Confession of Peter

 

Today we remember Peter’s confession in Matthew 16:13-9.

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered on behalf of the disciples, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to Peter, “You are Peter (petros) and upon this Rock (petra) I will build my church.”  This is foundation on which God builds his church, the apostles and prophets, which includes Peter.  But the Rock that holds it all together is the Stone which has been rejected by many, but God has made the cornerstone, even Christ Jesus.

In his first letter, Peter made another confession regarding baptism.  In comparing baptism to Noah and the ark, he wrote, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels and authorities, and powers having been subject to him.”

Prayer: We give thanks Lord, that You have fitted us into the Your household in which we live in a temple solidly built on the Rock who is our Savior, a place where we find solid footing even when temples built of stone are shaking.

 

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