And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I. THE EDIFICE of which the Redeemer speaks. Not any material building. It rises through successive generations.
II. THE RELATION in which Jesus Christ stands to this edifice.
1. Its foundation.
2. Its Architect.
(1) As Architect He selected its site. He fixed it on earth.
(2) He drew the plan.
(3) He prepares the materials.
(4) He employs the workmen.
3. Its Proprietor. It is His Church.
4. He is the guarantee of its stability.
(T. Raffles, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.