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Matthew 16:19, Keys to Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (KJV)
What did Jesus mean by this? Did Christ actually give Simon Peter some literal, physical keys?
And what about binding on Earth would be bound in Heaven, or loosed on Earth would be loosed in Heaven? Yes, He meant that. Were these keys given ONLY to Simon Peter? . . . . NO!
NO, Jesus gives these keys to everyone who make the same confession that Peter made! IF you know Christ as Saviour . . . IF you are a child of God, YOU have these keys as well as ALL other believers! Keys were the badge of authority for the office of the scribes who interpreted the Scriptures to the people, as in Nehemiah’s day (Neh.8:1-8). When Nehemiah wrote, there probably were no more than two copies of the Scriptures in existence. Multitudes of the people who returned to the land of Israel after 70 years of captivity had never heard the Word of God. So the people were called together, and they had the greatest Bible reading on record. They read all the way until noon. Ezra the priest would read a Bible portion, then students of the Scriptures who were stationed among the people would ask, “Did you understand what he read?” Some would say, “No, I never heard that before,” or, “I don’t know exactly what it means,” and they would stop and explain it to them. When faces would light up with understanding, the signal would be given and Ezra would read another portion, and the appointed men would be out there in the crowd to help them understand what he had read.
That began at that time one of the greatest revivals you find recorded in the Bible. Also the order of the scribe began with Ezra, and in time all the scribes began to wear keys. In Christ’s day you could see them moving about in the temple area, all wearing keys as the badge of their office.
My friend, that key is in OUR hand today. If we withhold the Word, we “bind on earth”; if we give the Word, we “loose on earth.” NO one individual church has the keys to the exclusion of all other believers. We have a responsibility to give out the Gospel because it is the only thing that can save people. There is someone around you today, maybe several people, who will not hear the Gospel unless you give it to them.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (KJV)
It is a great privilege and wonderful experience
to use the keys and open the door for someone who has not heard the Gospel before or has not accepted it. It could be that because of your testimony, your use of the keys, he/she walks in . . . coming to faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God! What a thrill it is to see someone walk through the open door to come to faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, because you use your “keys”.
Again I tell you . . . NO one man or NO special church has the SOLE possession of the keys. If you are a born again believer . . . YOU have the keys! ALL TRUE believers have a great responsibility today to give out the Gospel because it is the ONLY thing that can save people. Jesus makes a tremendous statement! WHO is sufficient for these things? You and I! We have a responsibility to obey Jesus! Being a ‘closet Christian’ is a sin! We must “go ye therefore!”
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV) A COMMAND to ALL God's TRUE children!
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1 Cor.chapter 5, Should the Church Judge?
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1 John 5:4-5, Overcoming By Faith
1 John 5:16 . . . A Sin Unto Death???
1 John 5:18-20, Those Born of God Sinneth Not
1 Thes.5:23, Man's Trinity
2 Cor.2:14-17, Savour of Death, Savour of Life?
2 Thes.2:10-12, Those Left Behind
Col.3:12-17, How Believers Are To Live
Daniel 7:13-14, Christ in His Glory
Daniel 9:24-27, Daniel's 70 Weeks
Ecclesiastes 9:5-10, NO Soul Sleep
Genesis 3:15, Seed of the Woman
Genesis 6:1-2, Sons of God
Hebrews 6:4-9, Can a TRUE Christian Fall from Grace?
Hebrews 10:26, Do NOT Reject Christ!
Isaiah 53:4-5, By His Stripes We Are Healed!
John 6:47-58, Eating the Flesh and Blood of Jesus
John 15:1-6, Unfruitful Branches Burned?
Mark 3:28-29, The Unpardonable Sin?
Matthew Chapter 13, Mystery Parables of Jesus
Matthew 16:19, Keys to Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 5:48, Being Perfect?
Matthew 7:21-23, Not Every One Goes to Heaven
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* * * * Matthew 22:36-40, Believers' TWO Commandments * * * *
Matthew 23:13-30, Woes of Hypocrites