The keys mentioned in today’s verse are spiritual Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding about both the Kingdom of Heaven and Jesus the Christ, who is the Gate through which mankind enters into the Kingdom of Heaven. Today, many gatekeepers or stewards of God’s Word often withhold these keys from true seekers, like they did in Christ’s day. That is why, on one occasion, Christ says: Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered (Luke 11:52, KJV).
The Scribes and Pharisees (Mosaic Law experts and teachers) refused to teach the Law to anyone who wasn’t a Scribe or Pharisee; thus, they prevented other Hebrews from learning how to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Now, because these so-called Law experts and teachers of the Law didn’t have any desire to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven for themselves, their wisdom, knowledge, and understanding about Jesus wasn’t profound enough for them to be able to release the Lord’s Keys of the Kingdom into the hands of the Jewish laity!
Since these keys had been hidden from true Kingdom seekers, Christ initially gave His Kingdom of Heaven keys to His first-century disciples, for them to use while He was still on the Earth. Later, on and after the Day of Pentecost, Father God gave EVERY born again, saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit believer access to these same keys, thereby eliminating any intentional interference from wicked religious gatekeepers or stewards.
Now that we can obtain the Keys of the Kingdom (spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding) directly from God, neither modern-day apostles nor prophets, or evangelists, or pastors, or teachers can stop us from entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. The way we obtain these keys is through the Holy Spirit, who is ONE with Christ and ONE with God.
Since only the Holy Spirit can unlock God’s Word, the Holy Spirit first must infill us before we can experience Divine insight into God’s spiritual Wisdom or gain God’s Knowledge and Understanding about our natural and spiritual realities. The Holy Spirit also must infill us before we can receive our God-given authority and power and Christ’s permission to bind and loose that authority and power in this Earth.
Thankfully, Christ is eager to hand over the Keys of the Kingdom to us. Let us willingly grasp them and earnestly use them to God’s glory. AMEN.
“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, KJV).