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To: CynicalBear
Jesus called Peter Cephas which is Aramaic the language that Jesus spoke and means rock. In Greek the word is Petros

There is a play upon words here. In the original Greek it is, “You are Petros [a little piece of rock, a pebble], and upon this petra [bedrock] I will build my church.”

41 posted on 06/29/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

What I meant is that Jesus is the rock, petra, on which the Church is built. Peter is just a pebble, petros!


43 posted on 06/29/2011 1:10:47 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
>> and upon this petra [bedrock] I will build my church.” <<

Let’s look at the passage containing that verse. Jesus asks who they (the Apostles) think He is.

Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 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. 18 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.

When Jesus makes the statement “and upon this rock I will build my church” He is referring back to who the Apostles say He is, not to Peter. He (Jesus) is the rock upon which the church is built.

46 posted on 06/29/2011 1:26:59 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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