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.
I. Let us dwell on PETER'S PROFESSION OF FAITH. It is not a learned, complicated, or even detailed exposition. Full of depth. It was a rich source of happiness for Peter — "Blessed art thou." What is the Church of which the Saviour speaks?
II. THE CHURCH EXERCISES ITS POWER THROUGH FAITH. The power of the Church, as regards its essential features, is expressed in the words, "I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven." This power not conferred on Peter exclusively. Our Lord did not connect the exercise of this power with one condition, one external and human position; but with the quality of disciple of the Son of God. When any faithful voice proclaims to you the design of God in regard to your salvation, he has the authority of the voice of God Himself; a Divine sentence is uttered respecting you; if you abhor your sins they will be forgiven; if not they are retained.
III. BY FAITH THE CHURCH TRIUMPHS OVER ITS ENEMIES. "The gates of hell," etc.
1. What is this hell whose power shall not prevail against the Church? Its enemies — external, internal.
2. How shall it resist these enemies? Not by violence, carnal display; by faith.
(The late Pastor Verny.)
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.