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