From Bishop Ryle’s precious Expository Thoughts on the Gospels –
The Church which Jesus promises to build upon a rock, is “the blessed company of all faithful people.” It is not the visible church of any one nation, or country, or place. It is the whole body of believers of every age, and tongue, and people. It is a church composed of all who are washed in Christ’s blood, clothed in Christ’s righteousness, renewed by Christ’s Spirit, joined to Christ by faith, and epistles of Christ in life. It is a church of which every member is baptized with the Holy Ghost, and is really and truly holy. It is a church which is one body. All who belong to it are of one heart and one mind, hold the same truths, and believe the same doctrines as necessary to salvation. It is a church which has only one Head. That Head is Jesus Christ Himself. “He is the head of the body.” (Colossians 1:18) Thoughts on Matthew 16:13-20
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