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 (Matt. 16:18 KJV) The theological debate as to the meaning of the phrase “upon this rock” and the two major thoughts are that it refers to
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Eph. 4:13 KJV) The Church as a whole is the Body of Christ— one Body, with one Lord and one Master.
And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? (Matt. 12:26 KJV) Jesus made this powerfully truthful statement regarding the power of unity after performing many miracles, including casting out demons. The Pharisees couldn’t deny the obvious results they’d just witnessed. Instead, they tried to dismiss it
“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.” (1 Pet. 5:13 KJV.) These two words might not go together from a human standpoint — church and Babylon. However, God has a church in Babylon. Babylon symbolizes the systems of the world under the control of