What’s the Significance [if any] of: Jesus, “the Key’s” and Peter?

Another I AM a Catholic Lesson

by Pat Miron

John 1: 40-43 “And Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who had heard of John, and followed him. He findeth first his brother Simon, and saith to him: We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looking upon him, said: Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter.”

Matthew16: 18-19 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, {singular} and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee {singular} the keys {all of them implied} of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

Matthew 7: 16-28 “By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock. … And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof. And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine. For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes and Pharisees”

John.21 Verses 15 to 17 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”

“A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”

“He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

[QUOTE]Posted:
“The curious thing about the faith is that it claims only infallibility, not impeccability. The Church is promised that the Holy Spirit will make sure that the Church does not, in its doctrinal formulations, pervert the Faith. But that’s it. She is not promised that her members will never sin, nor that her prudential judgment will never err or be influenced by cowardice… ” by Mark Shea [/QUOTE]

This is no subtle teaching; it’s a ROCK verses Sand foundation to discover God’s Truths. Not everything proclaimed by “the Church” has the Power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself behind it. Only matters that must be believed that are Faith related and Morals have God’s own warranty:

Mt. 16: 19 “And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven”

John 17: 17-19 “Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. “
Mt. 28: 19-20 “Going therefore, teach YOU all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded YOU: and behold I am with YOU all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

Friends, in the entire world no other Faith has these Godly commitments and unfailing promises. And yet other feel compelled to challenge them, to modify them, and to even ignore them in advocating their own man-made religions. Each and all of which, whether recognized or not aim to contradict God and God’s Truths and God’s Church.

Just as Yahweh choose one man to lead His Old Testament Chosen People Exodus 6:7; so Christ, the same One God; Choose also one man to lead and be accountable only and directly to Him. Yahweh choose Noah, Abraham, Moses, the Judges, the Kings like David and the Prophets like Isaiah; why then is it so difficult [a rhetorical question] to grasp that Jesus was only following His own OT tradition, in choosing one man. That man being Peter to lead and to Govern His one New Faith, in and through His One True Church.
Would you like a Spiritual awakening? Read carefully and prayerfully John 17: 11-26. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His Wisdom. God is Perfect Wisdom choose always and every time and everywhere, just One set of Faith beliefs. Because truth is, as it must be; be singular.

Pope Benedict said it well: “there cannot [an impossibility] be your truth and my truths or there would be no truth.” And it is equally impossible that God {ALL Good things Perfected}; could have, would have or did wait 1,000 years for the Great Eastern Schism, or 1,400-1,500 years for the Protestant Reformation-Schism led by former Catholic priest named Wycliffe, Calvin and Luther. No, God is consistent, even if these men are not. Lest I be accused here of prejudiced; I hasten to point out that Catholic “practices” have always been changeable; while both Doctrines and Dogmas are not.

God has one set of Key’s to Heaven gates; which He choose to give to Peter; and through Peter to his successors by absolute necessity:

Mt. 10:1-8 “And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. And the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give.”

So from a mandate to go “only to the house of Israel; to what we see here; Now YOU god to the entire world; and teach them what I taught to YOU….”

Mark 16:14-15 “At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go YOU into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Matthew 28: 19-20 “Going therefore, teach YOU all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded YOU: and behold I am with YOU all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
Friends, there is no lack of charity nor a lack of clarity here. This is the God we claim to know, Love and Serve, the question then seems to be: DO WE DO IT G OD’S WAY OR THE WAY WE PREFER, THE WAY WE LIKE? … WWJD? Amen.

One True God
One set of Keys given to Peter and his Successors
One set of God’s true Faith
And One Church

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