Not trying to offend anyone,, I apologize now , But I have to tell the truth,I know some cannot handle this, and some just do not have the revelation, and
So I say, do not be offended, If you do not agree ,, that is perfectly all right,, But for those of you who have ears to hear, and eyes to see,, "spiritually". Then Blessings be upon you. Also, coming straight from The Word of God, Rightly Divided.
I am just going to give a short and sweet version, and You are free to do your own study, and verify . Amen
In The Book of Matthew 16-13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
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.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
Now so many think that "the rock" , is a literal one,, no the only literal one and spiritual one is Christ.. What he was saying is "the knowledge of Christ" this is what He- Jesus was going to build his Church-EKKLESIA ON.
no it is not Peter's Bascilica in Rome, It's not the corner Church,, Its not the Isreal temple,, It is the Temple of your body . When Jesus went to the cross, and The Temple was rent in half, that signified The end of church-temple worship then, but they just did not get it.
~~~Members of the ekklesia, the church, have been literally "called out" of the world (in Greek ekklesia is related to kaleo, "to call") in order to live free of its dictates and to belong fully, at every moment, to God and to one another.
~~~WE ARE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD , RELIGION IS A WORLDLY SYSTEM,,,,
~~~ WE ARE TO BE THE CHURCH,, THS IS NOT A CLICHE' THIS IS TRUTH.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
~~~ SO THE QUESTION WE ALL HAVE TO ANSWER AND KNOW IS:
iF YOU REALLY NEED TO FIND OUT, OR TO FIND OUT MORE, i INVITE YOU TO MY BIBLE STUDY, ONLINE , TO LEARN,, NOT TO HATE OR DEBATE, AMEN