Prayer


Although I’d like to dissect the Word of God more in this blog, I find that I can’t help but use this form of writing to project what is going on with me as well. It is the reason I started it in the beginning. In a way it isn’t about “me”, so much as it is where God is taking me. Everything I write is about His goodness to me, in me and through me. I am so gratefully blessed to be alive in this time. So, what brings me to this post?

Prayer. For those of you who read this can you honestly say you give enough attention to communication with God? One thing I’ve learned about “pray without ceasing” is that I’m constantly open to allowing God to speak to me even if my mind is far away into something I’m doing. It’s one way I know He’s trying to get my attention. God speaks to me at times when I’m least expecting it. How do I know, you ask? Have you been doing or thinking about one thing and suddenly something else interjects itself into your thoughts. When I do I sometimes go “huh?!” Weighing what it was will usually lead me to something God is speaking to me about. You know you sometimes have to decern the spirit that speaks.

Prayer is conversational. I think my prayer life suffered most of my life because I thought it was a one-way talk. I petitioned God and then stepped away and waited for His answer. If I’d have stayed in position and calmed my speech and listened, don’t you suppose He would talk back? It was when I learned this that I began to have a normal everyday conversation as if I were talking to someone in front of me. God does talk to me. He talks to you. Do you stop and listen?

One thing I’m learning lately is there is another way God calls me to prayer. It’s a prayer of intercession. I have no idea why or for whom that may be. It’s a much deeper prayer in the heavenly language I possess. My spirit literally feels bigger than life as I pray out for whatever it is He wants done. My body actually surrenders to the spirit. My soul stills its self. All inside of me gets quiet and my spirit and His go to war in the spiritual realm. I can feel the forcefulness of it. It reminds me of David as he RAN towards Goliath with sling in hand. We are doing battle through my entity.

Now there are other times when God speaks to me and it’s to engage someone else. Take this morning for instance. I was walking into Walmart the same time as a man with a cane was hobbling in. God spoke to me about Him and I said back, I won’t engage him right now. He said okay and I went on in. I worked my way around the store and as I was coming back up there he was with his cart and he said good morning and nodded and I said something back and that was it. We engaged. I found out his name was Linwood Straughn (sic). I found out he was a Christian man, and my neighbors are his friends. They go to church together. He’d had a stroke twelve years ago and he still deals with some things, but he feels well enough to get on with life. We talked about God and Bible principles and after a bit we both agreed to break it off and go finish what we came for or we’d have been there all day. I encouraged him and he gave me strength in our conversation and I went on my way. I’ll see him again. I don’t know the reason of our meeting as total strangers and walking away as brothers, but I’m sure, as I said, I’ll see him again. God put him in my path today.

Never pass up the opportunity. Talk to God, but be sure to listen as well.

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A Short Note


The thought below is an excerpt from a previous post of mine.  It was just on my mind writeratworktoday.  I was remembering what the Pastor said on Saturday evening during ordination.  The same thing that I said below from sometime last summer.

I’ve never been able to understand a called-of-God minister pop up one day and say they are retiring.  Being called of God to the ministry is like marriage.  Do you for one instant think of retiring from marriage?  I hope not.  Some of us have our circumstances in life that prevent us from a life-long marriage to one person, but if we are married and intent to make it a life-long commitment there is no retiring.

That connection is a bringing of two together to make one.

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I Remember The Day


I remember the day

When my wife would say

How do you hear from God?

That seems so odd.

I said prayer is talking.

Meditation is to listen

Conversation starts forming

It’s a two way street.

Talk, then listen.

He will speak.

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In the beginning of my wife’s walk with God, I had already been talking and walking with God for decades. She had been in denominational churches that didn’t necessarily say anything about a conversational God. Most will pray. They don’t expect God to talk back, only listen.

I told her to pray, but to listen as well. It was a novel idea to her. Not that’s she’s dense or something. In fact, she a very intelligent person. My brother described her as quirky, but that’s another story for another day. I’d say she’s curious and apt to search a thing for it’s truth and relativity in her thinking.

