Rock, Peter

Jesus is the rock of our salvation. He is The Rock in the Book of Daniel who smashes the statue with the feet of clay. The feet of clay represents a union of independent nations which will fall apart. This is the doing of the Lord himself. Jesus is the rock of our salvation.

Jesus is a sure thing. He is from Everlasting to Everlasting. He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, The Alpha and the Omega.

Mathew 16:13-20

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus told Peter that flesh and blood did not reveal to him He was the Messiah. It was his Father in heaven.

Up until that point Jesus had called Peter by the name Simon. Jesus said that you will be called Peter. Peter means little rock in the Greek.

Jesus who is the rock of our salvation called Peter a little rock. In other words, it is the confession of our faith that is the little rock of our salvation.

That is why the Bible says that we believe and are justified, and we confess and we are saved.

Believe -> Justified

Confess –> Saved

What is it that we believe in? We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world on the Roman cross, and three days later He overcame death by rising from the grave. In doing so, He paid for the sins of the world, and He made a way for us to be saved.

Our salvation is based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is based on his death and resurrection. He paid the price for our sin, and then He made a way for us to eternal life.

By Jesus calling Simon by the name of Peter, Jesus was calling Peter’s confession of him a little rock. In other words, we are saved by confessing our faith in Jesus Christ.


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