And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Did Jesus say that Peter was the foundation of His Church? See 1 Corinthians 3:11 and Ephesians 2:20. Jesus made a pun. In Greek, the word for Peter is
, and it sounds similar to the Rock (
) on which the Church would be founded on; that is, Jesus.
God is called “Rock” both in the New and Old
Testaments (both the persons of the Father and Jesus) Jesus clearly used the symbol of the Rock to
reference Peter’s affirmation: “You are the Christ.” (Mt. 16:16)