Matthew 16:18 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.
The passage above does not mean Peter, a flesh and blood,shall carry the church, a spiritual body on his shoulders. Rather, it means the church shall be built on the revelations from God. spirit begat spirit therefore; the church, being a spiritual body, shall move forward through spiritual revelations received by those who are in spirit. Read this: Romans 8:14, For as many as are led by the Spirit of God; they are the sons of God. The enemy shall fight the church. To move forward with the message of the gospel, the church has had to fight battles too many to count. Battles from governments, entities of darkness and territorial demons that controls regions. The church indeed does not see humans as enemies, but potentials to be converted despite what sin they may have committed. The enemies we deal with are the devil and his demons, his instruments of evil and unrighteousness. See Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. So far the church is marching on with the message of the good news. See the report.
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