Peter, the Rock, and the Keys

Artist portrayal of the Apostle Peter preaching

Artist portrayal of the Apostle Peter preaching


Jesus spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:18. Did Jesus make Peter the Rock upon whom the Christian church was founded? Did the pronouncement in Matthew 16 mean that Rome was to be the headquarters of the Christian church? What does the Bible say about the Rock and the stone? What did early church writers teach? The Church of Rome says that John was a prominent apostle who lived decades after Peter–so if there was a specific succession that occurred when Peter was martyred, would it not have passed to him? Who did John Chrysostom teach had the keys?

A written article of related interest is available titled: Was Peter the Rock Who Alone Received the Keys of the Kingdom?

A free online book of related interest may be "Continuing History of the Church of God" URL: