On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not be victorious against it. Matthew 16:18
Jesus asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" So they all began to say who other people thought He was and He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered Him and said, "You are the Christ, (The anointed One) the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven."
Peter had just received a revelation from the very throne of God revealing who Jesus was, and He said that on that rock, not Peter, but divine revelation, His church would be built! The church of Jesus Christ is not a place to go, but a supernatural expression of Him in the earth, an assembly of born again, Spirit filled saints of God, with one common interest to represent the kingdom of God on earth! The body of Christ must stand on that which is revealed to them through the revelation of the word of the living God.
The assembly of God is not an organization, denomination or a social club, it is a divine being, created in Christ Jesus for good works, to fulfill the vision of God's heavenly kingdom on earth. Comprised of new creations in Christ, empowered and indwelt with His Spirit, the body of Christ is the most powerful entity in the world, able to defeat the powers of darkness and perform miraculous acts of supernatural God given works.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right (authority) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:12-14
THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven." Matthew 16:19
Imagine the wealth of the spiritual treasury of Heaven, vast resources of divine weapons, spiritual gifts, power and authority, not to mention those things we have never seen! Like receiving the key to a city, the body of Christ has been given the keys to the kingdom of God.
The will of God is to bring the kingdom of Heaven to earth and even His word states it when He said, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." God has given through the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ the very empowerment for this to be accomplished. The power of Holy Spirit was sent for this very purpose to give us all that was needed to expand Heaven's splendor around the world and to harvest the souls of men from the darkness of this age!
In the parable of the talents, Jesus told of giving wealth to be multiplied by those whom He trusted and said He would return for the increase. How many of us have multiplied what He has given us? If you say He didn't give you anything, you are deceived, He gave us eternal life, the weapons of spiritual war, the power and anointing of Holy Spirit, the gifts of His Spirit and He has given us His word! We have the keys, what shall we open with them? The vault of Heaven holds endless supplies, freely given to those who believe and receive the responsibility to use them!
His Lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:23
A HOUSE BUILT UPON THE ROCK
"Therefore whoever hears these words of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: "and the rain descended, the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock." Matthew 7:24,25
The Word of God is the rock on which we stand, not the written word, but the revelation of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our rock, He is the very foundation that our spiritual dwelling is built upon, our relationship of trust and devotion to Him will calm the storms of life and direct us in paths of righteousness, protecting us from the winds of false doctrine.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only foundation for spirituality that mankind can stand upon, the only One in whom we are saved and delivered from damnation and the only God in whom we put our trust! If you have built on a denomination or an organization or have trusted in any man-made institution you are deceived and being led by a spirit of anti-Christ. The way is narrow that leads to life and few ever find the true entrance to eternal life in Christ Jesus!
In these trying times of tribulation, with terror threatening our very existence, our only hope is the solid rock of the Lord Jesus Christ, our protector, provider and Lord over the whole earth. There is no One who cares for us more than He, who sits upon the throne of the Most High interceding for us who have put our trust in Him!
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
Edward Mote, 1834
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin