Monday, July 28, 2008
The Church is built on Absolution
Read Matthew 16:13-19. "Who am I?" Jesus asks. "You are the Christ Son of the living God." Peter replies. Peter you rock (very punny, no?), upon this rock I am going to build my church. So the argument goes, Is the church built upon Peter or the confession? Stupid question.
It is neither and both. Neither, because Jesus goes on to explain how the church will be built. "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." The church is built on absolution.
So it is also both, Jesus (the object of the confession) has won absolution for us. But at the same time he give all authority in heaven and on earth (hey sounds just like the keys in absolution) to the disciples to deal out that absolution.
The church is built on forgiveness, and Christ is the solid rock foundation.