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"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven".

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What a promise! "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven". And what power! But the big question is: are these keys for Believers today? And what are they?

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As with all scripture, understanding and applying the Lord's words starts with the basic principle that any words or verses must be read in their context. A common warning is, a text taken out of context is likely to be a pretext.

Then a few questions need be asked, such as:

What is the plain straightforward meaning of the context?

Who or what is being referred to in the context?

Who are the words addressed to?

What would those who heard them understand them to say?

What is their cultural setting?

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This amazing promise was given to Simon Peter during a conversation that began with Jesus asking His disciples the question "... who do you say that I am?"

After a number of responses from the disciples:

"Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'

Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My ekklesia, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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'," Matthew 16'16-19.

The words: "Jesus answered and said to him", and "... I also say to you that you are Peter", at the least, show that Jesus gave this promise to Peter.

Further, the word "you" in NT Greek, unlike modern English, is expressed in the singular and in the plural with two words. Obviously, "you" here is singular.

In the common knowledge that keys open doors, Jesus was making it very clear that He had specific doors that He wanted opened. But why Peter? Why not give a key each to certain disciples?

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But Peter stood out - because he speaks out! And this time it happened to be what had been revealed to him by the Father.

Little did he realise that this charactistic of speaking out the first thing that came into his mind he was showing himself to be the kind of man the Lord could use.

So Jesus had big things He wanted accomplished in the future. The man He chose would need some preparation.

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One such preparation time was an occasion of strong challenge (John 21'15-21):

"Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?' He said to Him, 'Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.' He said to him, 'Feed My lambs.'

He said to him again a second time, 'Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?' He said to Him, 'Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.' He said to him, 'Tend My sheep.'

He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, 'Do you love Me?'

And he said to Him, 'Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed My sheep.

Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished;

but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.'

This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, 'Follow Me.'

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following (and) seeing him, said to Jesus, 'But Lord, what about this man?'

Jesus said to him, 'If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?

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At the end of their three and a half years of intimate association with the Son of God the Disciples, and Peter in particular, were nearly at the end of grappling with His Kingdom teachings and challenges.

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