Keys of the kingdom of heaven
But if they were for Peters use, to open the gates of hell , did Peter use them? She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Thou madest Him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under His feet: (Psa 8:6) And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the Head. Gates are not built for offensive purposes, but only for defense.
The church of Jesus Christ has a responsibility to preach, represent and bring the Kingdom of God to these areas. Because a praying church is a militant and victorious church. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God (Jn 3:5) The Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom and.
There are hardly any sermons about spiritual discipline, moral responsibility and dying to self anymore. This authority, not on exactly the same level as during the apostolic era, still resides in the leaders of the local church. The purpose of every believer is to establish the Kingdom of God upon this earth.
I will write a lot more about Matthew 16:18 in a future post, but for now, note that it is not the gates of hell which are attacking the church. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. No, the kingdom of heaven is the kingdom that is ruled by heaven.
He indicates that those who were behind the wall had no hope and were without God in the world, but this wall was broken down so that the two people groups on earth, the Jews and Gentiles, could become one new people group, the church. The other important work of the church is loosening, or the ministry of release; from sickness, from demonic oppression and possession, from the bondage of sin. So all of this is what I think Jesus meant when he gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter. Later, addressing all the disciples, our Lord repeated the words, Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven ( Matthew 18:18 ).
When we use the keys to the kingdom, we use them on behalf of the king. When a decision is made by the church, or one of these select leaders, Jesus rubber stamps it from heaven. The church as the new people of God who follow Jesus into the world, declaring, proclaiming, and revealing a new way of living according to the ways of the kingdom of heaven. Through prayer you have communion with the Father and make intercession for people and areas, to claim them for the Kingdom of God.
The Apostle Paul in his letters, referred to this barrier not as the gates of hell, but as the dividing wall of hostility (Eph 2:14). The ministry of the Church is a ministry of loosening people from the power of Satan, and from the chains of sin, and binding the demonic forces set against God and his people. You have become a new creation, who is seated in Jesus Christ in the heavenly places. .
The power youve been given is not meant for your own glory, benefit, and kingdom. #4 Whatever you bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, The church binds up evil, sin, and the demonic rule on the earth. Matthew removes the possible stumbling block by the alternative phrase.
As long as, his church stays in, him, the gates of hell shall not prevail against, his church. They can refer to the universal sense of the entire creation, which is ultimately under the control of God. They will not hear unless those with the keys, the gospel message, open their mouths and speak (Ro 10:14).
This mission began with Jesus, and He passed the mission on to the apostles, and specifically in Matthew 16:19, to Peter. What is the Kingdom of Heaven? Because God has given His rulership (temporarily) to His Son and Jesus represents the will of His Father I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because.