Matthew 16:15 He said to them, But you, who do you say that I am? (16) And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. (18) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
The church is built upon this rock, and this rock is Christ, the Son of God. The rock is also the revelation which God has given to man. Furthermore, the rock is the confession which issues from those who have received the revelation. We need to see. But confession is also very important. When our Lord was on earth, He said, "I am (John 8:24)." He is pleased to hear us confess, "You are." We say to the Lord, "You are Lord!" This is a very powerful declaration.... God has revealed His Son to us and unveiled His masterpiece to us. When we speak out and confess this revelation from God, and when we confess that Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ, we have the church. The church is Christ's voice on earth. God allows the church to remain on earth as a declarer and a confessor of Christ. It was not enough for Peter to say in his heart, "I believe that the Lord is powerful, that He reigns, and that He is glorious." The Lord asked, "Who do you say that I am?" "You" refers to the Lord's disciples. The disciples had to do one thing, which was to say, to speak with their mouth. What should they say? They should say who the Lord is. They should speak out the Lord Himself; they should say who He is....
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 121-122. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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