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The Splendor of the Church TV Program: “The Primacy of Peter, part 1” Feb. 16, 2008

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on April 3, 2008

The Splendor of the Church TV Program: “The Primacy of Peter, part 1” Feb. 16, 2008

Bro. Obeth Apin and Bro. Franz Luigi Lugena during the program

Last February 16, 2008 The Splendor of the Church team started discussing THE PRIMACY OF PETER using 50 Biblical passages given by the American Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong. We started discussing the passages one by one starting from the 3 basic ones. Although each one shared their own research and studies on each passages here are some of the highlights:

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.

Franz continued discussing the topic and had a hearty sharing of ideas with Fr. Abe even after the program.

One texter sent a question: Yes, it is written in Matthew 16:18-19 that Peter was given the Keys of the Kingdom. But it is not stated there that the Keys were handed later on to the Popes. Where in the Bible does it says that other people also received the power handed to Peter?
First, we have to bear in mind once again the connection between Matthew 16:18-19 and Isaiah 22. In Isaiah 22 the Key was transferred from Shebna to Eliakim. For us Filipinos it is not so obvious but for Jews who were the first beneficiaries of Matthean Gospel it was clear as the sun that Jesus re-established the Kingdom of David in Matthew 16 and that He had chosen St. Peter to be the Prime Minister of the Kingdom and that authority just like in the Old Testament must be passed on from one keeper to the other. Much more the Bible is clear that the BISHOPRIC of the Apostles must continue after their death, that a successor must be chosen to continue their works and their authority:
Acts 1:15-20
15And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take.
If the traitor Judas Iscariot must be replaced by another who must takeover his BISHOPRIC, then it must also be for PETER THE KEEPER OF THE KEYS. Thus, we Catholic calls every Bishop of Rome as THE SUCCESSOR OF PETER.

One Response to “The Splendor of the Church TV Program: “The Primacy of Peter, part 1” Feb. 16, 2008”

  1. G-one said

    Henry Arganda…

    Nasagot na namin ang mga tanong mo..

    at para kang langaw na lipad doon, tugpa dri…

    Debate na tayo…

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