Topic: What are the Keys of the Kingdom? These scriptures are often misunderstood. This misunderstanding causes us to get the wrong meaning.
Mat 16:13-17: Jesus asks the disciples, who do people say I am? The answer, some say John the Baptist, some Elias, others Jeremias. Jesus asks the disciples, who do YOU say I am? Simon Peter said, thou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Simon Peter is the aggressive one, the one who jumps right up and answers. Jesus blesses Simon for the right answer.
Vs18: this verse is often misunderstood. Jesus tells Peter, you are a little rock, but I am the big rock, and I am going to build my church on you, the little rock. This church will be so strong that not even Hades or Satan will be able to topple it. Peter is not the head of the church; rather he is the little rock that the real church is built upon.
Vs19: Jesus says He will give Peter the keys to Heaven. You don't just hand out keys to people you don't trust and without instructions. This verse doesn't mean that whoever has these keys can use them anyway he sees fit. These are spiritual keys. They were used 3 times. The keys were used 3 times: once to open the Kingdom of Heaven to the Jews, next for the Samaritans, and last for the Gentiles.
Mat 28:16-20: some of the disciples still don't believe who Jesus is. Vs 20 is not a good translation from the Greek. It should be ‚Äú‚Ä¶and I even I am with you always even to the consummation of the age.‚ÄĚ......