Friday, November 2, 2012

Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven

The Lord Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:19;

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;
whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;

If we paraphrase this Word of Christ;

“I am about to build a Gentile Church. To you, Peter, I give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, so that you may first open the door of faith to them; but if you ask by what rule that My Church is to be governed, when the Mosaic rule may seem so improper for it, you shall be so guided by the Holy Spirit, that whatsoever of the law of Moses you shall forbid them shall be forbidden; whatsoever you grant them shall be granted.”

However this does not serve to establish the primacy and power of Peter over the rest of the apostles; nor do keys design any lordly domination or authority; nor did Christ allow of any such among His apostles; nor is it His Will that the ministers of His Word should lord it over the saints: He only is King of saints, and Head of His church; He has the Key of David, with which He opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens.

By the Kingdom of Heaven is meant the Gospel, which comes from heaven, declares the King Messiah to be come, speaks of things concerning His Kingdom, is the means of setting it up, and enlarging it, displays the riches of His Grace, and gives an account of the Kingdom of Heaven. “The keys” are abilities to open and explain the Gospel truths to the Jews and gentiles. That’s what Peter did in his service to Christ.

whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Peter exercised this authority over the tragedy of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11.

Ananias and Sapphira

“Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.”

When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him.

About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, “Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is the price.”

Peter said to her, “How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.”

At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband. Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”

I was not given this kind of binding and loosing authority over the Church matter but I think I was given the privilege to open the door of faith in Christ Jesus by telling everyone Jesus is the Son of the Living God and He is coming again to rule the earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords, VERY SOON. Amen.

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