Entry: Explaining Peter being the Rock of the church. Saturday, January 07, 2006



Matthew 16: 17-19 "Jesus replied, 'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 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. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.' Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ."

The first part of this passage is a blessing to Peter (Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah) and the third part is also a blessing (I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven) Therefore, the second must also be.  Peter is Petros meaning "a small stone" and rock is petra meaning "a large mass of rock." While they do have different meanings in some ancient Greek, the differences were gone by the time Matthew was written.  At the time the words both meant "a rock."  Also, when Jesus spoke to Peter, He used Aramaic, not Greek (they are cousin languages).  In Aramaic, there is no difference in the 2 words.  They are both Kepha. In fact, Paul refers to Peter as Cephas in some parts of the Bible. 

Therefore, it is more likely to say "And I tell you that you are rock and on this rock I will build my church." than to say "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are a small stone, and on this large mass of rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.'

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September 28, 2012   05:07 PM PDT
 
Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!,859616,http://mystudyofcatholicism.blogdrive.com/archive/4.html
Pandora Bracelet Australia
April 23, 2012   07:38 AM PDT
 
This is all very new to me and this article really opened my eyes.Thanks for sharing with us your wisdom.,416151,http://mystudyofcatholicism.blogdrive.com/archive/4.html

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