On this Rock I will Build my Church : The Foundation of Truth

On this Rock I will Build my Church

This verse is so often used to state that Jesus / Yeshua was declaring that Peter was the head of the church, but that very statement should shock any believer in Messiah.   Who is the chief cornerstone? Who is the foundation of the church?  Is it Yeshua of Nazareth being the Messiah or is it Peter?  Let’s look at that exchange between Yeshua and Peter:

Mat 16:13  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?
Mat 16:14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
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 Barjona: 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 (G4074), and upon this rock (G4073)  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.

G4074
Πέτρος
Petros
pet’-ros
Apparently a primary word; a (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle: – Peter, rock. Compare G2786.

G4073
πέτρα
petra
pet’-ra
Feminine of the same as G4074; a (mass of) rock (literally or figuratively): – rock.

Thus Peter is a small rock, while the understanding that Yeshua is the living son of God is the Bolder on which is the foundation of the church.

You know the people grappled with the same questions then that we do today.  Who is God?  Who is Yeshua?  Thus, it was no surprise they were talking about what the people were saying, and we see that Peter understands that Yeshua is the Messiah sent by God to redeem the world.  That is the foundation of truth.  That is the truth of who Yeshua is, and he is the chief cornerstone that sets the foundation.  It was not Peter who was the foundation, for that would destroy the fact Yeshua is the foundation.

What do we know of Peter?  We know he was a passionate man, easily roused to fight, and that he also denied Yeshua three times.   He was heartbroken at his betrayal, and forgiven, but did Yeshua warn Peter later after he rose from the dead?  Did Yeshua see a problem for Peter in the future?  I believe he did, and I also believe Peter fell into deception as revealed by John.  I am in no way judging Peter’s soul, salvation, or standing as an Apostle chosen by Messiah.  I am saying though that it is the teachings of Messiah that matter and any teachings by man which go against Messiah’s words are lies and to be thrown out no matter who says them.

Joh 21:15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (G25) thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (g5368) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (G25) thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love (g5368) thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Joh 21:17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (g5368) thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest (g5368) thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love (g5368) thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Joh 21:18  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

You cannot miss this intimate conversation Yeshua is having with Peter.  The Strong’s Concordance explains the difference in these words as denoted by the number assigned to them above:

G5368
φιλέω
phileō
fil-eh’-o
From G5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), that is, have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while G25 is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as G2309 and G1014, or as G2372 and G3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); specifically to kiss (as a mark of tenderness): – kiss, love.

Some say it does not matter that the words are different, but then why are different words used?  There are other words in the bible that have one word in English but two in the Greek such as the use of “Word”.  Does it matter?  Well, you look and yes this fits in with this study.

There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated word in the New Testament. The first, logos, refers principally to the total inspired Word of God and to Jesus, Who is the living Logos.

The following passages of Scripture give examples of the logos of God:

  • “In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word [logos] was with God, and the Word [logos] was God” (John 1:1).

  • “The seed is the word [logos] of God” (Luke 8:11).

  • “Holding forth the word [logos] of life” (Philippians 2:16).

  • “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word [logos] of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).

  • “For the word [logos] of God is quick, and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12).

  • “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word [logos] of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23).

Rhema—The Spoken Word

The second primary Greek word that describes Scripture is rhema, which refers to a word that is spoken and means “an utterance.” A rhema is a verse or portion of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.

Every word of God is inspired, and “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit Who illuminates particular Scriptures for application in a daily walk with the Lord.

The words of Jesus are significant on this point. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [rhema] that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus also stated, “The words [rhema] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

When God gives a rhema for us to act upon, He often confirms it by a second rhema, that It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. ” (John 8:17).

Thus, we see that Yeshua is the Logos made flesh revealing the meaning of the logos via rhema knowledge. One is head knowledge and the other is heart knowledge, but if you only have heart knowledge and don’t know the written word (Logos) then you cannot test what is said to you by a so called “Teacher” of the word.

