双语灵修 | 马太福音 16:17-18 教会建造在磐石上

马太福音 16:17-18 耶稣对他说:“西门·巴·约拿,你是有福的!因为这不是属血肉的指示你的,乃是我在天上的父指示的。 我还告诉你,你是彼得,我要把我的教会建造在这磐石上;阴间的权柄(权柄:原文是门)不能胜过他。

 “彼得”在希腊语中的意思是“磐石”。耶稣在这里像是玩了一个文字游戏。他并不是说他要把他的教会建立在彼得这个人的基础上。可想而知,如果是那样的话,教会的根基就不稳固了!耶稣说:“你是彼得(希腊文Petros),我要在这磐石(希腊文Petra,和Petros是同一词根,都有磐石之意,但一个是阳性词性,一个是阴性词性)上建造我的教会。“耶稣在说什么?”他说的磐石是彼得对耶稣基督福音的认信。教会是建立在耶稣和宣扬他的福音之上的。

阴间和地狱的门,都不能胜过他。多年来,我脑海中总是浮现出这样的画面,上帝的子民站在一座坚不可摧的堡垒里,免受魔鬼的攻击。这个画面的确不错,但不是耶稣在这里想要描绘的。相反,他描绘的是撒旦在堡垒里,他的城门不能战胜福音的传讲。当你分享你对耶稣的信心并传授福音时,撒但的国就开始崩溃瓦解。撒但没有能力反抗福音!

有时我在想,在我们的教会里,我们蜷缩在围墙里,害怕在外面的世界里与撒旦争战。别忘了,我们是一支高举基督旗帜的基督的精兵。不要害怕,走出去,大胆地宣讲福音吧! 基督正在建造他的教会,地狱之门不能胜过他!

祷告:主耶稣,请时刻提醒你的儿女们,我们是一支你装备了世界上最强大武器的军队。你的福音有力量能够改变人心,能够摧毁撒旦对人们灵魂的掌控。让我们张开我们的嘴唇,使我们在世人面前赞美你的名,并向尽可能多的人传扬这福音。奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

Matthew 16:17-18: 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The name Peter in Greek (Petros) means “rock.”  Jesus is using a play on words here.  He is not saying that he is going to build his Church on Peter. If that were the case, the Church would have a shaky foundation!  Jesus said, “You are PETROS and on this PETRA I will build my Church.” What was Jesus talking about?  He was talking about the confession of the gospel that Peter had Jesus made.  The Church is built on Jesus and the gospel which proclaims him.

And the gates of Hades or hell will not overcome it. For many years the picture that entered my mind was of God’s people standing inside an impregnable fortress, protected from the devil’s attacks. That’s not a bad picture, but it is not the one that Jesus is using here. Instead, he pictures Satan inside a fortress and the gates cannot prevail against the preaching of the gospel. When you share your faith in Jesus and teach the gospel, Satan’s kingdom begins to crumble. Satan has no power against the gospel!

Sometimes I think that in our churches, we hunker down within the walls of our church and are afraid to do battle out there in the world against Satan. We are an army of Christian soldiers who hold high the banner of Christ. Don’t be afraid to go out and proclaim the gospel boldly! Christ is building his Church and the gates of Hades cannot prevail against it!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, remind us, your people, that we are an army that you have equipped with the most powerful weapon that the world has ever seen. Your gospel is powerful, powerful to change hearts, powerful to destroy Satan’s hold on people’s souls.  Open our lips that we may praise you before the world and proclaim the gospel to as many people as we can. Amen.

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