Jesus Christ the Cornerstone the Builder’s Rejected and Still Do

Where does the scripture state JESUS is pointing at Peter in Matthew 16:18? I believe he’s pointing to himself stating “You are Peter and I’m the Rock.” Jesus is the Rock that the Builders Rejected and still reject today. He might give Peter spiritual keys to the kingdom for prayer and to bind and loose, but only Jesus is qualified to be the Rock. In fact, Jesus rebukes Satan out of Peter just verses later in Matthew 16:23  and according to Mark 3:24-26‬ a kingdom can’t stand if it’s divided against itself. If Satan can jump into Peter, he can’t be the foundation of the Church. Also after this chapter Jesus proclaims he knows one of the disciples will deny him three times and it’s Peter? Why would Jesus build his church on someone who denies him and state he’d deny a person to God if they denied him. I truly feel that if Satan can jump into Peter the church foundation would never stand? The only one qualified to be the foundation of the church is Jesus Christ and he’s the “Cornerstone the Builders Rejected” and still Reject to this day. The Church is a body of believers connected to Jesus Christ by spirit. Jesus Christ is the foundation and the only one qualified to be the foundation that overcomes the Kingdom of Darkness.
Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 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.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 16: 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.‬
Mark 3:24-26‬
‪24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.‬
‪26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. ‬
They accused JESUS of having a demon? And Jesus states a house can’t stand if he had a demon in him. That would be like the Holy Ghost jumping into Satan, the Kingdom of darkness would not be able to stand either.

47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

 

Feed My Sheep….

I spent a good portion of the evening thinking about Peter and Jesus. It started with me contemplating the meaning of John 21:15-17 when Jesus asks Peter to “feed his sheep.” I thought perhaps he means the gospel or perhaps he means this in a literal sense, to feed his people? It’s my understanding that Peter became the first Pope and I believe the Catholic church feeds more people globally then any other denomination in the world? I was wondering if the Lord’s Sheep would be financially secure with Abraham’s blessings or if Jesus really believed his people would require help? Jesus came in poverty and he states in Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

How can a rejected people, hated by the world be financially comforted? Jesus had to borrow a place to have his last supper? He didn’t appear to be wealthy when he made his debut riding on a donkey.  Matthew 21:5 NKJV “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ 

I recently was talking to a believer about Peter denying Jesus three times and whether or not he would see the kingdom of God as Jesus states in Matthew 10:33 KJV But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. The woman I was speaking with suggested that Peter repented and Jesus forgave him in John 21:15-17 (see at the bottom of blog).

Although I feel it’s possible, it’s truly only assumed? Why didn’t Jesus add “if you repent and feed my sheep, you’ll be forgiven? Is it safe for us to believe Jesus was joking? It’s almost like stating that Jesus doesn’t mean it when he says he’ll deny people and say he doesn’t know the workers of iniquity who call on him? (Matthew 7:23). Or it’s like stating Jesus isn’t serious about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy and Ghost? (Matthew 12:32). I found it strange that in John 21:15-17 that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. That’s the same number of times that Peter denied him. Why would Jesus ask him three times? I almost feel as though he didn’t believe him? It’s like catching a kid who ate cupcakes he/she wasn’t supposed to. You can clearly see the frosting mustache on the kids face and when confronted they tell their mother they didn’t eat any. If a Mother knows the kids lying, she might repeat the questions over and over? I also thought about Jesus asking the woman at the well to get her husband in (John 4:16-19.) Jesus asks the woman at the well  a question when he knows the answer. He knows she’s had 5 husbands and the man she lives with isn’t her husband.  I feel like Jesus does this to gently remind her of her sins and subtly  tell her (without shaming) what God is recruiting for in his Kingdom. John 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

In defense for Peter, I will add that I thought about Mary washing Jesus’s feet with perfume and Jesus states in Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Perhaps Peter feeding the Lord’s Sheep will be the pardon for his sins? Mary’s sins were forgiven of by Jesus because of the love she showed him. I was also thinking about the verse Exodus 33:19 KJV And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

My conclusion regarding Peter and his denial of Jesus is truly that it’s between Peter and God. Let God judge Peter just as God’s going to judge me and everybody else and it’s probably best to focus on my specs in my eyes.. with fear and trembling. In hopes of seeing New Jerusalem and Lord Jesus. I’ve already told the Lord a mansion in his Kingdom isn’t necessary for me, I’d be ecstatic to have a small cabin or even a tent for that matter just merely to be in his realm is my beautiful dream.

John 21:15-17

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Witchcraft Manipulation

Just wanted to share a quick note. I once listed to a Utube video by Derek Prince on witchcraft and remember him stating in a very practical way that there are three common themes to witchcraft; intimidation, manipulation and domination. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced living in an area where they use the term “Snitches Wind Up in Ditches?” It’s typically a term you hear in poorer neighborhoods or perhaps in jails in prisons? A couple months ago I was thinking about the term and how it is a true example of witchcraft manipulation. Example: A man is walking down the street and witnesses another man being severely beaten. The witness is concerned the man might lose his life and calls the Police. The witness is acting as a good Samaritan and is truly concerned about the victims life. Witchcraft manipulation implements reverse psychology, when the criminal who is then arrested learns that a witness called the Police, he reverses the situation, becomes victimized and is not accountable, it’s the snitches fault. There is then a sense of unity that occurs when a group will join together and collectively shame the good Samaritan that he is lowly, weak, disgraced etc. It’s as though a satanic force is behind the manipulation and people truly feel outraged at someone who was concerned about someone else’s life. I believe the term and it’s use is an example of satanic manipulation. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Can you think of any other examples? Have a great evening.