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THE KINGDOM OF GOD
KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
“And I will give unto thee the keys
of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be
bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in
heaven” (Mat. 16:19).
With the words of this passage in view, let us suppose that a king of
incredible wealth decides to do something wonderfully beneficent for his people —
no other king has ever done. He
decides to take all the wealth he has amassed and share it fully with each and
every subject of his kingdom. There
are great treasures, vast sums of money, gold, silver, precious stones, houses,
lands, huge warehouses full of grain and rations of various kinds, and a
multitude of other commodities. Why
all this generosity? Because the
king is good, he has a pure spirit and a loving heart,
and justice is the essence of his
character. He wants his people to
be happy, to know joy, to prosper and experience the best of what life has to
offer. He wants them to live on his
own level of wealth and abundance.
Of course, there must be a means, a method for the distribution of all
these blessings and benefits. Certain
rules have to be established, and specific guidelines put in place.
For instance, the king must appoint a select company of men to have the
oversight over the distribution of his wealth.
These men must be completely trustworthy — honest, unselfish, faithful, industrious, skilled, conscientious and
efficient. They must have only the
will of the king and the best interests of the people at heart.
One bright morning you are called with a chosen group of men to appear
before the king. A background check
has been done on each one and only those who have met the rigid qualifications
have been selected. “To you,”
the king says to these men, “I entrust the keys of my kingdom.
It is obvious that you understand my heart and share my purpose.
Take these and do what you should. My
palace is available to you twenty-four hours a day, and all my houses,
warehouses, treasuries, and gates will open and lock by these keys I give you.
The future success of this venture rests with you.
Now, I must be about other important matters!”
What an honor! What a
What would you do? Would you
use the keys carelessly, selfishly, or dishonestly?
Would you brag to everyone you meet that you are one of the select
persons in the kingdom who has the final say as to who gets what and who
doesn’t? Would you walk about
haughtily with an air of superiority because you have privileged access to the
realms of riches of the king? Would
you conceal the full intent of the king to share his wealth with every man, from the pauper to the prince, and prevent certain
individuals who appear unworthy, or whom you don’t like, from getting their
fair share? Or would you let
everyone know of the king’s benevolence, while at the same time protecting the
interests of the king by making known and enforcing the few stipulations and
procedures he established? I do not
doubt for one moment that the king would be interested in whether or not the
people were receiving and enjoying his gift!
Should some people refuse to believe his generosity, they must be
convinced, because it is the decree of the
king that they have their part in his kingdom.
If they don’t know the proper protocol for receiving the gift, they
must be instructed. If they have
neither the wisdom nor the ability to properly use the gift, they should be
taught, or someone appointed to administer the gift on their behalf.
That all this is accomplished is of vital interest to the king —
but the importance and power attributed to you, the holder
of the keys, would be far less significant to him.
Within this illustration lies the divine secret to the keys of the
Kingdom of Heaven. You see, Peter
is not the issue. The kind of power
Jesus did or did not bestow on Peter is not what this is about. Rather, Jesus was talking about something new and wonderful
that had come to earth — the Kingdom of God itself and the possibility and plan for
every son and daughter of Adam to enter into a new realm and participate in that
whole new dimension of life. So
different, however, was this Kingdom, that only a company of very special people
with unique purpose and particular qualifications would be able to successfully
unlock all of its riches and judiciously administer all of its benefits fully to
every man according to the will of the King.
The issue is not what the people think they want, or what the
administrators want, but a matter of the King’s decree!
Any who would illegally grasp after that which is not theirs must be
quickly and effectively dealt with — but
in the end every man would receive his share.
Those unfaithful servants who would deny the blessings to some because of
their own ignorance, unbelief, or rebellion, must be punished, but in the end
every man will receive his inheritance. For
any man to live as he had previously lived would impugn the wonder of the gift.
But for any man to express contempt for the gift, or to secure it by
illegal means, or to mistreat it in any way, would bring swift judgment by
authority of the King. So the
person holding the keys was not only to open up this marvel of grace and glory,
but to protect it from ruin as well. Every
man must be so dealt with that he will ultimately accept the gift and live in
the power of its provision. So the
work of the keeper of the keys goes way beyond just passing out gifts; it
involves the ability to convince every man to joyfully receive the gift and to
prepare every man to properly appropriate the gift.
The intention and provision of the King is very
wise and thorough!
“You understand me, Peter,” the Lord seemed to be saying, ‘you are
someone to whom I can entrust the keys of my Kingdom!”
What a day of days it must have been for Peter, who had already seen so
much beyond what other men had seen, to now be given the keys of the Kingdom of
Heaven! Many make the mistake of
thinking that only Peter was given these keys!
Notice, however, the qualifying statement that follows which explains how
the keys work. “What soever
thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
It is revealing to note that this whole incident isn’t even mentioned
in any of the other Gospels. But
those identical words about binding and loosing are spoken by Jesus again just
two chapters later, when He’s talking to all
His footstep followers. “Verily I
say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching
anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in
heaven” (Mat. 18:18-19). Check it
out! It should be obvious to every
thinking mind that the other disciples, too — not every
follower, but every specially selected disciple — was given the keys
of the Kingdom of Heaven!
