“on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
-Matthew 16:17-18 NIV
Sadly, it’s human (sinful) nature for us to doubt God. I don’t know why we do, but we do, and it doesn’t make sense. If there is a God, then He’s eternal, all powerful, all knowing. This reading from Matthew 16 assures us that God can’t lose. God will not be overcome, and His body, the church will not be overcome. The church is the place where the Good News about Jesus is regularly proclaimed. The church is the place where sinners are baptized and brought to faith in Christ. The church is where we receive the body and blood of Jesus to strengthen us in our daily battles. We are safe in the church because the church will not be overcome, ever. By “the church”, I don’t mean the building. Victory will one day close and be torn down. Someday, something else will occupy this ground, but the Church, those around the world who believe in Jesus as their Savior, they will never be overcome by anyone, or anything. Through faith in Jesus we, the Church, are eternal. When your life feels like a battle field, rejoice. God cannot lose. He has secured eternal salvation for you. Now, through faith in Christ, you will not lose.