Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 28, 2018

“Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’” – “Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:19-22.

“And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?”  They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah;  but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”  And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”  But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”  Luke 9:19-22.


How is today’s Scripture reconciled with the following Matthew 16:13-20 which both cover the same event?          

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist;  and others, Elijah;  but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church;  and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;  and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”  Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  Matthew 16:13-20.

Today’s Scripture (Luke 9:19-22) contains no praise for Peter nor use of Peter’s confession of Christ.  Whereas, Matthew 16:13-20 apparently does.  But, when we look closer at Matthew 16:17, God is credited for Peter’s confession, and Peter is only blessed to have that revealed to him.  In other words, Peter would not have confessed that Jesus was “the Christ” unless God revealed it to him.

The focal point of today’s Scripture is the death and resurrection of Christ.  Whereas, the focal point of Matthew 16:13-20 apparently is Peter and his confession of Christ.  But, we note that both Scriptures contain similar language.  “But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone.”  Verse 21.  “Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  Matthew 16:20.  In other words, Jesus Himself would build His church, and we should not take our eyes off of Jesus to fix our stare on Peter or Peter’s confession.  “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith …”  Hebrews 12:1-2.

Who or what is “this rock” upon which Jesus will build His church in Matthew 16:18?

Is the rock Peter or Peter’s confession?  Or is the rock Christ Himself?

Other doctrine focuses on man and what man does.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and what God does.

Man is not trustworthy.  Peter denied Christ three times.  Like Paul was a mere man, so Peter was a mere man.

Is the foundation of the church Peter or Christ?

“For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one;  but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers;  you are God’s field, God’s building.

According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it.  But each man must be careful how he builds on it.  For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 3:4-11.

It is amazing how many times that Scripture refers to God as the Rock.

“The Rock!  His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.”    Deuteronomy 32:4.

“There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.”  1 Samuel 2:2.

“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”  2 Samuel 22:47.

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  Psalm 18:2.

“For who is God, but the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God,”  Psalm 18:31.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:46.

“For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.”  Psalm 31:3.

“He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold;  I shall not be greatly shaken.”  Psalm 62:2.

“7 On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
8 Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:7-8.

O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”  Psalm 95:1.

“Trust in the LORD forever,
For in God the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.”  Isaiah 26:4.

“‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”  Isaiah 44:8.

“just as it is written,


“and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them;  and the rock was Christ.”  1
Corinthians 10:4.


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