But woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! For you are shutting the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces, neither entering yourselves nor allowing those who wish to enter to do so. ~ Matthew 23:13, CJB
Woe to you Torah experts! For you have taken away the key of knowledge! Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter! ~ Luke 11:52, CJB
So Yeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted him, ‘If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ ~ John 8:31-32, CJB
It never ceases to amaze me how so many believers worldwide will worship the ground most television preachers and/or spiritualists walk on, especially those television preachers and/or spiritualists who proclaim that they are in possession of some evermore esoteric knowledge. To be fair, perhaps many of this world’s seekers of spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are easily hoodwinked by numerous television preachers and/or spiritualists, because so many of these so-called ‘celebrities’ are on the boob tube nearly every day of every week, relentlessly peddling their “brand” of spirituality.
Then too, many boob tube preachers and/or spiritualists not only are daily broadcasting their alleged esoteric knowledge but also they are advertising their new book, new CD series, and/or new video in which there are supposed to be some recently discovered spiritual secrets (mysteries) that pertain to the Word of God, or to the spirit realm in general. If they are not promoting their published works, then they are asking believers to attend their conventions, retreats, seminars, or conferences, where, by the way, their published works also are sold.
It, therefore, also never ceases to amaze me that there are so many believers all over this world who will pay astronomical prices for the privilege of entering through the doors leading to their favorite television preachers and/or spiritualists’ conventions, retreats, seminars, or conferences. It is at these kinds of functions that seekers of spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding plan on reaching that heretofore elusive spiritual level their favorite proclaimers of evermore esoteric knowledge are guaranteeing that, with their help, these seekers will be able to achieve.
There is a major problem, however, with today’s Christians selling esoteric knowledge in books or on CDs and DVDs. A major problem also exists with today’s Christians setting those outrageous rates for the people who want to attend gatherings in which esoteric knowledge would be disclosed (like the nearly $10,000 fee per person that some people paid in order for them to participate in the October 2009 Sedona, Arizona “Spiritual Warrior Retreat”). The major problem with Christians selling and/or charging fees before any esoteric knowledge is ever released is that God’s Holy Spirit is the One who distributes the “key of knowledge”—the method of understanding the Divine Truth about how to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, from where every form of spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding comes! Beginning in the first century A.D., and continuing until today, the Holy Spirit is the only One who gives the “key of knowledge” to believers in Christ, who in turn are supposed to share that freely given, freely received “key of knowledge” for free.
Furthermore, contrary to popular opinions, the Holy Spirit does not just give this “key of knowledge” to an infinitesimal number of men and women. In fact, even those believers who did not directly receive the “key of knowledge” from the Holy Spirit will need the Holy Spirit to help them comprehend, accept, and receive what Christ Jesus’ anointed and appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers have shared!
Prior to the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the Pharisees and Scribes in Christ Jesus’ day not only had distorted the correct method of understanding God’s Divine Truths, which even in Old Testament times had been by the aid of the Holy Spirit, who had come upon the chosen ones, but also the Pharisees and Scribes had hidden the unadulterated “key of knowledge” that was available to them in the Jewish Tanakh. Additionally, these Mosaic Law experts and teachers also had substituted their own perverted esoteric knowledge for God’s uncontaminated “key of knowledge.”
For these abovementioned reasons, the original unpolluted “key of knowledge” now is provided by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which God gifts to every single one of the Lord’s disciples. Put differently, today the Holy Spirit is the ONLY One who reveals God’s spiritual secrets (mysteries), including the “key of knowledge” or the true method of understanding God’s deeper Divine Truths about how believing humans enter into the Kingdom of Heaven! Basically, they first must be born again—they must become spiritually alive, before they can know the Truth that sets them free!
According to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit also is every born again, saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit believer’s best and ONLY necessary teacher (cf. 1 John 2:27)! That’s why God has given each one of them direct access to His Holy Spirit, who now is living inside of every believing Christian man and woman. Consequently, there is no reason why anyone who is born again, saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit would ever have to pay as much as one penny for any person’s version of esoteric knowledge. There also is no reason why anyone who is born again, saved, and filled with the Holy Spirit would ever have to seek out any particular man or woman’s exclusive “brand” of esoteric knowledge!
Lastly, the Holy Spirit also is the One who makes it possible for the believers who possess the “key of knowledge,” which He has revealed to them, to become members of the new order of priests and kings who are after the order of the heavenly Melchizedek. Since the Lord is the first Priest-King, meaning He is the heavenly Melchizedek, this Divine Truth also means that Christ Jesus not only is the everlasting King of Kings but also the everlasting High Priest (cf. Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-6, 9-10; and Hebrews 6:20)!
Because Christ Jesus is the heavenly Melchizedek, God through His Holy Spirit is able to place the eternal heavenly “key of knowledge” within believers in Christ, which makes it possible for His Holy Spirit to elevate believers in Christ to the positions of priests and rulers. Lastly, most important is the fact that whenever these priests and rulers wish to obtain whatever godly spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding they might be seeking that pertains to the Kingdom of Heaven, all these believers have to do is tap into the Holy Spirit’s teachings. He has been given to believers to teach them ALL truths, especially those Heavenly Truths that from eternity have been hidden for them and not from them!
For additional information about the Keys of the Kingdom, please read my Receiving The Keys Of The Kingdom blog entry.