The first time I told to her to listen, she came back a few days later and told me God did speak to her that she had “the key”. She was puzzled for weeks, maybe months then one day we were at the funeral of a friend of ours and through the minister she found “the key”. It was simply Jesus. She’s like “duh”.

She was still a bit puzzled at God speaking to a person. I just told her not to think in the “thees”, “thous” and such of the old English such as the King James Version of the Bible. Just talk to Him in everyday speech. God and I talk anytime He wants my attention or I have a moment to tell Him I’m thinking about Him or have a question. Have you ever been just doing whatever and all of a sudden some thought comes from out of left field, so to speak? Did you realize that was God talking or trying to get your attention? Well?

God has encouraged me through our conversations (another word for prayer). He had scolded me likewise in conversation. We’ve laughed together, cried together and I’ve even listened to Him as He told me what to say to a person I’m conversing with. It’s a bit like having an ear piece in your ear like a person in a cop show as he goes in for the sting and the cops are in a van out on the street are telling him what to say. You get the idea.

Well, Libby came home yesterday and she was telling me she was talking to God about a particular situation with our lives and surprisingly God said back to her this. “Why do you ask Me this? There’s nothing lacking in you and Jim’s lives with Me.” Well, something of that order as I heard it. He kind of scolded her for asking something of Him we don’t really need. I would admit that I have asked God for the same thing and it hasn’t changed. So I guess I could take it as towards me as well, since she was passing it along to me.

Then suddenly I realized something. From years ago till now, Libby has developed the ability to hear from God and then speak back to Him very matter-of-factly. She’s no longer a young babe in Christ. She can talk and hear from Him. That was a revelation to me. I am so pleased with this little light that I saw.

I had a first grader on my bus say something to me about God “up there”. He was pointing up. I asked him did God say something. He pointed up again and said God is up there. He never said anything about Him speaking. I looked at him and said God does indeed lives “up there”, but He also lives in here, pointing to my chest. He looked at me and said “really?” I said yes. And He talks to me directly, right here, again pointing to my chest. The little boy then said God lives in me, too. I had planted a seed inside of him. Let’s see how it grows.

No matter who you talk to, plant those seeds of thought in them. Somebody is sure to come by and water it. Watch then as God brings forth the increase.

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It Is Finished!


John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

IT IS FINISHED!

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance states: Christ satisfied God’s justice by dying for all to pay for the sins of the elect. These sins can never be punished again since that would violate God’s justice. Sins can only be punished once, either by a substitute or by yourself. The “once” here speaks of sin in general, not if you do something like cuss twice in the same week when you slam a hammer on your thumb a couple of times. That only means you’re a bad carpenter and need more practice.

Christ, being our substitute died for us. Otherwise, we are sentenced to die.

The word “finished” means to perform the last act which completes a process. Jesus completed the process whereby God can once again walk in and with His people who profess their faith in Him.

The Mosaic Law was fulfilled. Now instead of the blood of bulls and goats to atone for sin on a yearly basis, we now have the blood of Jesus that has atoned for the sin of all mankind for evermore. Blood, here, is the Greek word “aima”, pronounced hah’-ee-mah. In its description in Strong’s it delineates this usage as the atoning blood of Christ; by implication, bloodshed.

Where do we as understanding Christians stand in this completion?

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee,

This is specifically speaking of Jeremiah. But the thought remains that God knew him before he was in the womb.

Luke 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

So. Even in the womb, the child can hear and understand what’s going on as evidenced by Elizabeth towards Mary.

The key verse to this writing is Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

The word “us” in this verse means exactly what it says. . . “us” You and me.

Word: katabolh  is the Greek word for “foundation”.

Pronounce: kat-ab-ol-ay’

Strongs Number: G2602

Orig: from 2598; a deposition, i.e. founding; figuratively, conception:–conceive, foundation. G2598

Use: TDNT-3:620,418 Noun Feminine

Heb Strong:
1) a throwing or laying down
1a) the injection or depositing of the virile semen in the womb
1b) of the seed of plants and animals
2) a founding (laying down a foundation)

This is why I like studying words. Think for a moment in how God thinks. God thinks outside of time. Even in Jewish customary thinking they have only two time tenses. Past and future, although you can peg a spot in the line in between the two, even though we would not know where when that is since we really think about it something like “right now”.

