Matthew 16: 18 or is the pope St. Peter’s successor?

Matthew 16: 18:

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.

Ecclesiastical history probably doesn’t know any other verse, that has been misinterpreted so often like the above verse.

The pope reasons his supremacy mainly by the above verse.

Jesus just had asked his disciples what they would think, who he would be. There, St. Peter shoot ahead and said, “You are Christ, the Son of the living God!”

Jesus rejoiced over the insight of Peter and the other disciples; obviously God had started a work in them.

The whole content of the gospels shows us that the disciples could indeed imagine to rule together with Jesus soon; therefore, Jesus had to take Peter down a peg a little after Peter had acclaimed Jesus as Christ (the king).

Of course, it was right; Jesus from Nazareth was the Christ, the eternal Son of God, but Jesus’ time of rule had not yet come at all. God had prescribed that first Jesus had to suffer and to be rejected.

Still, when Jesus was detained Peter wanted to fight using a sword. He indeed could not understand that Jesus didn’t fight back. Should the rightful king of Israel be conducted away like a mean criminal? At that time Peter was not able to understand this. The decision of God that Jesus had to be turned in in order to suffer and to die was hidden for the disciples up to that time.

Let us return to Mattew 16: 18. What wanted Jesus to say be the words of this verse? The following, “Peter you are Peter (with all your dreams of earthly rule), but my Church I (the Father) will build on the low (self-humilated) and humble Jesus.

This Jesus lowered himself down to death on the cross where he has borne the sins of the whole mankind. God brings about faith in Christ by the Holy Spirit. God builds his Church on Jesus by causing faith in him on people.

Seemingly, Jesus has foreseen that his Church will be continuously tempted to reach out for rule. However, Jesus doesn’t allow his Church to rule. To the contrary, the Church has to share the destiny of her Lord; that means, she has to suffer and to be rejected like her Lord.

Matthew 16: 24-26:

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So, the correct interpretation of Matthew 16: 18 is contrary to the Roman Catholic interpretation of this verse. Matthew 16: 18 doesn’t reason the papacy but rejects it: God doesn’t want a ruling church but a suffering and low and rejected Church.

What is the pope actually?

He is the successor of the carnal desires (longing for rule) of St. Peter. Up to the time of Jesus’ crucifixion Peter and the other disciples had not yet understood that “Christ shall suffer”. They indeed hoped to rule together with him over the earthly state of Israel.

Latest since Pentecost our Peter is a transformed Peter. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit, which teached them about the true character of Christ: on earth, the Church has to share Christ’s destiny to be rejected and to suffer up to Judgement Day. Of course, Christ has returned to heaven and is ruler of the universe, but despite he feels the pains of his congregation. The congregation is his body in a real sense.

The pope has a right to say: “I am the successor of St. Peter!”, but he should be aware that in fact he is the successor of Peter’s carnal desires.

Pope, we tell you, “You are Joseph Ratzinger, but on those rock God will build his Church!”

I use the power of the keys, “Mr. Ratzinger as long as you claim you would be the head of the Church, your sins are kept, and you are outcast from the Christian Church!”

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4 Responses to Matthew 16: 18 or is the pope St. Peter’s successor?

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  2. Jesus made it always clear that nobody was higher than somebody else. Even his friends who wanted to know who was going to sit next to him in heaven did not get the answer they had expected and were put on earth with their thoughts of pride and acquisition. All those who want to follow the teachings of Jesus the Nazarene, should be real followers of his teachings and than could become real Christians who share everything as brothers and sisters in Christ, all doing their best in that what they are best in, and happy with the gifts of the Lord they received.
    Christians have to be careful not to follow the World, but to follow the Word of God, the Bible.

    • At the last supper Judas Iscariot sat directly beside Jesus. Obviously he had a downright aspiration for a high rank in Jesus’ Church (high rank means honour, money and power). St. Peter asked Jesus, who would betray him. Jesus knew the answer, of course, but in that moment he got so shocked that he could not speak loudly any longer. Only the boy St. John, who was at Jesus’ breast got a quiet answer about the identity of the traitor (there was a high danger that Judas had seized rule over the disciples. Maybe he planed to rule by alleged commands of the jailed Jesus, thus it was necessary that at least one disciple knew the true colour of Judas).

      By the way, regarding God’s decision that Jesus had to die on the cross, Jesus was not allowed to answer St. Peter’s question. Assumed Jesus had answered, St. Peter had choped off Judas’ head. St. John was obviously the ripest one of the disciples and could bear the truth without doing any nonsense (telling Peter the truth about Judas).

      The destiny of Judas should be a warning for us, how we handle ecclesiastical means. We should not reach out for ecclesiastical offices, in order to earn any money. Only the concern for the souls of our sisters and brothers, should motivate us to do a job within the Church. Actually Christians pursue a secular job and there is no need to share. The first Christians in Israel often lost their jobs, because of the Jewish ban, thus first the Jewish Christians with some fortune had to help and later the Greek Christians.

  3. Invictus_88 says:

    “So, the correct interpretation of Matthew 16: 18 is contrary to the Roman Catholic interpretation of this verse. Matthew 16: 18 doesn’t reason the papacy, but rejects it: God doesn’t want a ruling church, but a suffering and low and rejected Church.”

    It’s the same thing, and it’s so OBVIOUSLY the same thing. The Church teaches and teaches rightly, and it at the same time always a suffering and rejected Church.

    If the Catholic Church is anything, it is assuredly that.

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