What are the Keys to the Kingdom?
"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." 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ."
What does it mean to be given the keys to the kingdom of heaven? The keys to the kingdom of heaven is access to the sovereign rule and resources of the Creator God. Peter was to be among the first to receive the ability to unlock God's rule and resources by proclaiming to people the Word of God.
The keys meant that when a believer shares the gospel with another person, it gives the person the ability to repent of his/her sin and receive the resources of God to live an abundant and eternal life. "Bind" in the language of the day meant to "forbid" and "loose" meant to "permit".
When we share God's word, we forbid (bind) people to sin and if they do not repent of their sin and believe the gospel they will miss out on experiencing the privileges of abundant and eternal life.
When we share God's word we permit (loose) people who repent of their sin and believe the gospel to experience the privileges of abundant and eternal life.
We are to unlock the resources of God's kingdom to as many as we can by sharing the gospel with words and displaying the resources of the kingdom in our life (Galatians 5:22-23).
Are we using the keys of the kingdom, the word of God, to open the door to people for them to be able to live an abundant and eternal life?
Now, to tackle verse twenty. Why did Jesus tell the disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ? Maybe it wasn't the right time to publicly share until He was raised from the dead. We really don't know, but we do know we are to take the good news of Jesus being the Savior of the world to everyone.
One day we will know why Jesus told His disciples not to share the truth in that particular time and space. Sometimes it is good to keep our mouths shut too in certain circumstances. Jesus had a good reason.
BUT, we do know we are to proclaim the good news to everyone.
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