And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. MT 16.18
The church is the only institution on earth that Jesus is specifically building. Yes, Jesus establishes nations, and helps us launch businesses, ministries, and careers. But he has a unique commitment to his church. He is personally building and protecting his church. Even the “gates of hell” – all the powers, schemes and assaults of Satan and his demons – won’t be able to destroy Jesus’ church.
The church is the only earthly institution that will last for eternity. The great kingdoms of old have faded away but the church is growing and stronger than ever. Ancient Egypt, with its Pharaohs and Pyramids, is history. Babylon no longer exists. The great kingdom of Rome has fallen. Nero and Caesar and others who persecuted the church have long passed away, but the church just keeps going. Someday the United States will be a memory. The biggest businesses and most successful companies will be forgotten. In eternity, no one will care about Apple or Toyota or Google. Only the church will remain for eternity.