“And I say unto you, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gate of hell shall not prevail against it”
When the passion of Jesus was getting close and at Caesera Philippi on his way to Jerusalem with his disciples, he suddenly decided to inquire from them what the opinion of people were about Him. Of course, He got the responses that some people were saying he was John the Baptist, some said he was Elisa and others said Jeremiah or one of the prophets. After this, he requested to know what their own opinion was about Him. To this, Simon Peter replied, that He was the Christ the Son of the living God. Jesus then remarked that the confession made by Peter was inspired by the Spirit of God and that upon it (the rock) he would build his Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. From our text therefore we see that Christ was talking about his future assignment, that is, the building of his Church. Also, we can deduce the purpose of this Church that he was going to build would be, to be at war with the forces of the infernal region which would never be able to overcome it because it is properly built on a solid rock. The Church does not belong to no one but Christ. It is not “an organization” but “an organism” and it is not a physical but a spiritual house made of stones representing individual members of the Church. The foundation of the membership of the Church begins at personal encounter with God, when one acknowledge that he/she is a sinner, repent of one’s sinfulness, accept and confess that Jesus died for one’s sins and placing trust in Christ as one’s Saviour and Lord. The actualization of the picture of what the Church should be comes through the growth and development of its component parts. To build anything takes a process that moves through different stages until that which is being built is fully actualized.
For St. Anne’s Church to be what God wants it to be, the individual members must willingly submit to Christ the builder to work on them as fast as he wants by giving ourselves to diligent hearing and studying of God’s word and by spending more time in prayer and fasting on daily basis, asking God to make them who they ought to be. Let us stop kicking or resisting the will of God. It is time to let him have his way in us. Please note that, we are not fully built up until Christ is able to indwell us to live his life through us (Rom. 12:1-2)
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