“. . .He hath chosen us IN Him BEFORE the foundation of the world.

Word: kosmoj

Pronounce: kos’-mos

Strongs Number: G2889

Orig: probably from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively (morally)):–adorning, world. G2865

Use: TDNT-3:868,459 Noun Masculine

Heb Strong: H134 H3627 H4639 H5716 H5716 H6635 H8499 H8597

1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’ , as the ornament of the heavens. 1Pe 3:3
3) the world, the universe
4) the circle of the earth, the earth
5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family
6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly
7a) the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
8) any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort
8a) the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Ro 11:12 etc)
8b) of believers only, John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 1Co 4:9; 2Co 5:19

Note that if we were in Him before the foundation of the world, when He died we were forgiven when He said “It is finished”. He wrapped our gift of salvation already given at the time He gave up the ghost. We were fore-given another words. We were forgiven in Him. As I see it to give a gift means it has to have our name on it. We don’t just hand out gifts at Christmas randomly. We give them to friends and family whose names are written on that gift that is theirs. Now. All we have to do is accept the gift He so graciously gave us. It contains our salvation with all its power over sin. All we have to do to receive it is confess the sin in our life from the first Adam. He is just to forgive us. Jesus has already forgiven you and your name was added to the Book of Life.

What happens to those who do not come to a realization of the saving grace of Jesus Christ? David’s writing of the Psalms asked for their removal that do not heed the Lord.

Psalm 69:28 (KJV)

Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Psalm 109:13

Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.

How simple is salvation? It’s by acknowledging He has already written your name in the Book of Life when He said “It is finished”.

How do you remain lost and undone in sin? By not accepting the gift. When you come before judgment, your name will not be found because you refused the gift with your name on it. The name was taken off of the gift when it became apparent you did not receive or refused it.

To close this out. All you have to do is realize that the sin of the first Adam has been reversed by the crucifixion of Jesus. At that time His gift of an everlasting overcoming life had your name written in it. Don’t refuse it. Today is the day you can ask. And you will receive the indwelling presence of Him who afforded you eternal life



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For There is No Condemnation


I’m finding out later in life deeper meaning to scripture. We’re all told by someone that they’ve read a scripture many times in their life and then suddenly one day it jumps out and grabs their heart. Well?

Romans 8:1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

There is therefore NOW no condemnation. How can one judge without a sentence of condemnation? If there is no condemnation, there is no judgment.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

  • For what the law of the old covenant could not allow for one to do was . . .

Walk after the Spirit. v4

Obtain life and peace. v6

Allow the Spirit of God can dwell in you. v9

Have righteousness within you. v10

Quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. v11

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

What brings us to the place Paul explains about above? No condemnation alludes to the fact that God loves us unconditionally. Look at all the things we have done. Not a pretty picture. Many children have been disappointments to their parents and we are no different in the state of humanity to God. But yet, He loves us still.

What did He do to fix the chasm between Him and us?

John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

That giving was death of His Son. How many would do this? He did it to redeem us from our old nature of sin and death that cannot be righted by the Mosaic law as described in the Pentateuch.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

What was finished? That’s where I want to really go with this teaching. There will be more to follow so come back in the next few days when I will have had time to write more on what was finished.



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Culmination


From the age of 13 I knew I was called to the ministry. I would lie in my bed at night and preach to the dark ceiling in my bedroom before turning over to sleep. I had not even made a confession of salvation at that point, but I grew up in a family that believed in going to church and I was there from the earliest of my remembrances.

I remember my mom taught my toddler class. We sat at small tables in small chairs in a small room in a neighborhood called Small, near Aurora, and would learn Bible stories and then cut n paste or color. Some of my earliest childhood I can surprisingly remember. As I grew to become a teen, I sat in my youth class that was taught by my grandmother. I was in this class until I was practically out of high school.

I was in the youth choir. At the age of 16 I finally let go of the the trim on the back of the pew in front of me and walked to the front and gave my heart to Jesus during a revival around June 9th 1966. My mom was so proud. Her dad was a long time Baptist evangelist turned pastor until he retired due to his health. He became my example.

Don’t go thinking all this was happening to a squeaky clean teenager. There was a lot of shenanigans that went on that potentially could have landed me in Juvie or jail. But that’s another story for another time.

Then at age 19, the Army got me for Vietnam. God had other plans, though. I was stationed in Germany for 19 months, but was cut five for an early out. Still, I was told even if I didn’t go to Vietnam, I was still considered a Veteran of the Vietnam Era. I will say that I went willingly to do whatever was required of me. But God had other plans.

From then till I was 26 or 27 I floundered about in life with no real aim. My first wife and I made a feeble attempt to go to church after her mom died, but it flopped more than a fish on a pier and it died, too. When I reached 27, though, God had me in a pickle. He started dealing with me over commitment. It started slow. At first I was what I called a “Home Baptist”. That’s right. I sat at home on Sunday morning and watched Pastor Jerry Falwell. His contribution to my growth was his recommendation of a Thompson Chain Reference Bible, a Vines Expository Dictionay and a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

In 1977 I made a promise to God that I would serve Him and He took me up on it. He sat me in an Assemblies of God church, with salvation reaffirmed and baptized in the Holy Ghost. My life changed dramatically. The call to preach was back on me strong. Even with that, I was still deathly afraid of public speaking. There is so much to tell in between all I’m saying here and perhaps I’ll expand on it later, but not now for sake of brevity.

During the time with the AG church I heard this man teaching on a Christian radio station. Not only did he say a lot of things that clarified what was happening in my life, but he also tweaked my “religious” beliefs to the point I got angry with him and refused to listen to him on his radio program for several months while I tried to disprove some of his teaching. I’d already found some of what he taught to be expounded by others in a book I picked up in Cox’s Christian Book Store in Wilmington. That upset me as well, before I ever heard this man’s teaching.

What I didn’t realize at the time was God had this provocation put me in motion to not only read, but study in depth. The Word came alive to me during this time of solitude with Him and all that I tried to disprove became the factor that made me realize I was wrong. I had to change. That is a difficult process.

After about five or six months a couple of elderly ladies I knew invited me to go see him in a church in Brunswick County and I reluctantly went. His teaching was on the Kingdom of God, What It Is, Where It Is and The Ruler-ship of God over it. It forever changed me again. I ate it up.

For 30 plus years I was a part of the ministry of this man. He was and still holds some of the most profound teaching anyone will ever experience. He was a friend, but not a close friend. He and I were so much different. He was a driven person, I was more laid back, but we both dug into the Word as deep as we could. That scared people. Namely my family. My dad had told my brothers to not engage me in Christian conversation. I lost friends over it.

I wrote a couple of tracts, but for the most part I was, and still am, a musician. I played in the church band for 25 years. I ran the church print shop for sixteen years keeping 45 books in stock. I produced cover designs, printed newsletters, posters and materials for the Christian school we had. I worked the sound board when I wasn’t playing. Eventually I was ordained as a deacon in the church and was assigned duties as a Care Pastor to a portion of the congregation. I counseled with my people. Helped them get their bills paid so they didn’t go without. I also conducted the funeral of one of my people in my care. I preached outside the house once, but all other times I preached in-house. Oh, way back in the 80’s when I was to minister my first time I was still deathly afraid of crowds, but while in the prayer room before that first time, God spoke to me. It freed me from the faces of men completely and I began to laugh. I went out that night and ministered a good Word on God Is Building a House. Can’t say the delivery was even close to good, though. That takes time to improve upon.

Then came the darkest of days for me in my mid-fifties. I feel from grace. I became burned out. I lost the most valuable of lessons. It wasn’t until well after the loss of my dignity, marriage and a lot of money that I came to realize that the reason I was diagnosed with severe depression and suffering from anxiety attacks was because I was too busy doing instead of being. It’s been a long road back. I remember one thing a preacher once said. Everything that has happened to you, good or bad, is something God can turn into rocket fuel to propel you into the future He’s prepared for you. I had a lot of rocket fuel.

