For those who have not been with us the last three weeks, we have been studying Matthew 16:13-19. In these passages, Jesus asks a question of His disciples of extreme importance to their future purpose. According to Jesus, a correct answer to this question was a product of divine revelation. A correct answer provided a foundation upon which the kingdom of heaven could be built. A correct answer provided for power to overcome the enemy. Who do you really believe Jesus to be?? Does your life reveal the truth about Jesus?
Jesus told His disciples that His kingdom would be more powerful than any force of man or Satan. That those who build their life upon a correct revelation of Jesus would be transformed by the very revelation they see (1 John 3:2). This scripture speaks of transformation by that which is revealed to us. We become what we believe. If we believe in the Lordship and Love of Jesus, our submission to Him can make us like Him in motive and character. We become living stones – made of the same material of the Rock of our Salvation by the Holy Spirit of God! Jesus speaks of giving keys to His disciples.
In scripture, the possession of keys is equated to one who has access and authorization. Palace administrators possessed keys. This was a position of stewardship not ownership. Ownership belonged to the king. The concept of “binding and loosing” in the Jewish mindset was a right of the rabbis. They were the ones who it was believed held the right to interpret scripture for the people. Jesus’ true disciples possess revelation of who He is. The revelation of who Jesus is lays the groundwork for all true biblical revelation. The keys are used to release and forbid that which is revealed in the lordship of Jesus through His Word.Revelation and submission bring access and authorization which creates a platform for more revelation.
God has the power to do anything. He has given the keys of the kingdom of heaven to His true disciples. We shall see extravagant manifestations of His power. Possessing the keys doesn’t give us control over His will nor will it ever. We were not delegated the authority to make this place into heaven. We cannot use the keys to make something happen unless it has already been released in heaven. Keys open doors to release what is inside they are not tools to manufacture something that is not part of the plan. Having keys does not imply having control. Keys are a product of revelation and are to be used according to revelation. To be able to participate in the revelation of the will of God is a tremendous honor.
Extravagant manifestation of the will of God is a foundation upon which the church is built – it exists to make it known. I can hear the keys of the kingdom jingling! And, duplicates are being passed out to those who are acting on what they see and are hungry for more!
1 John 3:2 (NIV)
Matthew 16:19 (AMP)
Isaiah 22:20-22 (NIV)
Luke 11:52 (NIV)
Luke 8:18 (NLT)
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