Spirit & Life Devotional
Tuesday, November 25
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
Matthew 16:19 NKJV “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.”
In the United States, people are awarded with the Key To The City. In old times, the key was given to trusted visitors and deserving citizens of a kingdom to show that they were free to enter and leave the kingdom through the gates at any time. They had become trusted friends. But in the verse above, the keys of the kingdom refers to divine authority vested upon a person.
Now, with the keys of the kingdom, Jesus said that whatever is bound on earth will be bound in heaven, and that whatever is loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven. In other words, whatever is forbidden or prohibited or disallowed on earth will be forbidden, prohibited and disallowed in heaven, and vice versa. Awesome!
Someone says Jesus was talking to Peter alone. That’s not true. Jesus repeated those words to everyone in Matthew 18:18-19, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Come on! What do you want to happen or not happen? You are waiting for God to do something, He’s waiting for you to say something! Use the keys!