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.
Ecclesiology – the founding of the church
Christology – the founder of the church
The Founding of the Church – Ecclesia is described three ways in the New Testament.
1. The church is the visible, local body of believers, described using these metaphors:
a. A building
b. A bride
c. A body
2. The church is an institution. In this form it is abstract. But the manifestation of the abstract is only in a local, visible body.
a. Abstract principles, i.e., “the family”, are never taken to mean a universal body. It always refer to an abstract institution that is only manifested in a local, visible way.
3. The church is a broad collection or comprehensive inclusive body which is to be gathered together at a point in time in the future. This church will be local and visible.
The Founder of the Church – three statements regarding the founder of the church:
1. The character of the founder – the Son of the living God
a. Made of the exact same stuff as God the Father
b. Has the exact same characteristics as God the Father
2. The condescension of the founder – the Son of Man
a. Speaks of the humanity of Jesus Christ
3. The Christ
a. God’s anointed one
b. Three classes of men were anointed: prophet, priest, king
i. Prophet – he has a message. Sound in doctrine.
ii. Priest – he has proper credentials.
iii. King – he has a kingdom
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