G3056
λόγος
logos
log’-os
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation

G4487
ῥῆμα
rhēma
hray’-mah
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever: – + evil, + nothing, saying, word.

Peter did not agape Yeshua, and later he is drawn away as were John Mark and Barnabas by Paul who was a scripture lawyer of the highest caliber.  There is a reason the Pharisees sent him out to persecute the Messianic Jews (Christians did not exist at that time for almost all believers were of the house of Israel who accepted Yeshua as the promised Messiah.)  As the word went out, the disciples following the commission of our Lord to spread the gospel did so, it was not a mandate to one or two but for all of them to do so.   They were to spread the word that Messiah had come and preach repentance of sin and salvation in the blood of Yeshua baptizing all who believed and praying for the in filling of the Holy Spirit to give them that Rhema knowledge.   This knowing will draw one to have their conscience pricked when one errs.

Act 5:34  Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

Act 22:3  I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

Peter was a fisherman.  He was no scripture lawyer, and most of the apostles were salt of the earth men.  Matthew may have been the most educated, but do you think the disciples sat around scripture lawyers studying Torah as Paul did?  How easy would it have been for Paul who never heard Yeshua teach to start changing the truth of the Rhema shared by Yeshua?  Imagine the joy at Paul’s so-called conversion and how he would have been welcomed by them, only some saw through him and had many bitter words with him.  Ultimately, John Mark and Barnabas left Paul which should tell you much.  We see no other places in the writings of the Apostles that they were rejected by anyone as false, but Paul repeatedly had to claim he was not a liar and was an Apostle.  Many point to Peter endorsing Paul as proof that Paul was a true apostle of Yeshua, but it appears Peter was wrong, as were John Mark, Barnabas, and Luke.  Most people actually think Luke was one of the 12 Apostles chosen by Yeshua because he wrote one of the gospels, but it is not so.   Yeshua knew Peter.  Yeshua warned him, and if you look deeper into Yeshua’s questioning of Peter you can see that Yeshua knew there was going to be a problem.

We know of the ideas of spiritual maturity of the young, adolescent, and old.  We also know of clothing being a description of our armor to fight the evil one.  I believe Jesus asking Peter if he loved him three times and Peter answering yes is a clue what Jesus saw in Peter’s future.  You see, Jesus warned the disciples of false teachings that would lead them astray after his assention.  Jesus asked Peter two times if he Agape him, and Peter answered that he phileo Jesus.   The third time Jesus asked if he phileo him and Peter downcast says, yes,  you know my heart.  You see, Agape is all-consuming unconditional love and Phileo is brotherly love.  Jesus tells him to feed his baby lambs and then the more mature sheep.  What is a shepherd of Christ supposed to feed the flock?   The shepherd is to teach the truth and that word (logos) is food for the soul.

Please note that Yeshua asked Peter if he loved Yeshua more than these, meaning the disciples.  Why would Yeshua even need to ask this?  Yeshua did know Peter’s heart.  He knew one would come in his own name whom they would believe and forget Yeshua’s teachings.  I beseech you to open your eyes, rub the sleep out of them, and really read the word!  Your either following Yeshua or you are following man.   Do you Agape Yeshua more than these?

psalm 119Joh 5:37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
Joh 5:38  And ye have not his word (logos) abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
Joh 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Joh 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Joh 5:41  I receive not honour from men.
Joh 5:42  But I know you, that ye have not the love (agape) of God in you.
Joh 5:43  I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

We know Paul had zero eye witness testimony of his conversion.  We know Paul never met Jesus in his earthly ministry and only claims to have met him in a vision.  We know that Paul recruited the physician Luke who followed him everywhere and wrote the book of Acts and the “gospel” of Luke.  Luke got his information second, third, and fourth or tenth hand.  So, Luke was not chosen by Jesus personally and he never witnessed what Jesus taught.

