Friday, June 14, 2019

A Few Comments On The Roman Catholic Misuse Of Matthew 16:18 And "Peter The Rock"

  • Discussion:
           -A few years back, I had written a detailed article addressing the Roman Catholic interpretation of Matthew 16:18-19, explaining how viewing the Apostle Peter as the rock in that text is problematic. The identity of that reference most likely refers to the his confession of faith. Well, this short article contains another counterargument that may be useful when discussing this matter with Roman Catholics:

           "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many." (Isaiah 51:1-2)

           The Old Testament once used a rock metaphor to describe Abraham. Does that mean the man was the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church? Another point worthy of consideration is how the Good News Bible renders Matthew 16:18:

           "And so I tell you, Peter; you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it." (Matthew 16:18)


  1. It's Justin: I believe Jesus was referring to himself in this passage. Jesus is the rock and the foundation. 1 Corinthians 10:4 & 1 corinthians 3:11. Anyway that's my two cents. What about you Jesse do you agree with me or no.

  2. Hi Justin,

    That certainly is a valid interpretation of the "rock" reference as far as Matthew 16:18 goes. And yes, Jesus Christ is our foundation stone. At the same time, He is represented by the church's gospel testimony (which seems to be the key element of the verse's context). Matthew 16:18 describes Him as the builder rather than the foundation. So I believe that the identity of the "rock" spoken of in Matthew 16:18 refers to the Apostle Peter's confession of faith.