Keys to the Kingdom


Matthew 16:13-19

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God- That confession brings people into the family of God--the church. Through that confession, Jesus is going to build his church. Cf. 1 John 4:15; Philippians 2:11

keys of the kingdom of heaven- We have the ability to either open up the gates of Heaven so people will know KING JESUS, or sit with the keys in our pocket waiting for someone else to do the job.

This will come with a lot of responsibility and at times will not be convenient, but we dedicate our lives to this so that we will hear from God, "well done, good and faithful servant." Cf. Matthew 25:21-23

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