The Keys to the Kingdom 2: theunfetteredpreacher

Who do you say I Am? (Asked Jesus) Simon Peter answered,

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said: ‘on this rock I will build my assembly.’

On this Rock, the belief and confession that Jesus is Lord. On this will He build His Church. This avails us the Key to entering Heaven. This is what saves us from eternal damnation.

It is interesting to me to notice only Matthew uses the term, the Kingdom of Heaven, the other Gospels all use the Kingdom of God.

At first, I considered that there may be a difference, but Matthew 19:23-24, he uses both terms.

The difference I do see is Matthew tells who will enter the Kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10,19,20). The poor in Spirit, the Righteous, those who are like little children.

In the other Gospels, there is another perspective.

Jesus speaking to a scribe, who knew to love God and your neighbor were the 1st and 2nd Commandments. Jesus said: “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34)

In Luke, He spoke of the poor and that the KOG, has and must suffer violence. (Lke 6:20; 7:28)

As we read through Luke, we find the preaching and showing of the KOG. By healing and casting out devils.

In Luke 17:20-21 We find out the Kingdom of God is within us. In John 3, we must be Born Again to enter.

Romans 14: 17 tells us:

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 4: 20.

‘For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.’

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.’

We must be Righteous, believe like a child, we should see the Power of God in our ministries.

I believe the binding and releasing are the results of healing or casting out devils, no more complex than that.

What do you think?

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“I will call upon the LORD” theunfetteredpreacher

Psalm 18:3,46

“I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”

My prayer, a song for today.

Thank you Lord, who saves, lives, and is my rock and salvation.

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The Keys of the Kingdom 1: theunfetteredpreacher

It The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: Were given to Peter, (and to us), not because Peter was a Rock. (Matthew 16:16-19)

The Rock or Foundation of our Faith lies in Peters proclamation of who Jesus is. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

I have heard many teachings on these scriptures, and most of them have left me confused. I would like to share my opinion, I am not a scholar or an apologist, just a guy who reads the Word, and follows the Holy Spirits leading.

The Scriptures in question only appear in the book of Matthew the 16th chapter.

Jesus asks, ‘Peter who do you say I am?’ Verses 16-20

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.

Binding and releasing, building His assembly, ( His church),
and the gates of hell will not destroy it. How’s that working for us? Most Churches are about 60 to 100 people a Sunday, and the people are Sunday morning Go to Meeting folks.

They love and profess the Lord, but do not give Him much more than an hour a week. Oh, some read devotionals and pray a bit, but most do not care to be more.

Like the Hebrews, let the Pastor talk to God, and he can tell us what to do. Sad.

The Lord wants to Fellowship in the garden or your upper room in the cool of the day. He desires a one on one relationship, we can be as close to God, as we allow God into our lives.

He healed all that were afflicted, taught and fed 5,000, had 12 close to Him, 3 even closer, but only one had his head on His breast.

That one was at the cross. Where were the rest? You know only one died a natural death.

We have the relationship we choose.

So, if He has given us ‘The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven’?

What are they, and where have they gone, it seems to me, we lost them? I believe we can find and use them mightily
once again for our God.

I will continue my study.

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The Line of Despair: Mitch Teemly

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A great post, a blog to follow.

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Not just in Biblical Times: theunfetteredpreacher

I try to read at least one of the Psalms or Proverbs a day, as my devotional. Today It happened to be Psalm 12. Not much has changed since the time of David.

Psalm 12:1-8

“Help, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases. For the faithful fail from among the children of men. Everyone lies to his neighbor. They speak with flattering lips, and with a double heart. May Yahweh cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts, who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail. Our lips are our own. Who is lord over us?” “Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says Yahweh; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him.” The words of Yahweh are flawless words, as silver refined in a clay furnace, purified seven times. You will keep them, Yahweh. You will preserve them from this generation forever. The wicked walk on every side, when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.” For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

‘Help, Yahweh; for the godly man ceases. For the faithful fail from among the children of men.’

It is as hard today, as it has always been, to be Holy, Sanctified, Faithfull and True. We have the same distractions and temptations, as everyman has. it has just made it into our private homes by way of the Internet and TV.

There are sin and evil in all but the best Christian content, and there isn’t enough Good Christian content to keep us entertained in our free time.

I know many have sworn off the TV and the Internet, but do most of us? I watch the original NCIS and Blue Bloods as my only appointment TV, and Netflix otherwise. There is still too much sin condoned and promoted to keep my mind renewed and faith increased.

It is easy to say, ‘It’s legal, so it must be ok to be full of what used to be, (and still is), SIN.

IT ISN’T!

We are called to be Holy, set apart, witnesses of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love. We fail to read and meditate on the Word daily, to be diligent in the pursuit of Godliness, to pray and expect the Lord to act.

“The wicked walk on every side, when what is vile is exalted among the sons of men.”

We must walk apart.

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