What Could Kill the Church?

Death.  Not a fun topic.

Death has been on my mind lately.  All people die.  All animals die.  All plants die.  Death really is part of life.  All living things die, right?

Well, all physical living things die.  However, we say that the Church is a spiritual organism.  So, can it die?

No, it cannot.  No matter what Satan might throw at it, no matter what evil men might do to persecute it and no matter what human foibles the leaders and members have, the Church will never die.  That is an amazing truth.

 18And 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. (Matthew 16:18, King James Version)

Hell, hades, or the grave will not prevail against the Church.

The Amplified Bible puts it thus:

18And I tell you, you are a]’>a]’>[a]Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a b]’>b]’>[b]huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the c]’>c]’>[c]infernal region) shall d]’>d]’>[d]not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

Jesus is the Rock.  He is Spirit.  He is eternal.  So, His Church will rest upon His eternal shoulders.

Well, I wish you all a blessed Sabbath and a blessed weekend.  Those of you fasting this weekend, stay out of the heat.  I have some things to occupy me this weekend, so you may not hear from me until at least Monday, unless it is to make a comment or two.

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