Reformation starts with "Upon This Rock"
February 9, 2019
BY DAVID HESS
Reformation of the Church will be nothing less than restoring the body back to the fullness of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
To understand this lets investigate some scriptures to determine where this reformation truth will come from and how we can receive it.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
I understand how this scripture alone could somehow be taught that Peter is the Rock, but I will show you how when you interpret the passage correctly you will see this is not about Peter being the rock! lets look closer.
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 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. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Now, forget your prior traditional teachings. Let’s ask the Lord to unveil our eyes to see what Jesus was telling Peter.
17 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. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
First Jesus blessed Simon. He blessed him because he just received a Revelation of Jesus Christ from the Father Himself. Jesus said he received a revelation from Heaven, not from flesh and blood, meaning not from man.
When Jesus said, and I also say, He was injecting something else that was not the actual message. Him changing Peter’s name was a rabbit trail. And I also say, would be like us saying “Oh, and by the way” or “along those lines”
Now let’s understand the difference between Peter name and the Rock.
First let’s look at what Peters new name means in the Greek. G4074 Πέτρος Pétros, pet'-ros; apparently a primary word; a (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle:—Peter, rock. Compare G2786.
Now let’s see what the Rock was we were to build the Church upon. We already see above that Peter was not the rock, but he was a piece of the rock.
4073 pétra (a feminine noun) – "a mass of connected rock," which is distinct from 4074 (Pétros) which is "a detached stone or boulder" (A-S). 4073 (pétra) is a "solid or native rock, rising up through the earth" (Souter) – a huge mass of rock (a boulder), such as a projecting cliff.
Petra is a mass of connected Rock, A Solid foundation and Petros (Peter) was a piece of that Rock. The Lord just told Peter this: Peter you just received a piece of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not from man, not from the internet, not from Bible School, but from the Father in Heaven and upon this solid foundation, (revelations from the Father) my church shall be built.
Jesus changed his name to Peter-Petros, (piece of the Rock) because he heard from the Father and received a piece of the whole Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Most of the new testament has been written from Paul, so who taught Paul? Let’s look in Galatians 1 to receive a better understanding. 11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul is making it very clear that he was receiving Petros from the Father. Pieces of the revelation of Jesus Christ! Paul received more Petros than any other Apostle in the bible and he makes it clear he neither was taught from man nor did he receive it from man! But it was through the Revelation of Jesus Christ!