In Matthew 16:15-20 we read that Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered and said, “That art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus responds to Peter saying, “Upon this rock I will build My church.”
I believe Jesus was saying that He will build His church upon this confession, that He is Christ.
Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
To confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, of everything in my life, all of my circumstance, my Spirit, soul, and body, my relationships, is the salvation of my life.
To believe in my heart that God has raised Him from the dead for this purpose, that He might be Lord of all, results in righteousness I my life.
Peter’s second confession of this truth came in the form of a sermon he preached as recorded for us in Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ – this Jesus whom you crucified.”
In Philippians 2:9-16 the Holy Spirit proclaims this truth to us and the goes on to declare the salvation it brings into our life.
Vs. 14 ” Do all things without grumbling or disputing.”
When I confess that Jesus is Lord over every circumstance in my life, then I can truly from my heart, do all things without complaining.
Jesus also said upon this confession He will build His church.
In Romans 14:7-12 this same confession is recorded in the context of our relationships with each other as brothers and sisters of Christ.
Romans 14:10 warns us not to judge one another or regard each other with contempt.
Vs 9 ” For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
When Jesus is not only the forgiver of our sins, but we submit to Him as the Lord of our lives in the Church, the gates of hell shall not overpower this church.