Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jesus Provides Resource to Help Me Accomplish His Will
In review of Matthew 16:19 it says, “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.”
When we believe, he gives us what we need to live in eternity and to help others obtain the same.
What this means to me:
As a believer, he has given me the keys to the Kingdom, as such he will give me what I need to accomplish his will in helping others to know and accept Him.
Today's passage is an excerpt from where Peter makes a declaration about Jesus in response to the question Jesus asked, "But who do you say I am?" Peter replied with "You are the Messiah, the son of the living God." Jesus told him that He would build His church starting with Peter and give the keys to what He needs.
The meaning in verse 19 (today’s verse) from what I read is the subject of some debate. Some say the "keys" represent authority to carry out church discipline, legislation, and administration, while others say it's the opportunity to bring people to the Kingdom by presenting them with the message of salvation in God's word. Perhaps it's both. However one thing I do know, God wants to use me to help others find their way to Him. To all who believe in Christ and obey his words, the Kingdom doors are swung wide open.
When I pray, Jesus gives me the keys of the Kingdom, and whatever I ask for he will provide or forbid as I lead out in His Spirit and will. Jesus gives me the help (His Heavenly resources) to accomplish what He has asked me to do.
In summary, Jesus puts heavenly resources in flight to help me bring others into the Kingdom.
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