But beyond this — what was Jesus’ intent
in giving the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to His chosen disciples?
Was it to let everyone know clearly who was in charge of letting people
into the Kingdom and keeping them out? Not
by any means! It had nothing whatever to do with letting people in or shutting people
out of the Kingdom of Heaven — it was rather a matter of
releasing the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven to all men, but
not so indiscriminately that men could inherit the Kingdom on their own terms
without meeting its requirements. To
the key keepers is given the responsibility and ministry of opening up this new
realm of the Kingdom of Heaven to all men, and making sure that Kingdom
principles are adhered to. Was
Peter a good key keeper? Or was
Peter more interested in impressing people with the great power he had within
himself — to
admit or bar them from the favor of God? Ah,
Peter proved worthy of this honor! He
never mentions the keys in his epistles, nor do any of the other apostles speak
of the keys, but he does write about the wonders of who we are in Christ, a Royal
Priesthood, of the great and precious promises by which we escape
corruption; of the great principles of our entrance into, and inheritance in,
the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; of the passing of the old
heavens and earth and the establishment of the new; and how to walk in the will
of God as sons of the Most High. These
are the words and wisdom and revelation of a man who within himself possessed
the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven! And
he possessed those keys as an apostle of the church age to bring forth the
formation of the Christ body in the earth!
The sun is now setting on the church age with its ministry of apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
The transcendent glory of that brighter and greater age when the body of
Christ has been brought to its fullness in the manifestation
of the sons of God is even now dawning upon us. We know this, not by claiming a scripture or by
embracing a doctrine, but because the Holy Ghost has powerfully spoken
and testified of it among vast numbers of the Lord’s elect in recent years.
It is a revelation “come down from heaven” and proclaimed in the
“power of the Spirit.” Those
who cannot see the change in dispensations, nor the implications of it, have not
heard from God. The present work of
the Spirit has to do with the Kingdom of God increasing into the new age, not
established just in the lives of the elect body of Christ, but through them
among all the nations and peoples of the earth.
It is a new day and a new work. In
the previous age the Lord’s dealings have been for the formation of His body,
the sons of God. In the dawning age
the Lord’s dealings will be through
the manifested sons of God, gathered out of the previous age, for the increase
of His kingdom and peace throughout the earth.
Of the increase of His kingdom and of His peace there shall
be no end! From age to age the
Kingdom shall increase, first in the Lord’s people, then in all the earth, and
finally throughout all the endless vastnesses of infinity forever more!
God has prepared His holy remnant, who are all sons of God, those whom He
has formed for His purposes and called to sonship for such an hour as this.
Our Father has made us what He wants us to be, and that is what we are.
He has called us, separated us unto Himself, laid His hand upon us,
broken us to pieces, purged and purified us out of the world and out of the
religious systems of men, in the furnace of affliction, and led us in the
strange paths of His dealings, that He might raise us up by the power of His
Spirit and make us a blessing unto all the ends of the earth.
We now desire to do all the will of our Father in the earth!
Our expectation is to use the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to bring the
blessings and benefits, the power and the glory and the riches, of God’s
Kingdom upon all men of all the nations. During
the church age the Lord’s ministers have only had power to claim the called
out for God. If men refused,
there was nothing else we could do. But
in the age coming upon us, the sons of God will have power to claim all
men for God! We are not willing
to lose even one to hell or eternal damnation. We will do whatever it takes to
accomplish this! We will use the
keys of the Kingdom that God gives His sons, just as Jesus said, “If two of
you shall agree on earth as touching any thing (or any person or persons) that
they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” What power to claim all
men for God lies in these keys! All
the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and resistance is futile, for the transforming power of the Spirit shall
be poured out from on High through the sons of God.
All men shall be assimilated into the Kingdom of God!
All creation shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the sons of God. What
It is now time for the apostles of
the Kingdom to be sent forth. These
apostles of the Kingdom are the firstfruits company.
In these firstfruits the foundations of the Kingdom are being laid.
It is to these — to
the elect remnant of the Lord — that the first
dominion or reign of the Kingdom of God comes.
Christ must first rule and reign in the lives of His elect before He can
reign in the lives of anyone else. And
when Christ fully reigns in our lives, the scepter, or ruling authority of the
Kingdom of God, is then bestowed upon us. According
to the measure that Christ fully reigns in our lives He has given us the
authority to reign with Him from His spiritual throne in the heavenlies.
And according to the measure that His life, wisdom, grace, nature, power
and purposes are established in our lives WE ARE GIVEN THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
OF HEAVEN! How wonderful and
complete is the plan of our God!
There shall again be a true witness of God in the earth when the holy
sons of God fully possess the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and are guided and
empowered by the Spirit to use those keys.
These keys of the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven where God dwells and
reigns over all are of very great value, above estimate, invaluable. There is a very great need today for the exercise of the keys
of the Kingdom! The witness of the
professing church has become quite weak; indeed, it is a flickering flame, the
exaggerated claims of the televangelists notwithstanding.