Jesus said he came to fulfill the law and commanded that his disciples / Apostles to keep the commandments of God.  Jesus said he never spoke anything but what His Father gave to Him and we know God is not a liar so if God lay down His will in His commandments then they have not changed.  Jesus said, not the least of the commandments would pass away until all was fulfilled.  Jesus is either your foundation of truth or He is not.  There are many traditions in the church that go against the teachings of Jesus.   Jesus knew this would happen, and warned that while he sewed good seed another would sew false seed after him.  This is why he warned them over and over to not fall asleep as in get lazy or forget his teachings.

Mat 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy (G2647) the law , or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil (G4137).

G2647
καταλύω
kataluō
kat-al-oo’-o
From G2596 and G3089; to loosen down (disintegrate), that is, (by implication) to demolish (literally or figuratively); specifically (compare G2646) to halt for the night: – destroy, dissolve, be guest, lodge, come to nought, overthrow, throw down.

G4137
πληρόω
plēroō
play-ro’-o
From G4134; to make replete, that is, (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.: – accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.

Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments (G1785) , ye shall abide in my love (agape); even as I have kept my Father’s commandments (G1785), and abide in his love (agape).

Please tell me where Paul could possibly be correct in disregarding the commandments / laws of God which are the logos of God?  Yeshua is the Logos made flesh and he completely fulfilled every one of them obediently.  We don’t have a problem with interpretation my friends. We still have a problem with sin and wanting to wiggle out of it.  We are a stiff-necked people, and I have to ask you, is it a burden to follow Messiah?  Is it hard to love Him?  If you want to be in the world and successful pleasing men then it is very hard.  Our flesh fights it, and yet it is our choice ultimately to choose which path we shall walk.  Joshua summed it up nicely,

As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord!

 

Paul has no proof of his conversion.  He goes against the teachings of Yeshua and preached lawlessness. God warned us in the OT that the anti-christ would seek to institute his own laws and teachings.  That he would seek to change appointed times and feasts.  What happened at the councils of Laodocia and Nicaea?  They removed the Feasts of the Lord.  The Roman Catholic Church changed the commandment to keep the sabbath holy from Friday sundown through Saturday Sundown to just Sunday.

Dan 7:25  And he (Anti-Christ) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Read this Article on changing times for more understanding.

The Apostle John wrote a letter warning of false teachers that went out from among THEM:

1Jn 2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists (G500); whereby we know that it is the last time.
1Jn 2:19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

G500
ἀντίχριστος
antichristos
an-tee’-khris-tos
From G473 and G5547; an opponent of the Messiah: – antichrist.

The word comes from the root word G473

G473
ἀντί
anti
an-tee’
A primary particle; opposite, that is, instead of or because of (rarely in addition to): – for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, correspondence, etc.

This word anti is not opposite as in black is the opposite of white.  It’s more correct the wrong one, the imposter, the one claiming to be of Christ or to actually be Christ.  There are many who come to you claiming to be of Christ / Messiah who are not, but are inwardly ravening wolves.  It is interesting that Paul claimed to be of the tribe of Benjamin which was declared:

Gen 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Something happened to cause John to warn those he was teaching.  He did not say “one of us” but “They went out from us” and I believe he is referring to Peter, Barnabas and John Mark (Gospel of Mark) etc who for a time walked with Paul.  Eventually Barnabas and John Mark left Paul. Acts 15:37-39

John gave warning about a doctrine that is not of Yahoshua, II John 1:10-11. He mentions ‘those that went out from us (from the apostles) but were not of us; for if they were, they would have continued with us, I John 2:18-19. Coincidentally, Paul dropped all contact with the real apostles after his chastisement in Jerusalem, Acts 21:18-26.

Yahoshua warned that He came in His Father’s name, yet He was not received. If another shall come in his own name (like Paul), he will be received, John 5:43.

