Sunrise, Fairhead, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ireland
THE PRIMACY OF PETER
“Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying: ‘Whom do men say that the Son of man is?’ But they said: ‘Some John the Baptist, and other some Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’ Jesus said to them: ‘But whom do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said: ‘Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answering said to him: ‘Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: because flesh and blood has not revealed it to thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven. And I say to thee: Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shall bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven’” (Mt16:13-19).
Peter’s declaration of faith was not based on carnal knowledge, but on the revelation of Almighty God.
Jesus built His Church on the faith of Peter, not on his intellect.
See how Jesus confirmed the Primacy of Peter and the ship of faith. “It came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Genesareth, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. And going into one of the ships that was Simon’s, He desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting, He taught the multitudes out of the ship. Now when He had ceased to speak, He said to Simon: ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught’” (Lk 5:1-4).
There were two ships and Jesus had His choice of which one to use. He choose Peter’s. The ship here is symbolic of the Church.
And (Jesus) ‘sitting, He taught the multitudes out of the ship.’ Jesus sat in the Chair of Peter!
The Primacy of Peter was here shown in the physical sense, and fulfilled in the spiritual when Jesus said: ‘Thou art Peter…’
The Lord said: “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren” (Lk 22:31,32). Here we see that Jesus gave absolute authority and Primacy to Peter when He said: ‘…confirm thy brethren.’
The supremacy of Peter can never be doubted, and those who do so are neither Catholic nor Christian. We have had some popes who did bad things, said some wrong things, but we must never forget that we must always have a Supreme Pontiff. Today that pontiff is Francis – yes he says some very questionable things, but he still represents Peter. If we break away from his elected authority we would become like the protest religion of Luther and like him have some 30,000 different ‘churches.’ How sad that would be.
No matter how much Catholic teaching seems to be watered down today by the forgers of error, there are some undeniable facts and truths that shall never be changed – The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, and the Church is Jesus Christ.
With the Divine Authority and commissioning given by Jesus Christ establishing the supreme government of His Church, it is absolutely impossible that any temporal government or sect try to usurp the authority given by the Lord Himself. Therefore, it is directly repugnant to the law of God and His Holy Catholic Church, that anyone should try to do so. The permanent establishment of the Catholic Church was granted by the mouth of Our Saviour Jesus Christ to Saint Peter whilst He lived and was personally present here on earth, and told Peter to ‘go, teach all nations.’
Temporal man cannot be head of God’s Spiritual organization.
Temporal man cannot usurp God’s Divine command.
The Kingdom of God must be defended with the same dedication and conviction like any other kingdom and even more so!
We said in the opening page of this site that The One True, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church shall emerge triumphant in The One, True, Holy, Eternal, Virgin, Eucharistic Church, in union and oneness in God, in the Eucharistic Reign of Christ on earth as it is in Heaven.
Why would I say this?
It is recorded: “The things that were first, behold they are come: and new things do I declare: before they spring forth, I will make you hear them…Remember not former things, and look not on things of old…Behold I do new things, and now they shall spring forth, verily you shall know them” (Is 42:9;43:18,19).
“And He that sat on the Throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me: Write. For these words are most faithful and true…And He said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega: the Beginning and the End” (Apoc 21:5,6).
I say ‘Virgin’ as Saint Paul records: “For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to One Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that comes preaches another Christ, whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, whom you have not received; or another gospel, which you have not received: you might well bear with him” (2Co 11:2-4).
I say ‘Eternal’ for Jesus Christ did say: “Amen, amen, I say unto you: except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you shall not have Life in you. He that eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has Everlasting Life and I will raise him up in the last day. For My Flesh is meat indeed: and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in him” (Jn 6:54-57). ‘Everlasting Life’ – is Eternal!
To find out more on this subject read: The Third Testament – The Eternal Virgin Eucharistic Church