Founded by Christ
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Christ intended to found a Church. Matthew 16:18 makes it clear, Jesus declared to Simon the Apostle: "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
There is much to be noted in this concise scripture verse. First, we must indicate the name change which takes place - did we detect that? Christ Jesus gives Simon, the name Kepha (Peter).
This is a critical detail, not to be overlooked. For name Changes in scripture denote also a change in the person's role or set-mission.
For instance, in the old testament Abram's name is changed to Abraham which means, "father of a great multitude." This was to signify what God had revealed to Abram: "You are to become the father of a host of nations. No longer shall you be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a host of nations."
Likewise, we see Sarai, the wife of Abram becomes, Sarah, meaning: "mother of nations."
Also in the old testament we have Jacob, who after wrestling with God's angel, becomes, Israel, or "he who has wrestled with God."
In the new testament we find the angel Gabriel who refers to the virgin, not as Mary, but as: "Full of grace." Indicating her impending role as mother of God.
We therefore see, name changes in scripture are indicative of a certain set-mission for those assuming new names.
This leads to the question: What exactly would be Peter's new role, or set-mission?
Tell you what...we'll come back to that. For the moment, let us denote further, Matthew 16:18 (above) reveals it was Christ's intent from the onset to found a church. Furthermore, he knew, also from the onset, exactly upon whom he would found said church.
We know all of this because previously in the gospel of John 1:42, we find the following: "Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Kephas (which is translated Peter)."
In this passage, Christ reveals his premeditated intent to rename Simon. And it stands to reason that if Christ, who knows all, knew of Simon's proximate name change, then he would also be privy as to the purpose for said name change. And indeed, in Matthew 16:18, he lets us in on that purpose. Jesus declares to Simon:
"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church."
Notice Christ does not say, and upon this rock you will build your church. No, he says "upon this rock I will build my Church."
Clearly then, the premeditated purpose for Simon's name change was Christ's founding of His Church. And as one who knew all things, Christ was well aware of his looming crucifixion. He was, therefore, in need of a Representative, the Key Holder of His Church. This would be Peter's new role, or set-mission as Christ prepared for his ominous departure.
Now that we see it was Christ's intent all along to found a church, the question becomes - what church? And we intend to examine that question in our next installment.
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