Is the Church build on Peter?
The argument from the perspective of some is as follows. Christ says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church”. It is on him that he builds the Church.
Some I’ve come across appear to be steeped long enough in dogma to be at little risk of dissuaded nor distracted by the truth that, the Church is built on Christ, They will take one scripture out of context in this section of scripture and build a misguided doctrine. The church is built on Christ, not Peter. The Church is “The body of Christ.”
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? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 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. 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. 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. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
He is referring to the foundational truth Peter spoke as the Spirit of God revealed it to him. “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”
Another way: You are Peter, and as God has revealed to you, I am the Son of the living God and upon this truth I will build my church.
Christ is the chief cornerstone, the foundation. His church is built on him. He’s alive, Peter is dead.
1st Cor 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Eph, 2:20 …Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.…
Isaiah, 28:16 “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
1 Peter, 2:4
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone, and
A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”
When scripture refers to others as a part of the foundation, it is because they are principal characters in the delivery of the Word of God. That word being, Christ is the sole originator and truth , the unblemished sacrifice sufficient for redemption. Preachers are not the foundation, though they may be of great use in our growth in Christ.