Much ministry is carried on, but the true testimony is obscured by
fleshly programs, fleshly lusts, carnal showmanship and worldly theatrics,
soulish sentimentalism, and self-seeking. Few
Christians have as yet been entrusted with the keys of the Kingdom because they
are ignorant of God, of His Kingdom purposes and processes, and His ways.
The churches today are full of sin, rebellion, carnality, self-love,
fleshly pursuits, presumption and pride. Believers
and popular preachers cannot be trusted with the awesome authority and power of
the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven!
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His
disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some,
Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the
living God. And Jesus answered and
said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Mat. 16:13-17).
How was it that Peter suddenly realized who Jesus was?
He got a revelation from the Father that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of
the living God! He received a
revelation of who this Christ was.
If there is one thing in the world that you and I and all men everywhere
need to know it is who this Christ is. Without
a revelation of who the Christ is we will never attain anything in God.
But one cannot receive a revelation of who the Christ is without getting
something else to go with it. Let
me show you what that something else is. “Thou
art Peter (Petro, small rock, fragment), and upon this rock (Petra,
large rock, rock mass) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not
prevail against it” (Mat. 16:18). Upon
the revelation of who I am I
will build my church, saith the Lord. When
you receive a revelation of who this Christ really is, the church is in that
moment established in your heart, for Christ is not one member, not one person,
but many. “For as the body is
one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many,
are one body: so also is Christ” (I
It was upon this revelation of who the Christ is that Jesus said to
Peter, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” A key is an instrument that closes or opens something which
without that key cannot be closed or opened.
Spiritually, it may be a word
that opens a hidden mystery which cannot be otherwise discovered, or a power
by which a state or condition or circumstance may be revealed, dealt with, or
changed, which could not otherwise be effected.
Jesus spoke of keys several times. To
the astonished John on the isle of Patmos He declared, “I have the keys of
hell and of death” (Rev. 1:18). To
John there came One who announced Himself as “the Alpha and Omega, the First
and the Last.” At His girdle hung
“the keys of Hades and of death.” Ah,
the enemy usurped control over mankind, ruling with fear, and bringing creation
into bondage to the whole dreadful realm of death.
Death was the adversary’s “trump card,” his final victory.
He beguiled man into sin, and “sin when it is finished, bringeth for
death” (James 1:15). After all
the beguilement, which the adversary has exercised with ruthless working and
deception, causing man to become perverted and corrupt, sinking into the
quagmire of fear, sorrow, and hopelessness, the final result was death with its
habitation in Hades.
When Jesus came into the world in the humiliation of the Incarnation, He
started on a route of conquest that took Him through the lonely years prior to
His introduction at the muddy waters of Jordan, where the bony prophetic finger
of John the Baptist was pointed at Him and those significant words were uttered,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn.
1:29). For some thirty-three and a
half years He overcame and lived an impeccable life so that it was said of Him
that “He was tempted in all points like as we, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15).
Jesus’ flawless life was followed by a decisive death. He went to Calvary to endure inexplicable and incomparable
suffering: suffering of which we can only have a hint; suffering we can only
look at curiously with a sob in our throats; suffering veiled in the mystery of
the bearing of sin: suffering surrounded by torn rocks and a sun that refused to
shine, and an earth that writhed in agony.
As He hung there alone, God reached down His giant fist and gathered the
accumulated sins of men and placed them upon Him. In the awful agony of Calvary, Christ made His soul and
offering for sin. The sin of the
world was imputed unto Him, and the waves of sin’s judgment were released upon
Him. When He had become an offering
for sin, He gave up the Ghost and came down from the mystery of His sufferings,
having finished that work. What men
saw was a man hanging limp — every bone out of joint, a swollen tongue protruding from
burning lips that cried out, “It is finished!”
And then He arose the conquering Christ!
What a marvelous turn of events! He
took control of the situation as with one exultant shout He grasped the keys of
death and hell from him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
stripped away the power of death, burst asunder the bars of hell, stalked boldly
out in eternal triumph over all the dread powers of that unseen realm, entered
back into His body in the garden tomb, passed through the walls of rock as water
passes through a filter, ascended up far above all heavens, stepped up to the
Father’s throne, and presented the tokens of His redemption.
The Father said, “Sit down, Son, at my right hand until all your
enemies are made your footstool!”
Nearly two hundred years ago the world was in chaos because “The
Scourge of the Earth” (we know him as Napoleon Bonaparte) almost conquered the
world. Everything fell before him.
The British feared that soon their homeland would be invaded by the
troops of France. In one last
effort to stop the tremendous on-rush of Napoleon’s army, they sent their
greatest general. General
Wellington invaded the heartland of Europe.
The people waited as the forces were joined at Waterloo.
Eagerly they followed the watchman on the tower of Winchester Cathedral
as he looked out over the English Channel in the fog waiting for some sign of a
ship to bring them news of the outcome. The
hope of England rested on that report. Finally,
as the fog lifted just a little bit, the watchman saw a ship blinking the signal
of what had happened. The letters
were taken down. W-E-L-L-I-N-G-T-O-N
D-E-F-E-A-T-E-D. The fog sank and with it all the hope of England.
The people quivered at the thought that soon they would hear the tramp of
French troops upon their land. However,
an hour later, the fog lifted and again the message was sent forth:
E-N-E-M-Y! A wild shout of
glee went out all over England; that feared invasion never came.
There is a great hero whose name is Jesus.
On a hill outside the city wall of Jerusalem, He went forth to take on
the combined forces of death, hell, and the devil.
He did this with His hands and feet secured to a cross, and a lion out of
the pit leaped forth in rage and threw itself upon Jesus.
The world and all spiritual realms waited to see what the outcome of that
life and death struggle would be. Hour
after hour His life oozed forth drop by drop.
The people waited, hoping that soon He would respond to their taunts,
“Come down, if thou be the Son of God, and we will believe on thee.”
Jesus never moved. Finally
the great, piercing cry — He bowed His head and gave up the Ghost.
Word went out in the midst of that midday blackness: JESUS DEFEATED.
A pallor hung over the world. Life
went black, hopeless and meaningless. But
then, on the third day, as the sun began to break over that lonely sepulcher, a
new light came with a dazzling radiance. The
huge stone that blocked the door began to move back as if by some unseen hand.
Those Roman troops were startled by the appearance of the messengers
resplendent in white. Then, out of
the darkness of that tomb, out of the jaws of death, out of the very pit of hell
itself, there stepped forth One who was dead and could now say, “I am He that
was dead and, behold, I am alive forevermore and have the keys
of death and of hell!” Word
went out through all of Jerusalem. At
first just a whisper — then a voice — then a cry —
a shout — and a chant sublime: JESUS DEFEATED DEATH!
JESUS DEFEATED HELL! JESUS
Jesus has the keys; He proved that He has the keys of both death and
hell, for He unlocked both and arose Victor.
Death could not hold its prey! Hell
could not hold its captive! Oh
Christ! Thou Son of the living God!
Thou art the resurrection and the life.
Thou wast alive. Thou wast dead. And,
behold, Thou art alive forevermore and in Thy nail-pierced hand dost hold in
triumph the keys of hell and death. Oh,
death, where is thy sting! Oh,
grave, where is thy victory! Oh
gates of hell, thou shalt not prevail, thou shalt one day be empty, for the
Redeemer of Israel and the Saviour of the world holds in His triumphant hand thy
Who now has the key of death?
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Who now
has the key to hell? OUR LORD JESUS
CHRIST. Praise God, no one passes
through the gates of either of those two, hell or death, except the Lord open or
close those gates. The devil has no
authority there. And now Jesus
proclaims, “FEAR NOT — I have the keys of death and of hell.”
Think about it! What reason do we have to not fear? He was dead, but behold, He is the living One. He is
living for the ages of the ages. And
this ever living One HAS THE KEYS. We
commonly think of keys being used to lock or unlock doors, but there is another
sense in which the word key is used. Many
times when we say that we have the key to a thing, we mean that we have the
solution to a problem. Jesus was
saying to John and to us all that HE HAS THE SOLUTION TO THE UNSEEN WORLD.
He has all the problems connected with it unraveled and solved.
He had worked out the problem for Himself, overcame in it, and now stands
to proclaim to all men everywhere the GREAT EMANCIPATION.
Through His death and resurrection, Christ took away from the adversary
his power of death, and from hell its’ power of containment.
No longer can negation claim the final victory over any man — CHRIST HAS THE KEY, and shall ultimately bring every man
into the fullness of His life. Christ
has the power to redeem, and He has
the keys of death and hell.
Praise God! Not only does
the firstborn among many brethren possess the keys of death and hell, but He
shares them with His OVERCOMING ONES IN WHOM IS INWROUGHT THE TRIUMPH OF HIS
LIFE. Jesus said to Peter, “Thou
art Peter, and upon this rock shall I build my church; and the GATES OF HELL
SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT” (Mat. 16:18).
The gates of hell have not
prevailed against our Lord Jesus Christ, and they shall
not prevail against His Church. What
are the “gates” of hell? Gates
are used either to bar entrance or prevent exit.
What does it mean that the gates of hell shall not prevail against
Christ’s Church? I used to
erroneously imagine the conflict between the Church and Satan as a game of
“cat and mouse.” Satan was the
cat and the Church was the mouse! Satan
was big and powerful — the Church was small and weak, always on the defensive.
But that’s not what that passage means!
Far from it! The picture
instead is of a VICTORIOUS CHURCH laying siege to hell and breaking down its
gates to release its prisoners! The
Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the example and prototype!
The key of hell gives Christ and His sons the spiritual power to open the
“door” of Hades to set every captive free.
Death is literal and spiritual death, and includes the second death, for in the end there shall be “no more death” —
first death, second death, any
death! And the key of death gives
the Christ company power and authority to conquer all death in every man.
What joy shall be ours when we fully
possess the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, giving us Kingdom authority to
reign with Christ and to release every captive from the bondage and curse of
hell and of death!
Jesus also declared that He has the “key of David.”
