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Here Peter resumed his occupation of fisherman for a short time, but soon received the definitive call of the Saviour to become one of His permanent disciples.

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This meaning becomes so much the clearer when we remember that the words "bind" and "loose" are not metaphorical, but Jewish juridical terms.

It is also clear that the position of Peter among the other Apostles and in the Christian community was the basis for the Kingdom of God on earth, that is, the Church of Christ.

When, after the High Council had sent envoys for the second time to the Baptist, the latter pointed to Jesus who was passing, saying, "Behold the Lamb of God", Andrew and another disciple followed the Saviour to his residence and remained with Him one day.

Later, meeting his brother Simon, Andrew said "We have found the Messias", and brought him to Jesus, who, looking upon him, said: "Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is interpreted Peter".

" The Apostles answered: "Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets".

Jesus said to them: "But whom do you say that I am?

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter [Kipha, a rock], and upon this rock [Kipha] I will build my church [ekklesian], and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

In especially solemn fashion Christ accentuated Peter's precedence among the Apostles, when, after Peter had recognized Him as the Messias, He promised that he would be head of His flock.

Jesus was then dwelling with His Apostles in the vicinity of Caesarea Philippi, engaged on His work of salvation.

Already, at this first meeting, the Saviour foretold the change of Simon's name to Cephas () a proof that Christ had already special views with regard to Simon.

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