Who was really the Rock Jesus was referring to in the following passage?
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.
Roman Catholics claim Peter was the rock to show that they are the true church and to try to defend the Papacy.
But scriptures strongly suggests Jesus is the Rock.
The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:
11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’
14 He will be as a sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33 As it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
1 Peter 2:8
“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.Isaiah 28:16
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
1 Corinthians 10:4
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1 Peter 2:4
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
46 The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.Psalms 42:9
I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
The church wasn’t built on Peter but on Jesus who is the Rock – the foundation.