1. Matthew 16:18-19
18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Fr. Abe interconnected this passage with Isaiah 22:15-25 wherein the key of the kingdom of David was passed from Shebna to Eliakim. The passages speaks of the keeper of the key as the steward or caretaker or major domo of the royal palace. Just like the Kings of the Old Kingdom of David having their Prime Ministers by giving them the royal key of power, Jesus the New and Everlasting King of Israel made the Apostle Peter the Steward or Prime Minister of the New Kingdom of David which is the Church.
Bro. Obeth added that the power to bind and to loose is a rabbinic terminologies which means having authority on faith and morals. To have the power to teach with authority, to determine what is right or wrong doctrinally and morally and to be the spiritual and administrative leader of the people of God. Such power is given to all the Apostles in Matthew 18:18 but it is given first and foremost and definitively to St. Peter. He argues that since Jesus is God He has to return to His glory in Heaven and the Church here on earth necessitates a leader to guide it in the right path. So the Lord had chosen Peter to be His steward or president of the Church to keep it in unity, harmony and peace.
2. Luke 22:31-32
31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Here, Bro. Franz argued that in verse 31 he noticed that the pronoun ‘you’ is plural in many translations. He consulted the great Biblical scholar of the Bicol Church, Msgr. Noe de los Santos and he said that the original Greek text really shows that it is in plural form. It means that Satan wants to destroy all members of the Church. Yet when Jesus spoke in verse 32 He prayed only for Peter. Peter’s strength is enough to strengthen all the brethren. This categorically shows that Peter is the head of the Church after Jesus and that he is the leader of all the believers.
3. John 21:15-17
15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.