And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Christ's Church is(1) A community of free men. There are no slaves in it, and no criminals; no strangers and foreigners.
(2) A community gathered together for a public purpose.
(3) Gathered together by a call. It is divinely called out from among the mass of those who are determined to be slaves or criminals, or who are wilfully willing to remain foreigners and strangers to Christ and Christianity.
(J. Morison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.