The Apostle Peter is the “rock” on which the Church was founded. This is quite explicit in Scripture, and in Tradition. Peter went to Antioch and founded the Christian Church there. Every Patriarch of Antioch both Catholic and Orthodox traces his lineage back through the centuries to the Apostle Peter. Then Peter went to Rome. As the First Bishop of Antioch he was now the First Bishop of Rome. The word “Pope” eventually came into use meaning Papa, Father. Every Patriarch of Rome who is the same as the Bishop of Rome, who is the same as the Pope of Rome, traces his lineage back through the centuries to the Apostle Peter. To me this makes the Church of Antioch and the Church of Rome co-equals as twin sister churches.
Protestants try so hard to debunk the Traditions of the Roman Bishops, but would they dare to try the same against the Antiochean Traditions? It would be a losing game for the protestants. Orthodoxy and Catholicism hold Traditions that are true and Truths that are Traditions.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.