There was a day when God called a man by the name of Eliakim to rule
Judah, and the Lord said of him, “And the key of the house of David will I lay
upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and
none shall open” (Is. 22:22). The
key of the house of David speaks of the divinely-invested power and authority
given to Eliakim to rule and reign over the house of Judah.
With that key Eliakim was fully authorized of God to open doors of
opportunity, favor, and blessing that no one else could shut, and to shut doors
that no one else could open. For the overcoming sons of God, the key of the house of David
represents God-given authority and power, not merely to do a few works of God,
not merely to build up churches, not merely to govern one nation, but to govern
all the nations in the Kingdom of God. And
when we have fully come into possession of that Kingdom key, we shall shepherd
all nations with a rod of iron, and govern
all peoples wisely, for we shall do so with the mind of Christ
and with the authority of the Father.
It is interesting to note that God told Eliakim that He would lay the key
of the house of David “upon his shoulder.”
The Hebrew word translated “shoulder” in this passage indicates the
area where burdens are placed. When
a man like Eliakim is commissioned by the Lord to reign over an earthly
government or kingdom, none can deny that such responsibility is indeed a
burden. One has only to consider
how quickly our recent presidents
of the United States have aged, how soon their hair turns gray and their faces
wrinkle, to see how the responsibility of rulership in the earthly governments
and kingdoms under man’s corrupt order is indeed a burdensome experience.
Ah, but in the Kingdom of God there
are no burdens! The Kingdom of
God is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost!
It is not a burden to rule and reign with Christ in our Father’s
Kingdom, for we reign in righteousness, we minister by peace, and we shepherd
with joy! We are then doing our
Father’s will on earth in righteousness, peace, harmony and perfection. All our would-be burdens are placed upon “His shoulder.”
Another aspect of keys is revealed when Jesus reproved the Jewish
leaders, saying, “Woe unto you, lawyers, for ye have taken away the key of knowledge” (Lk. 11:52).
This they had done by killing the prophets and traditionalizing their
teachings, for to them had been revealed the mysteries of God.
As it is written, “Surely Yahweh will do nothing, but He revealeth His
secrets to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
“To the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of
Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col.
2:1-3). These hidden treasures are made known by the Holy Spirit in
the power of inspiration, revelation, and spiritual understanding.
The key of knowledge opens the door of spiritual perception by which we
understand by the Spirit the true and spiritual meaning of all things that are
written in the scriptures. If our
understanding of the things of God is on a literal and carnal level, then this
blessed key of knowledge has been taken away.
Woe unto all who see only the letter
of the Word!
Keys — what blessings, benefits and opportunities they open up!
Who would not like to be given the keys to a new Lexus or Rolls Royce!
You will notice that every key is formed with a series of notches.
The purpose of those notches is that when you insert the key into the
lock they turn some things there which you cannot see, called tumblers.
A key that doesn’t have the notches that correspond to the tumblers
won’t open the lock. That is why
a key will generally open only one door. My
car key will not unlock my house, neither will my house key open my Post Office
box. If you are given the keys of
the Kingdom of Heaven, and you use those keys, what are you going to get?
The Kingdom of Heaven! You
can bring the Kingdom of Heaven right into your now, into your present reality,
and the reason you can do that is because you have the keys.
I can go out and get in my Dodge Intrepid today and go anywhere I want,
but you can’t, because you don’t have the key.
There are men who live in beautiful mansions and in swanky penthouses and
they come and go at their pleasure, but I have never stepped a foot in those
places because I don’t have the keys. While
on the island of Puerto Rico one time we visited the El Conquistador Resort on
the east end of the island at Las Croabas.
What an incredibly beautiful place!
We could not afford to stay there, but if you pay the price the hostess
will give you the keys to a room with a magnificent view of the Caribbean.
When you receive the key you are given the ability to enter, occupy, and
use to the full all the wonderful facilities of that magnificent resort.
Keys give access.
Keys grant the right of entrance.
Keys often denote ownership. Keys open up
a world, a realm, a reality, a dominion. Jesus
says to Peter, “I will give unto you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
I will give you the keys to the spiritual
world.” Do we today possess
any of the keys to that bright and exalted domain of the spiritual heavens? If you don’t have any keys how are you going to see that
realm? Without keys how can you
enter that world? With no keys how
could you possibly use and enjoy the powers and glories of the Kingdom of the
The keys of the Kingdom provide us with all the authority and power of
the Kingdom of God! Those keys
enable us to do God’s Kingdom work and are given to those elect members of His
body who have grown spiritually and have followed the Lamb all the way to His
fullness upon mount Zion. They have
the Father’s name written on their foreheads.
They have put on the mind of Christ.
When the keys of the Kingdom of God are fully operative in our lives we
shall bind and loose things on earth according to God’s will out of the
heavens where we dwell. While the
King James Version says, “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in
heaven,” that is not how it reads in the Greek.
Young’s Literal Translation is one of the most accurate in conveying
the meaning of the Greek text and reads, “Whatever thou mayest bind upon the
earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever thou mayest loose
upon the earth, shall be having been loosed in the heavens.”
The Amplified Bible also does a beautiful job, rendering “Whatever you
bind on earth must be already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth
must be what is already loosed in heaven.”
The message is clear — whatever a son of God binds on earth must have already
been bound in the heavens. Whatever
you bind in the outward world must already be bound in the spirit world.
It is impossible to bind something on earth that is loosed
in the spirit realm! If it is not
loosed in the spirit realm you will never have enough power to loose it in the
physical world! How much do we know
about what has been loosed in the spirit realm? Only with the mind of Christ can one know what the Spirit of
God has bound or loosed from the heavenly realm, and therefore only by the
glorious mind of Christ can we, like the firstborn Son, do only those things that we see
the Father doing. The heavens must
be opened to us so that we can clearly see the will and purpose of God on earth
from that high realm of divine wisdom and understanding.
I am not talking about learning a set of scriptures or a doctrine, but I
speak of seeing and knowing by the Spirit
the will and purpose the Father in every situation.
This is what Jesus meant when He said, “I do only those things I see my
Father do.” “As I hear, so I
speak.” “The Father shall show
me greater things.” Jesus saw by
eyes of spirit into the spiritual world of His Father and there He saw what His
Father in heaven was doing. He
perceived by the spirit the plans and purposes and will of the Father and then
acted upon what He saw. And that is
why Jesus had 100% perfect results! When
He saw the Father healing a blind man, He touched the eyes of that blind man and
he received his sight. When He saw
His Father feeding the multitude, He multiplied bread and fish.
When the Father showed Him Lazarus alive and well coming out of the dark
tomb of death, He went and raised Him from the dead. Jesus had 100% faith and 100% results because He only bound
and loosed things in the earth realm that He saw and knew were already bound or
loosed in the spiritual world.
You see, beloved, contrary
to popular thinking, Jesus did not heal every sick person He met, He did not
cast out every devil that passed before Him, nor did He stop every funeral
procession in Israel. One beautiful
day He went to the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem and there was on Solomon’s
porch a great number of sick people who waited for the stirring of the waters,
for every now and then an angel of God made his appearance in the pool, stirred
and agitated the waters, so that they bubbled up like a modern jacuzzi, and
whoever was first to step into the waters at that sacred moment was cured —
every whit whole of whatever disease of infirmity he had.
The Son of God came there that day, and lying among the multitude of sick
folk was a man who was completely paralyzed and had been in this condition for
thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw
Him lying there helpless, knowing that he had already been a long time in that
condition, He said to him, “Wilt thou be made whole — are you really in earnest
about being healed?” The invalid
answered, “Sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the
pool; but while I am trying to drag myself, somebody else steps down ahead of
me.” Wonderful words of
compassion and power flowed from the lips of Jesus as He said to the man,
“Rise, take up your bed, and walk!” Instantly
the man was made whole, strength flowed into his body, his withered flesh filled
out, and he picked up his sleeping pad and walked.
Now if this would have been in one of our modern healing meetings the
preacher would have shouted, “Glory to God!
The power of God is here, the Lord is present to heal all who are
sick,” and he would have immediately gone throughout all of Solomon’s porch
and laid hands on everything that moved or didn’t move.
And do you know how many would have been healed?
Only the paralyzed man would have been healed!
All the rest would have gone home in the same condition they arrived,
because in the heavens only one man was being loosed that day.
Jesus saw the Father healing this one man and He made His way there and
did exactly what He saw His Father doing — no more and no less! As an
obedient Son He healed the one man and walked away. Jesus had the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and He also
understood this great and eternal truth — the keys will only
lock or unlock on earth what has already been locked or unlocked in the heavens!
How often do we pray for things that are not God’s will? How often do we speak things that we think are good and
profitable and worthy, but about which we have no personal word or direction
from the Lord? Many years ago I
heard Oral Roberts confess that he considered his ministry successful if only
one person in five who passed through his healing lines received a touch from
God. What a confession!
It means that he was praying for five people, but the Father was healing
only one. It is obvious that he
neither saw nor knew what the Father was doing, therefore he tried to loose five
people on earth for every one that had been loosed in heaven.
How much time and energy we waste trying to do things the Father isn’t
doing! And I’m not condemning
Oral Roberts — we’re all just as guilty.
“Oh,” you say, “it is
God’s will to heal everyone!” The
truth is, beloved, He doesn’t heal
everyone. Evangelists and pastors
may try to loose every person they
minister to. But how many of us
have healed every sick person we have prayed for?
How many of us have had every demon we adjured to leave to come out?
How many of us have had every prayer we prayed answered?
I do not believe I will be contradicted
when I say — not one of us!
Is it not because we failed to see
what the Father was doing? We
thought we had a blank check to write in anything we wanted, not realizing that
God has a time and a way for
everything and everyone. We must
know what God is doing today, right
now. When we truly understand these three things — His
will, His purpose and His timing, we
will speak His words and not one word we speak will fall to the ground!
Everything we touch will turn into a miracle!
Jesus had 100% results just because He never wasted time and energy
ministering to those He knew the Father was not ministering to.
He did only what He saw His Father doing! He
carried within Himself the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and in the spirit He
carefully watched the heavens to see which lock they would or would not fit.
What He saw bound in the heavenly realm of the spirit He bound on earth,
and what He saw loosed in the spiritual world of the heavens He loosed on the
earth. It is just as simple as
that. And He had 100% results.
The keys worked every time! Hear
me, sons of God — we cannot lock or unlock every door we come to.
We must see that door in the heavens and as it is in the heavens, so act.
It will then work for us every time when we walk in harmony with the
divine order out of the heavenlies! When
we try to bind and loose on earth and nothing happens, it is only because we
fail to see by the Spirit what the Father in heaven is doing in the realm of the
Spirit. Sometimes we tread on
illegal territory and brashly take unauthorized actions.
When the keys of the Kingdom of God are inserted in an illegitimate
manner, the spiritual monitor flashes: Unauthorized
request — admission
Did you know that if you are praying to stop something that in God’s
plan has to happen, you’re wasting your breath?
The disciples of Jesus, when He spoke to them of how He must go to
Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes,
and be killed, could have prayed and fasted until they starved themselves to
death to keep Jesus from going to the cross, and He would have died there
anyway. Peter could have practiced
the power of positive thinking, he could have moved into his deliverance mindset
and rebuked and bound every devil in every Pharisee, scribe, priest and in every
Roman soldier throughout the land; he could have boldly spoken a word of
authority to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies, commanding them to
release Jesus from His hour of agony; but none of that would have availed
anything. What is bound in heaven cannot
be loosed on earth!
My friend Franklin Fitzjerrel told about an event in the state of Utah
several years ago. There were
devastating floods there due to the rains that had exceeded any rainfall they
had received in recorded history. The
lakes were overflowing, the rivers and streams were flooding, highways and
railroad tracks were washed out, homes and communities were under water, and
destruction and devastation were everywhere.
Finally the Mormon Church called a day of fasting and prayer to stop the
rain. And the day they fasted and
prayed they got the most rain that the state of Utah had ever had in one day!
Someone did not have the keys to the Kingdom!
You see, you can fast and pray until you wither away and die, and you
will not receive what you are fasting and praying for unless that thing has
first been accomplished in the spiritual heavens.
If it has already happened in the spirit world then I commend your
fasting and prayer, for fasting and prayer are two of the primary instruments of
binding and loosing in the Kingdom of God.
But if our fasting is merely a hunger
strike by which we are trying to force God into a corner, and force His hand
to make Him do what we want, then we
are indeed of that ignorant company of the spiritually stupid.
As it is written, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him,
that, if we ask anything according to His
will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we
know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (I Jn. 5:14-15).
And that is not just saying, “Thy will be done,” but involves the knowledge
of His will and asking accordingly.
People sometimes ask us to pray for folks, situations, or nations that
are under the dealing hand of God. It
is time for God’s elect to clearly understand that we cannot always pray for
everything people request prayer for. Ah,
we will pray, but sometimes not the way people would desire, but according to
what we sense in the spirit. If God
is purging, correcting, breaking, refining, teaching, or judging a person and
has thrust them into the fires of tribulation and the waters of trouble, putting
them under pressure of His making, how can we beseech God to save them out of it
and abort His necessary work? It is
impossible to loose on earth what is bound in heaven! Furthermore, it is spiritually irresponsible to try and do
so. It is mutiny, yea, treason
against the Kingdom of God! Let us
seek the understanding of the Lord before
we pray lest we be found fighting against God.
The spirit of wisdom and revelation from God is the vehicle bearing the
keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. It
was when Peter received a divine revelation of who the Christ was that Jesus
disclosed that it was out of that very spirit of revelation that the keys of the
Kingdom would be committed to him. And
it is clear to me that these keys come by revelation of the spirit in the life
of each and every son of God!
It is only when we know by the
spirit what God’s purpose is, it is only when we see
by the spirit what the Father is doing, it is only when we hear
from the spirit the counsel of God’s voice, that we can go forth and do
the works of God. Those works may
be small or great, visible or invisible, but we will be found doing our
Father’s will in the earth. When
some Kingdom purpose is wrought, first in heaven and then on earth, it is
completed and finished, it is totally fulfilled, and the glory of God is
manifested in the earth! The will
of God is then done on earth as it has already been decreed and fulfilled in the
heavens! What power and authority
shall be ours when we have fully received the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and
have matured in the knowledge of God to use them!
Such power shall not be given to babes in Christ, nor to the unprepared,
nor to the carnal-minded Christians held captive to the deceptions of man’s
religious systems. I speak the
truth when I insist that the Pentecostal and Charismatic realms today are filled
with preachers and people who are presumptuously and illicitly trying to use the
keys of the Kingdom. Most of them
have not even been given the keys but are trying to “jimmie” the door, and
those who do in some measure possess keys of the Kingdom often use them
according to their own will and for their own ends, to make a name, to build a
kingdom, for financial gain, or for power over other men’s lives. We may be sure that in this sacred hour God will not commit
the fullness of Kingdom power to us until we are prepared and matured to both receive and use that Kingdom power and
authority. As the elect of the Lord
we will have been thoroughly processed and finished by our heavenly Father to
use the keys of the Kingdom. We
shall also have the fullness of the mind of Christ to know what should be bound
and what should be loosed.
When Peter perceived who the Christ really was, Jesus told him, “Flesh
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Ah, herein lie the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven — THE REVELATION OF THE SPIRIT! Someone insists, “But, brother Eby, isn’t it God’s will
to save, heal, bless and deliver everyone in the whole world?” YES! There is no
doubt about it. But that doesn’t
mean, precious one, that it is His will to save, heal, bless and deliver them
If such were indeed His will, you can rest assured that it would be fully
accomplished before the sun again sets beneath the horizon!
Furthermore, if it were God’s will to save the whole world today there
would be no plan of the ages.
“As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order”
(I Cor. 15:22-23). There is a time,
an order, a plan for everything and for every man. You see, beloved, it may be God’s will to heal you today,
but on the other hand it may be His plan to heal you one year from today.
Only He understands the why, but His purposes are always wise and meaningful.
When that day arrives you will be healed. If
you prayed for healing yesterday, if you earnestly sought the Lord for healing
yesterday, and didn’t receive it, obviously it was not His plan to heal you
yesterday. Only when one knows by
the spirit what the Father is doing can one speak and act with authority.
And only then will we, like the firstborn Son, have 100% results!
That loved one for whose salvation you have been praying — I
tell you he or she will be saved!
You can count on it. God has
an appointed time and a prescribed order to deal with that one and bring him or
her to His salvation. That
appointed time could be today, tomorrow, or in another age.
Only by the spirit can we know. Only
God can teach us these things. Ah,
yes, do pray for them! Do not
hesitate, do not fail to do so, do not faint, never give up! for prayer is a
vital part of the redemptive and restorative processes of God.
But seek God at the same instant for that holy understanding by which you
can know WHEN HIS HOUR HAS ARRIVED so that you can cooperate in wisdom with Him
to do your part, if indeed you have a part, in bringing it to pass.
Only then can you loose on earth what has already been loosed in heaven!
Within the living revelation of the
Spirit of God is found THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! Keys are of no use unless we use them. And if we mis-use them we will get into trouble.
Instead of trying to save, bless and deliver the whole creation today, or
even your own family, wait humbly before God in holy submission to hear His
voice, to know His ways, to understand His will and to see His works.
Then go forth and speak and do those things that you have heard and seen
of your Father in the secret place. As
you go you will hold in your hands the keys
of the Kingdom!
I will close this message by sharing the following words of godly
instruction from the pen of our beloved brother Paul Mueller.
“Luke tells the story of a certain centurion who had a servant who was
dear to him. The centurion’s
servant was sick unto death. When
he heard about Jesus, the centurion sent word through the elders of the Jews,
beseeching Jesus to heal his
servant. So Jesus started to go to
the centurion’s house. But when
the centurion heard that Jesus was coming, he sent his friends to tell Jesus,
‘Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter
under my roof: wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a WORD, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I
say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my
servant, Do this, and he doeth it’ (Lk. 7:2-8).
“This centurion understood the power and authority that belonged to
Jesus the Christ. This story shows
the power and authority of the kingdom of God in demonstration. It is the same power and authority that we shall have in
Christ. Because that centurion
understood the power and authority of Jesus, he saw that Jesus could simply
speak a word and his servant would be healed.
That centurion was also a man of authority. He was under authority, and had authority over other
soldiers, as well as his own servants. All
he needed to do to accomplish something was to speak the word and his servants
would obey him, thus fulfilling the centurion’s wishes.
As the centurion’s servants obeyed his every word, so also would every
specter, of all the diseases and afflictions of man, obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
The centurion knew this, and so also should we.
This is the power of God given to His sons!
“We are living in a greater and more glorious Day than did the
centurion. We are living in the
great Day of the kingdom of God on earth when every disease and affliction —
every sin and every form of death — shall be
completely conquered and put under the feet of this glorious Christ.
And the sons shall be given that authority!
The whole earth shall be cleansed of the many diseases and afflictions of
man, including sin and death in every form, by the power of the Word that He is. What a Day this is! And
what a privileged people we are!
“‘When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him
about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not
found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And
they that were sent, found the servant whole that had been sick’ (Lk. 7:9-10).
The servant that once was sick unto death was now healed and made whole
by the power of God. But how was that power manifested? Obviously, Jesus did not go to the centurion’s house.
But did Jesus pray the prayer of faith?
Did He speak a word commanding the sickness to leave that servant?
There is no record that Jesus said or did anything!
When He heard the centurion’s plea for help, Jesus Christ saw
the Father doing that work in the Spirit, and lo, it was done.
Just a thought in harmony with the Father’s will, sent on the winds of
the Spirit, is all it took to heal that servant.
And that is all that is necessary to bring deliverance to the groaning
creation, and bring forth the new earth. Just
a thought or a word in harmony with the
Father’s will, sent on the winds of the Spirit, is all that is necessary
to change us from the earthbound worms that we are into that glorious body,
bearing the image and likeness of Christ. As
sons of God, we can see and hear in the Spirit.
And so we await our transformation”
— end quote.
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