KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 16:18-19 ” 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”.
Our Lord Jesus Christ makes mention of the word church in our key scripture for the first time in the New Testament .The word church is the Greek word, ‘Ekklesia’. This word is a joining of two Greek words,’ ‘ek’ which means ‘out of’, or ‘from’, and the other word is ‘kaleo’ and it means to ‘call’. The meaning of the word church is ‘the called out ones’. You have been called out of the world to project the purpose of God on the earth.
From our key scripture the Lord Jesus made the following points about the church. These thoughts are drawn from our key scriptures. They reveal the church as a supernatural building in dwelt by God to be a representative of His, presence, power and works on the earth.
- The foundation upon which the church would be built and materials for the building.
- Who is the builder of the church?
- The warfare and victory of the church
- The authority of the church and application of this authority.
We look at each point in detail:
1 The foundation upon which the church would be built and the materials for the building.*
Matthew 16:18a “And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter and upon this rock…”
The Lord said you are Peter; Peter is the Greek word “Petros” which is ‘a stone’ he continued and said; “upon this rock”. The word rock used in this subject is the Greek word “Petra”. This is a bigger rock or a rocky ground. This implies the rock on which he would build the church is not Petros which means Peter but Petra which is a large stone or a rocky ground. Jesus himself is that foundation upon which the church is built. 1st Corinthian 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus is also the Chief cornerstone (Ephesians. 2:20). As the foundation of the church it means nothing can ever shake us.
The strength of every structure is its foundation. The church is built on an indestructible foundation. The Lord describes this foundational stone in Matthew 21:44 that anything that comes against it shall break up, but if this stone comes against anything that thing would grind into powder.
Dear child of God as a member of God’s church never consider any condition or situation as impossible to be defeated.
The church of God on the earth has the most secured foundation. Nothing can shake it. Nothing can overcome it. Victory is the constant experience of the church.
Matthew 21:44 ” And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”.
Ephesians 2:20 ” And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”
Prayer Point: In the name of Jesus, I have an indestructible foundation and nothing can overcome me.