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Was Peter the Rock

Was Peter the Rock

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Was Peter the Rock?
³He (Jesus) asked his disciples saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of manam? Some say John the Baptist«or one of the prophets«But whom say ye that Iam? Simon Peter answered, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesussaid, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjonna: for flesh and blood hath not revealed itunto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou artPeter (PETROS) and upon this rock (PETRA) will I build my church«´ Matt.16:13-18.Peter from PETROS means, a piece of rock. John¶s account in 1:40-42 is asfollows: ³«Andrew, Simon Peter¶s brother saith unto him, We have foundMessias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought Peter to Jesus. He(Jesus) said, Thou art Simon (hearing) the son of Jona (a dove): thou shalt becalled Cephas, which by interpretation, is a stone (PETROS ± piece of rock).Cephas, the surname of Peter is from KEPHAS in Greek derived from KEPH inHebrew meaning a hollow rock. So Peter Cephas means a stone, piece of rock or ahollow rock (see Strong¶s/Young¶s concordance).What then of the words, ³upon this rock (PETRA) will I build my church´? Matt.16:18. PETRA is the feminine of PETROS - feminine meaning life-giving, infigurative scripture. PETRA is a mass of rock - mass, a body, as in the messianicbody. Would Christ build a church on a hollow-rock?Peter was a small hollow rock or stone. ³A sower went out to sow his seed«Andsome fell upon a rock (or stony places from PETRODES rocky, stone). As stated³Rock´ derived from PETRA, being feminine, indicates a potential to bring forthnew life. As soon as it, the seed that fell upon stony ground, was sprung up, itwithered away because it lacked moisture (substance). Now here is Peter, when theheat was put on him: - ³A damsel came unto him saying, Thou also was with Jesusof Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.´Matt. 26:69,70. Peter was not the ³Rock´ for he withered and denied Christ.The word ³Rock´ (PETRA) must be investigated.The writers of 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 have something to say about the ³Rock´ butkeep in mind the Scriptures are symbolical writings, using objects to convey
 
spiritual experience. In the story of the Exodus was a cloud that followed them andall passed through the sea. Seas, waters, flood, all refer to peoples. All in theExodus passed through countries of people near Egypt without attack. This is howthe description goes: ³The Lord caused the sea to go back, and made the sea dryland, and the waters were divided.´ Exd. 14:21. ³And did all eat the same spiritualmeat.´ Exd. 16: 5,35. ³And did all drink the same spiritual drink.´ Exd. 17:6 for they drank of that spiritual Rock (PETRA) that followed them: and that Rock wasChrist.´Christ, the faithful witness«to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever Amen.´ - (so be it).Christ is also called ³a living stone´, ³a chief corner stone in Sion,´ ³the stonewhich the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner´. Thesetexts are taken from 1 Pet. 2:4-7. The word ³stone´ is from LITHOS (NOTPETROS) and means a stone (lit. or fig.):- (mill, stumbling-) stone.Ephesians chapter 2 telling of spiritual Jew and Gentile becoming one, writes, ³Butnow in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood(kindred) of Christ«no more strangers«but fellow citizens with the saints«Andare built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner (stone).´ Eph. 2:20. The word ³stone´ is added here bytranslators. Stone in 1 Pet. 2 is LITHOS. Both 1 Pet. 2 and also Eph. 2:20 (addedby translator) is borrowed from Ps. 118:22. ³The stone (which) the builders refusedis become the head (stone) of the corner.´ ³Stone here is Hebrew is EBEYmeaning to build, or the builder.It seems quiet clear that the statement, ³Thou art the Christ, the Son of the livingGod,´ is the ³ROCK´ (PETRA) upon which ³I (Christ) will build my church.´³Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular´ 1 Cor. 12:27.³«Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.´ Eph. 5:23.Christ is our one body, our one Spirit, our one hope, and our one Lord. Eph. 4.Bear in mind the word ³Christ´ is a title, Christ the anointed, messiah, and king.Christ is our Melchisedic king and high priest - King of righteousness, King of peace. What wonderful attributes. Christ is our first begotten of love, the Father of all, bringing forth beneficial substance and a new spiritual way. Redeeminghappiness and prosperity is available for all.

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