Paul ran into trouble with the (Asian) church of Ephesus and they spoke evil of his teachings (that way), Acts 19:8-9, 23. He complained that ALL they which are in Asia be turned away from ‘me’, II Timothy 1:15. Paul doesn’t say they turned away from Yahoshua; he says they turned away from ‘me’. Whatever their shortcomings, we know from the Book of Revelation that the seven ekklesia in Asia were thriving, and Yahoshua specifically tells John to write to the angels of the seven Asian churches. Yahoshua commended the church of Ephesus for trying false apostles and finding them to be liars, Revelation 2:2. The real apostles were not were not rejected in Asia.

Here’s the big picture: Other than the real twelve apostles, Paul is the only other person on record claiming to be an apostle. We have a record of Paul stating this to the Asian church of Ephesus, Ephesians 1:1. The Ephesian church is the only church of the seven that is recorded as trying false apostles “and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars”, Revelation 2:2. The Ephesian church recognized Paul for what he was and told him to take a hike.

Paul visited the other six Asian churches, as Acts 19:10,II Timothy 1:15 indicate. In Revelation 2:9, 3:9, we see that Yahoshua commends the two churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia for recognizing false Jews. This likely refers to Paul. But the clincher is Paul’s recorded claim of apostleship, made specifically to the Ephesian church, and Yahoshua’s specifically praising the Ephesians for trying false apostles. Add this up and you get you-know-who. Who else fits the bill?

Then there’s the matter of Yahweh’s Law. Paul went to great lengths to make void the law. Yahoshua and the apostles said otherwise. Yahoshua taught obedience to Yahweh’s Law. Paul taught (in Christ’s name) that the Law passed away. As you can see, Paul spoke against the teaching of Yahoshua.

Oh the irony that Paul said these words. What a shrewd move.

Here are Paul’s teachings of the Law

Paul said all the Law was fulfilled in one word (a Pharisaic teaching, Romans 13:8-9, Galatians 5:14. Yahoshua said otherwise, Matthew 22:27-40, Mark 29-31.

Paul declared ALL things lawful, I Corinthians 6:12-14, Colossians 2:16. Yahoshua said otherwise, Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17, John 14:15.

Paul declared nothing unclean, Romans 14:14, I Timothy 4:1-5. Yahoshua and James said otherwise, Acts 15:28-29, Revelation 2:14.

Paul claimed Christ abolished the Law, Romans 6:14, 7:4, Ephesians 2:15-16. Yahoshua said otherwise, Matthew 5:17-20, 19:17, 28:20, Luke 16:17.

Paul claimed no one was justified by the Law, Romans 3:20, Galatians 3:11-12, 21. The scriptures say otherwise, II Samuel 22:21, Ezekiel 14:14, 20, Job 27: 29:14, Luke 1:5-6, James 2:20-22.

Paul claimed no man was justified by works of the Law, Galatians2:16, 21. Yahoshua and James said otherwise, Matthew 16:27, James 2:20-22.

Paul claimed the Law was ‘veiled’ (too hard to understand), II Corinthians 3:12-16. Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 30: 10-14. John tells us the law is not burdensome, I John 1:53.

Paul called Yahweh’s Law a ‘curse’, Galatians 3:13. (Galatians Chapter 3 andRomans Chapter 3 detail Paul’s attack on the Law). Yahoshua instructed us to keep the Law, Matthew 19:17. He came to fulfill the Law, not destroy it, Matthew 5:17-18. The Law was a blessing, Deuteronomy 7:11-13, 11:26-27, 30:19-20.

Paul referred to the Law as ‘the ministry of death’, II Corinthians 3:7. Moses said otherwise, Deuteronomy 4:40, 5:29, 6:24-25, 30:15-20.

Paul declared he sinned because of the Law (this passage is really a piece of work), Romans 7:7-13. James told us that’s not so, James 1:13-14.

Paul speaks against questions he considers foolish, and genealogies, Titus 3:9. Since genealogies are immensely important to Adam’s seed and Satan’s seed in the old and renewed covenants, one must wonder why Paul tells Titus to avoid them.