I did a lot of things wrong, but God turned it around. He’s given me a new wife. A Godly wife, who is on par with me. She taught me unconditional love. She is God’s gift to me that saved my life from the pit.

We started attending church together and we grew in the humbleness of a Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in the beginning. We were married there. We still love the people there, but God moved us on to another church where my wife grew exponentially. Then He pulled the feathers out of that nest, as an eagle does to get the eaglets to be uncomfortable enough to try their wings.

I had been searching for the door to ministering again for about the last five years. God gives me titles to messages and some understanding of it, but I never was given opportunity. The door remained closed until last September. I never suspected we’d end up in a fresh new congregation that was a result of the previous two other ministries in the same building where I spent 30 years.

After hurricane Florence I stopped in to see what extent of damage was done to the building and met the new pastor. I felt a kinship immediately. He’s a young man of 25 years old, but with a wisdom that is developing and will be something to watch as he grows. God spoke to my wife and I to attend there and that is where we are now. Kingdom Culture Church.

I asked nothing of the pastor. He offered nothing to me other than a place to come and worship freely. Lib and I felt God moving in every service. We call it our home for the rest of our lives. I told Pastor that. He and I can talk openly and freely. I haven’t had that since my pastor from the AG church in the 70’s.

Now. The surprise to my cries. I’ve felt to search for the open door to my complete restoration. It came this week. I’d already been placed on the Bible Study roster and will be teaching the 28th of February, but I got a text asking me was I ordained. I said I was only ordained as a deacon by Praise Tabernacle Ministries years ago. The person who texted asked me would I accept ordination from KCC. I gave it a couple of days to sink in. Then I accepted this invitation. There was no expectation on my part, but God has finally decided I’m ready for a new level. As I sat in Bible Study Thursday night a woman I know that was in the ministry at PTM took my hand and leaned forward and spoke to me that God was about to promote me quickly. I asked was she aware of any conversations I’d had with the Pastor. She said no, she has been sick, which I can attest to since she’d been hospitalized and is slowly recovering now. It was my final confirmation I’m on the right track.

All my life I’ve known this would come to pass. All that has happened good and bad, has fired off the rocket fuel to the 2nd of February when I will be ordained into the ministry. From life’s experiences I’ve been qualified. My studies and school for ministry in the early 80’s have qualified me. Even the bad things have qualified me. I am touched deeply at God’s decision and calling on me. As I read the biography of George Muller many years ago, I saw he didn’t start his traveling ministry till he was about my age and he preached in many places for about twenty years afterward. He lived into his nineties. That speaks to me. I still have issues, but God has the answers to those issues. It’s my part to obey. . .and the answers will come.

If you, who reads this, finds you’ve lived as best you could, yet feel you have failed in some way, big or small, take heart. I didn’t write this for my own glory. It’s for the glory of God. I was reminded, too, on Thursday evening that God’s purpose and bringing it about are bigger than my ability to fail. If you think one minute you’ve failed, you’re wrong. Give it up, because God’s ability to bring you into your calling is bigger. That’s what this writing is all about.

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Who Do You Say I Am?


A couple of months ago, I was asked would I agree to being placed on the rotation for Bible Studies on Thursday evenings. My turn would/will come in February. I humbly said I would like to do so.

For those in attendance of this Bible Study I feel there must be some degree of introduction, since my wife and I are fairly new to this particular ministry.

The first time I met Pastor Tim, I felt an immediate connection. There had been some trepidation on my part because I was a part of the original church that was housed in the building that this new ministry meets in for some 30 years.

But with this connection to Pastor Tim, I felt the answer to the questions and discussions I’d had with God over whether I was done with ministry as I thought or was I to minister again as I had heard God say. Since the dark days of my life ten years ago when my first marriage failed I had to endure the slow walk back to this point in time. I left the church back then after discussion with the second pastor of that time.

I’ve told Libby I had begun to sense I was to minister again. That sense had been gone a long time.

