Upon This Rock
I was reading one of Michael's posts and took note of a piece of scripture used:
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
When I read the scripture the HolyGhost revealed something to me that I've never seen before.
Jesus asks his Disciples a question; who do you say I am. He wants to know if his disciples know him. Peter answers correctly and it obviously pleases the Lord greatly. Jesus turns to Peter and tells him that He also knows who Peter is. Jesus says you know me and I know you and upon THIS rock I will BUILD my church. Note he does not say create but specifically uses the word BUILD.
A couple of scriptures came to mind while reading Michael's post.
Matthew 7:22 and 23
" Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?"
" And then I will profess unto them, I never KNEW you: depart from me ye that work iniquity."
St Luke 19:10
" For the Son of man is come to seek and save THAT WHICH WAS LOST"
" And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God..."
The fall of man separated us from God for a season. God became man in search for that which was lost...speaking of the first relationship and began to build a church in this new dispensation upon the foundation of relationship.
My question to all who will read this and especially to our Catholic posters:
Do you ever feel as if religion gets in the way of relationship? Religion is a good thing and needed. But is it possible that one could base their entire experience on religion itself? Do we have an intimate relationship with the Lord? Or are we naked?