Paul told slaves to be obedient to their masters, Ephesians 6:5. He re-enslaved Onesimus, Philemon 10-16. This is in direct conflict to the law, which provides freedom from slavery, Deuteronomy 23:15-16, Jeremiah 34:13-17. If Paul had been obedient to the Law, Onesimus would have been free. But, as we see from Paul’s action, he sent Onesimus back into bondage. Yahweh’s Law brings freedom; Paul’s freedom brings bondage.

Paul pretends to be humble before Philemon, stating that he has written him with his own hand, and that if Philemon has been wronged, he (Paul) will repay (the debt), Philemon 1:19-20. He then adds a cheap shot stating that Philemon “owes” him. In other words, Paul clearly states that he will not say the very backhanded comment he does indeed say. Paul’s words stand on their head.

Paul claimed we should submit to governing authorities because they are established by God. If we do not submit, we will be evil (this passage is what’s evil). We’re suppose to give the authorities whatever they demand, Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1. There is no scriptural basis for this statement (unless it be obedience to Yahweh’s Law). But, as we have seen, Paul denied the law.

Paul claimed he taught from ‘divine revelation’ (not from scripture or instruction from the apostles), Galatians 1:11-12. In other words, Paul is telling us his revelations supercede scriptural authority. Think about it. Are you willing to accept this? The real questions are: How good is Paul’s word? Do his teachings align with scripture and the teachings of Yahoshua? You be the judge.

Paul claimed to be blameless (sinless) in the Law, Philippians 3:4-6.

Paul devalued the Sabbath, Romans 14:5-6.

Paul drew the church (ekklesia) to himself, not Yahoshua. Yahoshua spoke of this happening, John 21:15-23. In essence, another [person] would subvert Peter [his word] and he would be led astray [his word would fail] i.e. the church would be led astray. Yahoshua expressly told Peter to “follow thou me”. In contrast, John [his word], however, would not die [will tarry].

Paul claimed to be the ‘apostle’ to the Gentiles, Galatians 2:7. Not so. All the apostles were told to preach the gospel to all the world, Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:27. Yahoshua did not have a separate gospel for the Gentiles. Paul lied to the Galatians. Paul went to the Gentiles because he was rejected by the Law abiding Jewish converts. The Gentiles didn’t keep the Law nor did they understand the Law. This made easy converts for Paul’s doctrine, which preached against the Law.

Paul claimed to have laid the foundation of the church, I Corinthians 3:10. (The Roman Catholic Church? Is this why his doctrine is in the canon?) Yahoshua said those ‘called out’ would be built on Himself (the petra-rock), not Paul (or Peter), Matthew 16:18. (Greek is ekklesia which means ‘a calling out’. Yahoshua did not promote a physical church hierarchy. Rather, He detested it.)

Paul claimed the title of ‘Father’, I Corinthians 4:15-16. Yahoshua said not to do this, Matthew 23:9.

Paul preached his own gospel, Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 15:1, Galatians 1:6-7, I Timothy 2:8, 3:10.

Paul instructs the Corinthians “be ye followers of ME”, I Corinthians 4:16. To the Thessalonians: ‘ye became followers of US…and of the Lord’, I Thessalonians 1:6. To the Galatians: (Syria and Cilicia) they glorified God in ME, Galatians 1:24.

Paul refers to his teachings as ‘MY gospel’ and ‘ye are all partakers of MY grace’, Romans 2:16. 16:25, Philippians 1:7, II Timothy 2:8.

Paul says “{I} suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over the man…” ITimothy 2:12.

Paul ‘cursed’ those who preached any other gospel than his, Galatians 1:8-9. Therefore he’s cursing James, Peter, and John, whom he mocks in Galatians Chapter 2.

Paul (flat out) tells us he doesn’t speak for (pertaining to) Yahoshua, in prelude to his boasting, II Corinthians 11:17.

Paul said God revealed his Son in him, Galatians 1:15-16. What does he mean by this double entendre?

Paul declared he was the last to see Yahoshua, I Corinthians 15:8.