I must introduce to you the new revised edition of James Rowe. It started out kind of jokingly when I started working in the IT department at the Naval Hospital that I could no longer use the name “Larry” since they already had one. So I said for them to call me James. It later came to Jim. The sad part to me was by the time I retired I was referred to as Mr. Rowe. It was respectful, I suppose, but at the time I only equated it to becoming old.

But over time, this name change became a moniker to show I lost the identity of who I was. God has shown me I’m no longer the man I was way back then. I am a broken man. My own mistakes broke me. All I can say is that God has turned what seemed to be a bad choice around into what has actually saved my life. Libby has been the perfect example to me of unconditional love. She’s encouraged me. She’s not put limitations on me to be who I feel I should be. I could not love anyone more than I love her, simply because I give God the credit for her being in my life as a gift from Him.

That name thing has presented a dilemma for those who knew me back in the day and to those who have only recently gotten to know me. Let me gently say to all. Call me Jim. I’m not the person I used to be.

In His ministry Jesus was in the business of introducing people to His Father. We know His ministry was clouded in a mystery in a way. It’s apparent not everyone knew who He was.

Matthew 16:13-20 New International Version (NIV)

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Some thought He was as the scripture states. No one consensus defined who He was. Other than scripture stating that He was the incarnate part of God the Father, many knew little of His being. His existence.

When Peter answered that He was the Messiah, the Son of the living God, Jesus stated that the revelation of this to Peter was correct. Many say that the church would be built on Peter’s answer, but to be honest the rock that is spoken about here is interpreted in two ways.

The debate rages over whether “the rock” on which Christ will build His church is Peter, or Peter’s confession that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” (Matthew 16:16). In all honesty, there is no way for us to be 100% sure which view is correct. The grammatical construction allows for either view. The first view is that Jesus was declaring that Peter would be the “rock” on which He would build His church. Jesus appears to be using a play on words. “You are Peter (petros) and on this rock (petra) I will build my church.” Since Peter’s name means rock, and Jesus is going to build His church on a rock – it appears that Christ is linking the two together. God used Peter greatly in the foundation of the church. It was Peter who first proclaimed the Gospel on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-47). Peter was also the first to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 10:1-48). In a sense, Peter was the rock “foundation” of the church.

The other popular interpretation of the rock is that Jesus was referring not to Peter, but to Peter’s confession of faith in verse 16: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Jesus had never explicitly taught Peter and the other disciples the fullness of His identity, and He recognized that God had sovereignly opened Peter’s eyes and revealed to him who Jesus really was. His confession of Christ as Messiah poured forth from him, a heartfelt declaration of Peter’s personal faith in Jesus. It is this personal faith in Christ which is the hallmark of the true Christian. Those who have placed their faith in Christ, as Peter did, are the church. Peter expresses this in 1 Peter 2:4 when he addressed the believers who had been dispersed around the ancient world: “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

I lean more to the idea that Jesus is the Rock. Peter made a correct statement of this, yet Peter’s name meaning “rock” likewise cannot be denied. I just simply look at God as a many faceted God and we can look at this scripture in either way.

A side note here is that I’m a musician. Been so since I was fifteen. One thing I’ve learned about music, for me at least, is that I can see music in dimensions much similar to looking at the line drawing of a 3-d box. Some say you see it from the bottom, others say you see it from the top, yet it’s still a box no matter how you look at it.

So if you see Peter as the focal point of this revelation, so be it, but I think Peter acknowledged that Jesus is the rock or stone that is the cornerstone of which the church was to be built. A cornerstone removed from a building will cause its collapse. So to me it has to be the revelation that Jesus is the Rock.

Psalm 18:2 King James Version (KJV)

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalm 118:22

The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.

Matthew 21:42

Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

Jesus came for a manifold reason, but I’ll only speak of two. First and foremost it was to reconcile man to God by His one-time sacrifice. But He was also into showing man who the Father is. He did it by example.

John 14:9

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Jesus’ main thrust in ministry was to show the world His father, that being God. I wonder some times that this may be the reason why when He’d heal someone, He’d say to go and tell no one so as to know draw attention to Himself or as stated upon the revelation of Him by Peter where He directed the disciples to not reveal what He had spoken of.

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