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“…I will build My Church,
and the gates of Hades
will not overcome it.”
Matt. 16:18

There is an understanding that can only come to us, as it came to Peter, whom Jesus was speaking to here, much later, after the Resurrection, from the Holy Spirit.  There is the natural man’s way of looking at the Church, and there is the resurrected-with-Christ, spiritual man’s way of looking at the Church. 

Look at what Jesus says here. 

First, He says “The Church is Mine—what is done in it I will do, what is worked in it I will work—because it belongs to Me, not you.”  The Church, which we’ll declare as the Scriptures teach is the Living Temple, built upon the foundation stone, who is Christ Jesus, being built up as living stones into this holy residence for God and His Spirit, is Christ’s, and belongs to no man.  What no man possesses cannot be controlled or defined or managed by any man or group of men.  Christ is all, and His Church is all Christ.  Those living stones (1 Peter 2:4-10), do not control Christ’s Church.  The world does not control Christ’s Church.  At all times, and in all ways, Christ owns His Church, and thus retains control.

Second, He says “I’m the builder of My Church, and if any man tries to build apart from Me, apart from My power, he is working against Me.”  In other words, it is the plain truth that Christ is the Builder here.  We are not the builders of the Church.  How is it then that so many of us act as if it is incumbent upon us to build something for God?  We get it backward, and so we are left with our silly structures, and our empty liturgies, and our bills to pay for them.  Jesus Christ, Lord of all, will build His Church, as He did at the beginning, and has He has always done.  Christ has never gone away from the Church, though He has pulled out of many man-made institutions who put a cross over their doors or on their letterheads.  Christ is the Builder, make no mistake.  This concept is closely linked to ownership also.  We, as the true Church, are “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”  (Eph. 2:22)  It is impossible for us to construct anything like this dwelling God builds through Christ.

Third, we must see the strong purpose of God after the resurrection in our lives.  He purposes that we, His people, will be built together into this dwelling for the Spirit of God, and He will fulfill His purpose.  God never lies.  He has been, is, and will continue this building of this Temple called His Church.  This understanding comes only from the Holy Spirit, who enlightened Peter after the resurrection.  None of us is enlightened until the power of God does it in us, raised like Lazarus, raised like Christ, by the power of God.  When we begin to see, then we see the Church, laid on the One Foundation, Christ, and being built by His hand, and being impossible strong in the power of God.

Fourth, and this is of vital importance in our day, is that we must take warning from this declaration by our Lord Jesus Christ.  Many of us have taken up any handy tool we can find laying around, and plunged into the work of “building” we think God has called us to.  However, our hearts and minds are tainted and painted with the ideas of man.  Until we spend our time in the desert with Christ, and know the fellowship of His suffering, the power of His resurrection from that suffering, we will not be worthy workmen.  Until we know our own depravity, our own daily capacity for sin, our own unworthiness, then we cannot, like Paul, declare ourselves the least of all the brethren.  So what building we do will be sloppy, self-touched, inherently manly.  We must take great heed to what Paul said:

“But each one should be careful how he builds…if any man
builds on this foundation (Christ), using gold, silver,
costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be
shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.”
1 Cor. 4:10-15

Building the Church is Christ’s job.  We are only laborers on His mighty project, which is so amazing, so high in its purposes, that we don’t see the whole thing.  We must take care, and back off, and pray, and seek the Lord’s face for every nail we pound and every chisel we set to the stone.  It is His Church, and His purpose, and His life, and His cross and resurrection, and His Day coming.

This is our glory.  That God considers us worthy as His Children, born not of human descent but of the Spirit, to lay hands on His Building, His great work He’s designed to manifest His power to the universe.

“His intent was the now, through the Church,
the manifold wisdom of God should be made known
to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished
in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Eph. 3:10,11

Brothers, these truths should make us take pause, and throw down our puny, weak, human tools.  It is utterly impossible for us to do this work without the consuming power of Christ in us.  When it comes to the Church we must remember especially Jesus’ Word to us:

“I am the Vine, you are the branches…
apart from Me, you can do nothing.”
John 15:5

I pray that the eyes of our understanding will be opened, so that we will see only Christ, only His work, His Ways, and that we will humbly participate with Him in the building process by His Spirit.  We must resist the current Christian culture’s demands for new, exciting, man-induced ideas of what the Church should be.  We must listen, branch in Vine, one with the One and Only, and hear what He wants us to hear, so that He can do the building, not us.



    Jesus said I will build My church. Which church was that? Matthew 16:15-19...."But who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.".....18 I also say to you that are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven......(THE KEYS WERE USED IN ACTS CHAPTER 2)

    Did Jesus say I will build the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, or any of the other 30,000 denominations?


    HEAD OF THE CHURCH: Ephesians 5:23...as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.

    The apostle Paul did not say, select a man on earth, or a national board and then appoint him or them as head of the church? Paul said Jesus was the head of the church.


    When the apostle Paul sent greetings to the Christians in Rome, he said; (Romans 16:16 ....All the churches of Christ send greeting.) Paul did not send greetings from the churches of Roman Catholics, nor from any other denomination. Paul was a member of the Lord's church, not some denomination.

    Acts Chapter 2: The same Peter, who Jesus gave the keys to the kingdom of heaven told them how to become member of the kingdom of heaven here on earth, (the kingdom of heaven on earth is the church of Christ, the Lord's church, the body of Christ)? Peter preach Jesus to them and when they believed, he told them to repent and be baptized so their sins could be forgiven, and they received the gift of the Holy Spirit and were added to the Lord's church.

    Acts 2:40-41....."Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

    They were added to the church only after they believed Peter's preaching and were immersed in water.

    The Lord added the saved to His church. The Lord did not add them to the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran church, the Baptist Church, nor any of the other 30,000 denomination that exist today. (Acts 2:47... And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.)


    Did the apostle Peter consult a man-made catechism, a creed book, or a denominational statement of faith before he preached on the Day of Pentecost?

    Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

    Having you name written in the role book of one of the 30,000 denominations cannot keep you from being thrown into the lake of fire.

    When Jesus returns He is coming for His church. Is your name written in the Lamb's book of life. (Revelation 21:1-27......27 but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

    Which church did Jesus die for? JESUS DIED FOR HIS CHURCH!

    ( All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

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