The Keys of the Kingdom
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.” (Matthew 16:19)
The keys of the kingdom represent the access you have to the Father
through your relationship to Jesus Christ. With this relationship you have
access to everything that is accessible to Christ. However, this access is not
given indiscriminately; Jesus gave the keys to His disciples only after they
recognized that He was the Christ. Once the disciples were convinced that Jesus
was the Savior, they entered into a unique and personal relationship with Him.
Their relationship to Jesus gave them direct access to their heavenly Father.
Likewise, your relationship with Christ opens the door of heaven for you and
gives you direct access to the Father. Peter discovered that once he had keys
to the kingdom, he could go to the Father in every situation. When he stood to
preach before thousands on the day of Pentecost, this simple fisherman opened
the door to the kingdom for three thousand people in one day (Acts 2:41). When
he encountered a lame man, he used his access to God and His healing power, and
the man was healed (Acts 3:6). When he was imprisoned, Peter discovered that the
keys of the kingdom could open even the most secure prison door (Acts 12:6–10).
If you are a Christian you, too, have keys to the kingdom of heaven. You
do not need an intermediary, for you have an unobstructed access to God. With
that access come all the resources you need to face any circumstance. When you
are afraid, you have access to God’s peace that surpasses comprehension (Phil.
4:6). When you have a broken relationship, you have access to the God of
reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18–21). When you meet someone in need, you have access
to God’s provision for that person. What an incredible privilege to be
entrusted with keys to the kingdom of heaven!