Paul bragged about speaking in tongues, I Corinthians 14:18-19. Take note: Neither Yahoshua nor the real apostles spoke in tongues. (Speaking in tongues is only mentioned in Paul’s epistles, and the book of Acts; written by Paul’s biographer Luke).

Paul dispenses Pharisaic teachings, Mithraism, and Kabbalahistic mysticism, I Corinthians 15:51, II Corinthians 12:2, Ephesians 3:2, 4, 6:19. (The third heaven is Ma’on, well known to Pharisees who practiced the black magic of the Kabbalah.)

The real apostles never mentioned the word ‘Christian’. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, under the tutelage of Paul and Barnabas, Acts 11:25-26. Christianity came from Paul’s teachings, not Yahoshua’s and the real apostle’s.

Paul’s epistles had ‘things’ that Peter declared ‘hard to be understood’, II Peter 3:15-17. Peter is not supporting Paul in this passage. It’s anything but. He only agrees with the statement that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation, in verse 15. In verses 16-17, he warns the reader to beware the error of the wicked (i.e. lawless, Greek aqesmos). See again Yahoshua’s prophecy for Peter, John 21:18. Even today, Peter’s word is spiritually hindered by Paul’s word.

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Those who profess to believe in Jesus and follow him need to look very carefully at what they are doing if they preach that there is no law or commandments to obey save to Love God and one another.  If you think that just having nice feelings and not judging others means you are doing this, then let me ask you if it is even possible for you to sin anymore?  If you claim to not ever sin then the truth is not in you:

1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

If Jesus fulfilled the law and it is of no more importance then we do not need forgiveness of our sins.  It’s ok to lie, cheat, steal, covet, etc., but we know that is not true.  We are convicted in our hearts every time we do something like this, and it is because the law is still in effect.  We cannot pick and choose which laws are applicable.  You see, most people are confused when they hear Jesus go after the Pharisees and the law.  The Pharisees put on additional burdens to observe so we would not come close to breaking a commandment.  If God said to do not walk a mile on the Sabbath then they would say to not walk a tenth of a mile.  Thus if you did not walk a tenth of a mile then you would not walk a whole mile and thus break the Law of God.  God said to do no work on the Sabbath and so they did NOTHING they considered to be work including make a fire or cook.  They would take their mule to get water because it has to drink, and they did not want it to die, but they would deny Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath or rubbing some grain in their hands to pick out the wheat berries which was to feed them so they could live.  They kept the letter of the law but not the spirit of it.

Which Law would Jesus break today?

The complete law is to be kept if we are to follow after Christ in his footsteps in the way he walked.  Even the sacrificial system is in place my friends.  Jesus is that sacrifice and when we sin, we have to look to the cross for forgiveness.  We don’t have to kill an animal.  No, our savior shed perfect blood.  So, it is this salvation in HIM that is our foundation.  It is not in Peter or Paul or Luke or anyone else who would teach against the word of God.

I will lay one more point to you. There has only been one perfect person ever to walk this earth after Adam and Eve fell.  Do you think that the Apostles chosen by Jesus lived sinless lives after he left?  If you do, then you are deceived as I point back to John’s words that we all fall short of the glory of God and sin.  Is it hard to believe Peter could fall into error?  Is it hard to believe the church could be following a lie today?  Did Jesus not warn us of falling asleep and being led astray by the evil one who would sow tares amongst HIS wheat?  Do you love God or do you fear men more?

I know what it is like to say these things. I am called a false teacher, I am called a liar, deceived, heretic, blasphemer for speaking these things, and all I can do is say, prove me wrong in the words of Jesus and the Old Testament.  Just because Jesus brought in a new Covenant did not mean the words in the old covenant were wrong.  The only change what where those words are supposed to be engraved.  Are they engraved on your heart?  Is your heart single or divided? Only you can answer this.  Kind David was a man after God’s own heart and yet he fell terribly and caused Israel much pain for his sin.

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2 comments on “On this Rock I will Build my Church : The Foundation of Truth

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