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Question 7

Romans 15:12 says: And again Isaiah says, "There shall come the root of Jesse, and He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him (Jesus) shall the Gentiles hope." (NAS)

This is a prophecy of the coming of Christ (a descendant of Jesse--Jesse was the father of David--and Jesus descended from David -- see the genealogy of Christ at Luke 3:31), not a prophecy of the coming of Peter. Only Christ had the authority to rule over the church. Peter was one of many elders in the church. Yet he did not have the authority to lord over the church.

Consider the words of Peter himself:

1 Peter 5:1-4 "Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (NAS)

Jesus is the Chief Shepherd.