Upon This Rock


By Pastor Jeff,

Matthew 16:13-19, “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 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. 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 you hear the word Rock, what do you think of?

Verse 18 from the amplified says this, “And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].”

What in your mind is the most firm, unmovable, undisputable doctrine in the word of God? 1Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

The Revelation of who Jesus is, “God in Flesh!” This doctrine is what separates the nominal church from the church built upon the rock!

So how is this associated with the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven?

Once we understand who Jesus is, we can bind evil Acts 16:18, “And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” What Name?
Is it enough to use the name of Jesus? Acts 19:13-16, “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

It was clear form the beginning of Jesus ministry that he offended the religious of the day and was accused of using the power of the devil to cast out devils…
Matthew 12:28-30, “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

After we bind evil, we have power to let loose the power of God which leads to deliverance from sin, Roman 6:22-23, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The keys we have been given are powerful, but without the knowledge of who Jesus is, they don’t have the eternal effect for it is not built upon the Rock!
John 14:8-14, “Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

We often say when we meet others of different religious beliefs that there is no denying who Jesus Christ is, right! Then why do they fall on men’s traditions in baptizing in the titles “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?” The earliest reliable source of using the Father, Son, and Holy ghost is in the second century; so did they suddenly become smarter that the original Apostles?
Did they get a better understanding of scripture?

No they jumped off the “Rock”!

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Stand on the Rock

       By Pastor Mike

I want you to really think about this. What are you standing on? How strong are you rooted in JESUS. Are you standing on sand, dirt, mud, quicksand? Or are you standing on what could be the worst thing and that’s the fence. The fence is probably the worst thing to stand on because it could be scariest. If you’re on the fence and leaning to the wrong side, will it take you down and live for the world or live your life to satisfy your friends. Or satisfy you.

1 Corinthians 10:3-4

And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

The sayings JESUS is talking about are all the parables HE told all of the people. People relate to stories. We need to do everything JESUS tells us to in HIS WORD. Stand strong on the Rock. Live your life on the Rock. It’s all about standing on JESUS.

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

If you’re not on the Rock and standing on the Word of GOD and Living for JESUS the fall will be a great one. Don’t walk the fence. Stand on the Rock. It’s always better to live for JESUS. That’s how you’re gonna make it to heaven.

The Rock that JESUS built HIS church on is the Truth on who HE is and HE is the KING of kings and LORD of lords. HE is our Saviour and our GOD.

The devil and his imps want to destroy us by keeping our minds off of JESUS. When this happens we can become complacent. We can make coming to GOD’S church a checklist. We can start walking the fence and that’s dangerous.

You can’t afford to be complacent. This is serious business. All of eternity is at stake. We know it’s all about choices. And it’s choices we make to where we’ll end up forever. Choose you this day. We all gotta decide if we take our relationship with JESUS seriously. You decide to build your house on the solid foundation of GOD’s Word. JESUS tells us how HE feels about this.

Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Be on fire for JESUS. The cold ones at least know that they are not serving GOD. They are honest about where they at. The lukewarm Christians are the ones that think they’re truly serving GOD, but they’re only going through the motions. In HIS letter to the church in Laodicea, JESUS says that if you are lukewarm, HE will vomit you out of HIS mouth! You need to choose to be hot for JESUS all the time. Being lukewarm or cold is building your house on the sand and it won’t be long until it falls down. You need to hear the Word of GOD, then choose to obey it, and apply it in your everyday life. Don’t resist going to deeper levels. Raise your level of desire to know JESUS.

You’ll never go wrong following JESUS. Those who build their house upon the Rock, are those who get the knowledge of the truth. They hate what is evil, and grab a hold to what’s good. The Word should be first place in your life. You can’t sit on both sides of the fence. You stand up and say like Joshua did, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). Don’t be moved or swayed by the opinions of man. Stand firm on the Word of GOD. GOD and HIS Word are one and the same! And HIS name is JESUS. Don’t stand on the fence. Stand on the Rock.

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