Defense sucks.

March 22, 2010

“And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.” – Matthew 16:18

In the famous passage, Christ told Peter that the gates of hell would not overcome the church. Upon becoming a Christian, my early readings of the passage assumed that this was a defensive promise. ‘What is wicked won’t overwhelm the church’. But I have learned that this statement is an offensive one. Gates don’t attack. They are attacked. Wicked isn’t on the offensive. Christ is. Jesus could have said, ‘wicked will be overcome.’

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