“But what about you?,”  He asked.  “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but my Father in heaven.  And I tell you  that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell  will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:15-18

Someone who stopped by here by the name of Dave responded that the “rock” Jesus referred to was the fact that Peter heard God for himself.  I couldn’t agree more. This “rock” is the foundation of hearing and knowing truth; the rock from which to build your house (life) upon.

“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep (are you digging deep?) and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.” Luke 6:48

I would like to point out that the gates of hell shall not prevail against this rock, Jesus said.  The word mis-translated as hell in this passage is the Greek word hades which simply means the “state of the dead,” or a “grave.”  When Jesus encountered people who were considered by others as being dead, he said that they were only “sleeping.”  I believe when we follow God from within ourselves and hear His words of truth that it is then we awaken and are no longer asleep or “dead” to the truth.

Hell is a state of mind.  We have passed from death to life by listening to the spirit of truth within, instead of following the outward, emotional roller coaster, powered by the physical world which seems so real, but in truth is illusion.

“…Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14

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