“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, (context, vv. 13-20)
Peter was only stating what was now quite obvious– “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” I can only imagine that when Jesus heard him say this, the switch got flipped, and the lights of the universe turned on–all of a sudden it was all ‘angels-on -tiptoe,’ and all that convoluted theology made perfect sense.
The tumblers in the lock fall into place at last. Jesus is the key. He always has been.
The origination came from God (v. 17.) Peter knew it was the truth. He believed it and spoke it. But God made it.
Jesus is in the building business. He intends to construct a building that will handle all of the attacks of the enemy. In spite of what you heard, the Kingdom of God is advancing–Satan’s best last hope is his gates, and even that can never manage muster.
“And this is the victory that has defeated the world: our faith.”
1 John 5:4, CEB