Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influence our language today.
He/She is My Rock – “And 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” (Matthew 16:18 also see Matthew 7:24-27).
The word “rock” appears 119 times in the Bible and is commonly used as a metaphor for a firm spiritual foundation (Deuteronomy 32:4; II Samuel 22:3; Psalm 18:2; 62:6). We often use this expression to describe a person who a reliable supporter or foundation, a source of comfort and inner strength.
For example, in 2008, actress, Christina Applegate, referred to her boyfriend, musician Martyn Lenoble, as her “rock” during her cancer treatments.
Numerous songs and poems have been written with this theme, both secular and sacred. Sylvester Stallone took the word “Rocky” and developed a dynasty with 8 films covering 41 years and Dwayne Johnson has made the name “The Rock” known around the world.
There are three basic views concerning who or what the “rock” is in Matthew 18:
- The Catholic View – That the church is built upon Peter.
- The Protestant View – That the church is built upon Peter’s confession (Matthew 18:16).
- The Baptist View – That the church is built upon Christ (I Corinthians 3:11; 10:4; also, see Matthew 21:42). This view is the most consistent with Scripture.