Authors Note: I wrote this article to submit to the Elijah List several years ago. Recently, I began to think again about the Keys of the Kingdom and found it on an old flash drive. I still think it was given with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is suitable for my blog.
THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
The phrase “keys to” is common and used every day by most everyone.
Your teenager may ask to borrow the car and he can’t use it unless you give him “the keys to the car.”
On Sunday morning the pastor or deacon arrives at the church and they cannot get into the church without using “the keys to the church.”
A shop owner arrives and cannot open for business without using his/her “keys to the shop.”
The last time you were in a hotel you probably used a key made like a charge card which contained a magnetic strip that you swiped in the lock to let you into the room.
We find several passages in the Word referring to keys, but the phrase is “of” rather than “to”in almost all. Let’s look at one in particular.
In Matthew 16:13-19 Jesus teaches us a very important principle of the Kingdom.
It begins with Jesus asking His disciples who men said that He was. They all gave their answers by saying that some said John the Baptist, some Elijah, others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Then He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter jumped right in with his answer. . .”You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus blessed him and said that flesh and blood (meaning no man) had revealed it to him, but that His Father who is in heaven. He goes on and tells us that He would build His church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.
Then in verse 19 He says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Beloved, grasp this picture with me. Peter just had a divine imparted revelation confirmed by Jesus Himself. Then, Jesus imparted the keys of the kingdom His disciples.
As we read on in the chapter, we find that Jesus then began to tell them about what He would suffer. What did Peter do? He pulled Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him saying this shall not happen to you. Peter had just had the revelation of who Jesus was and now he is telling Jesus that He is wrong! I think Peter must have mislaid the keys. Can you imagine telling Jesus, “excuse me brother, I believe you’ve made a mistake here?” Jesus then turns to Peter and rebukes the devil and lets Peter know that he is more concerned about the things of man than the things of God.
Jesus said He was giving them the keys of the kingdom. I believe that this meant He imparted authority. So from this we would see that the keys are directly related to our authority in His Name.
The Lord showed me that “the keys of the kingdom” are humility, repentance, and obedience. It is only through these three that we can experience the Kingdom and all its benefits of righteousness, peace, and joy. (Romans 14:17)
Beloved, we must daily remain humble, repentant, and obedient if we expect to use the authority of the Name of Jesus. I fear that too many of us have misplaced our keys of the kingdom. We take offense over little things. We notice and call attention to the speck in our brother’s eye as we pass off our own “sin” as if it were nothing. We grumble and complain over slight hardships in our lives. Are the gates of hell are prevailing against the church by us letting the devil use us to thwart the move of God?
Beloved, join with me today and determine that when we get into God’s presence, we’ll stay quiet long enough to let Him speak to us and show us “sins” we have passed off as nothing. Let’s wait before Him as long as it takes to let Him conform us to His image as we humble ourselves in true repentance determined to remain obedient. Then the keys of the kingdom will be effective in us to bind and loose on earth and in heaven.
Let the church be built up by our humility, repentance, and obedience.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea