Keys Of The Kingdom — Part 2
“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.” Matthew 16:19
Jesus has shown us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. In Him we are not only in the kingdom of Heaven, but the Kingdom is also within us.
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are the same. Matthew in his gospel speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven. Mark in his gospel speaks of the Kingdom of God, but each emphasizes a slightly different perspective.
The Kingdom of Heaven refers to both a physical place of dwelling (Heaven) as well as the rules and laws that govern it. The Kingdom of God is the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son in us (in our Hearts) to teach, to comfort and instruct us in righteousness, creating in us a sense of the joy of the Lord. Those who possess the Kingdom of God are the same ones who will abide in the Kingdom Heaven for all eternity.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is Lord of all and that God has raised Him from the dead is in the Kingdom of Heaven and has the Kingdom of God in them.
Consider what Jesus taught about the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Kingdom of Heaven (of God) is likened unto:
That which grows from a single seed or a small agent into a great substance ever increasing in magnitude and fruitfulness
A man who sowed good seed — Matthew 13:24 (Mark 26)
A grain of mustard seed — Matthew 13:31 (Mark 4:31)
Leaven which a woman hid in three measure of meal — Matthew 13:33
A valuable treasure
A treasure hid in a field — Matthew 13:44
A merchant, seeking goodly pearls —Matthew 13:45
All are gathered together until the time when the good are gathered in and the bad are cast away
A net, cast into the sea — Matthew 13:47
Compassion on debtors that they should also be compassionate with their debtors — the righteous judgment of God
A certain King who would take account of his servants — Matthew 18:23
All will receive the same reward
A householder who went out to hire laborers — Matthew 20:21
Those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and reject His atoning work of sacrifice will not share in the blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven but will be cast out from the presence of God for all eternity.
A king who made a marriage for his son — Matthew 22:23
Those who are truly prepared with earnest expectation and hope of Christ’s coming will not be disappointed. Those who have been uncommitted and unfaithful to the cause of Christ will not be prepared and will be found wanting, unable to enter in.
Ten virgins — Matthew 25:1
The life of faith in Jesus Christ is a matter of the most profound and eternal consequence for every believer and the most seriously significant eternal decision that must be made by every man, woman and child on the earth. The Kingdom of God and Heaven is coming, whether men believe it or not, and the will of God will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
For those who believe the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord, that is our great joy. The key to all is our faith in Him.
Next, binding and loosing…