And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:17,18,19
There is little question that much has been imposed on these verses. Entire ecclesiastical systems have risen, and may fall on the proper interpretation of them.
I do not wish to impose on them either, but simply to ask you if we can conclude from these passages that “nothing will prevail against or defeat the mission of the church?”
In other words, would it be ok to paraphrase Jesus’ words in this way; “I will build my church, and nothing will prevail against its mission.”