Context is so important to understanding any passage. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this Peter I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
“And I say also unto thee, That thou are Peter, and upon this James I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” For the Church to be built upon Peter or James, it would have a very unsure foundation. The beginning of the Church on the seashore of Galillee began with Jesus not James or Peter. The only safe, secure, and solid foundation is Jesus. As Jesus walked the shores of that lake, he called certain men that had repented and been born again and were baptised by John the Baptist. They were the prepared material Jesus added to himself. Jesus the foundation and the apostles added onto the foundation. To put my name in this passage picks it up out of its setting and changes the meaning all together. There is no need to change the meaning. It is comperable to pulling a diamond out of its setting. It destroys the beauty. Let us keep the diamond of this verse in its setting and enjoy the exquisite beauty of Jesus in the setting He was intended to be in.