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In Matthew 16:13-19, Jesus asks the disciples who they say he is. Peter, answering for the Twelve, says, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (v. 16, ESV). In response to this confession, Jesus makes a statement which has seemed slightly cryptic for almost 2000 years.
Referring to Simon as "Peter," the rock, Jesus then uses a closely related word to say he will build his church on the rock.
Is the church built on Peter or on something else? Historic orthodox Christianity says it is built on Jesus. So how do we explain Jesus' statement? Normally we take the rock to be the confession that Jesus is the Christ.
We stand built on the fact that Jesus is the Son of God, the savior. There is no more sure foundation. Peter then becomes the spokesman of the truth, pointing to the truth.
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