In Matthew 18:18, the
Apostles share in the power to bind
and loose that was given to
Peter in 16:19; what was given
to Peter alone is now shared
by the whole Church in the person
of the Apostles.
If Peter held a position of
primacy, the other Apostles would
have to know that and would
have reflected that role thrust
on Peter by Christ in their
relationships to him. In other words,
does the Bible reveal a
primary place or role for Peter
consciously acknowledged by
the New Testament writers?
Yes, the biblical portrait of
Peter presented earlier in this
chapter attests to the
preeminent role of Peter among the
writers of the New Testament.