Part 55 I was asked a question not too long ago by an individual that had a background in Greek studies, and he had a question about Matthew 16:18 that I have used to teach that Christ made a promise to His apostles that the church would always exist, and there would never be a time in history when the church would not exist until Christ returns to deliver the kingdom (1 Cor. 15:23-24). The person stated, “You use Matthew 16:18 and said it implied a promise of the protection of Christ for the church. I have believed that, but found I was wrong. The gates of hell, of course, is death. The antecedent of ‘it’ is Christ’s building of the church.”

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