the Father. Then in verse 18 he says ' And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it'.
I was struck how this statement has application to the start and the ongoing fruitfulness of God's new covenant people.
It's only because Jesus was the Son of God that he was able to live in perfect obedience to God's law and to take upon himself the full punishment for our sin on the cross and satisfy God's anger against it.
Also it was only because He was the Son of God, that he rose again and, through that victory over sin, death and satan, we have received His righteousness and eternal life.

Finally it's only because he's the Son of God that he is able to send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us to help us to continue to run the race with perseverance, put to death our sin and have the courage to tell our friends and family about our amazing Saviour: Jesus Christ: the Son of the living God.

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