WHAT ARE the KEYS of the KINGDOM of HEAVEN?
BY: LINDA KEITH
MAY 17, 2007
I was watching TV on Tuesday night and the words “the keys of the Kingdom of heaven” rose up from within me. I thought, “yeah, Jesus said to Peter, I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven…” Then, Sunday I received an article, written by a brother in the Lord, that I didn’t now. He ask me to read his article, and I did. He ask me to contact him and give him my opinion of that article. Which, I did. After he received my comments on his article, below is what he sent to me:
I appreciate your thoughts.
However, I must say this: we, His body, have not yet had the mind of Christ. Not to realize this is a problem, for the kingdom of heaven is righteousness, peace, and joy. There can be little righteousness without putting on His mind. This, of course, is the piece that has been missing.
Of course to the Father, it’s a finished work. He lives in the realm of timelessness, so of course to Him it’s finished. To us however, like all the rest of this, it has to be worked into us experientially. You did not arrive at the level of the understanding that you have today, immediately. It happened over a period of time. We have to walk from here to there.
You can confess it all you want, it has not happened. This is why those teaching the message of the Kingdom are all over the place in what they teach. They do not see the same things when they look. If we all had the mind of Christ we would see the same things. The righteousness of Christ can be objectively defined. It is outside of our opinion of it. Yes, I long for the oneness of the brethren. But I have to wonder what your concept of the kingdom is… Or what your concept of Christ’s authority is. We can confess that we have these things until the cows come home, but this does not make it a reality in any sense, metaphysical, or not. I am not looking for signs and wonders here in case you were wondering. I am looking for the righteousness and maturity of Christ, and I’ll know it when I see it. This cannot be imputed righteousness as so many believe:
Rev 3:17: For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and have need of nothing…
(isn’t this what you were just telling me? You have need of nothing… It’s already a finished work; it just needs to be realized?)
…not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you might be rich, and white garments so that you might clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes that you may see.
As long as you’re having anxiety attacks, and attacks of doubt and double–mindedness, you do not have it, your not manifested, you’re not walking in it, and all the positive thinking in the world will not make it come to pass. Kidding yourself does no good. Admitting the truth about ourselves, to ourselves, is the beginning of the words of eternal life.
I recommend that you go back to the gospels, ask the Father to open the eyes of your understanding, and seek to understand the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus came to teach.
Luke 4:43: …but He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
Linda, my sister, I’m asking the Father that you find the keys to the kingdom of heaven that Jesus gave to Peter. Otherwise I fear that you may never enter…
I am praying for you,
I thought, “Why do people ask for someone’s opinion, IF they don’t really want it UNLESS your opinion is in complete agreement with their words?” I could never figure this out, until recently. (Which I won’t go into in this writing.)
We all should know that each of us are EXACTLY where we are suppose to be, in our understanding. But, when I read that the brother does not believe that the “old man” is dead, it was clear to me that he and I were in different understandings. He says that he longs for the oneness of the brethren, really?? I don’t think his wording will bring about that oneness. His words do not bother me, as I am use to such things from ministers, not in agreement with me. I think what this brother needs to know that the UNITY OF THE BRETHREN is NOT speaking the same thing. How could a babe speak what a mature one, walking as I AM, speaks? I think that the unity of the brethren is KNOWING that that are levels of understanding, BUT, love and accepting where each of us are at, does not matter. Unity is not about speaking, it is about I AM’s NATURE showing through the brethren. As he said, the process of EXPERIENCING the Mind of Christ is just that, a process. So, does I AM just zap a babe into the maturity of another? He is no respecter of persons; EVERYONE has to go through the process. BUT LOVE can be shown by all; HIS Nature can be seen in ALL, IF THAT IS WHAT IS BEING LOOKED FOR IN EACH OTHER. We see what we search for; be it faults, or His Nature.
Once again, as I finished reading his (loving????) words, I heard the words, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven”. I was getting the sense that I AM was going to show me something. I am coming to the place where I know when I AM is speaking in me. So……
Then I opened my next email, and guess what? It was from a sister in the Lord, asking me, “Linda, what are the keys to the Kingdom of heaven?” I knew FOR SURE what was coming. lol. So, this is what this writing is about.
The first thing I noticed in BOTH emails was that both the brother and the sister were mistaken about these keys.
Matt. 16:19, “And I will give unto thee the keys OF the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Do you see the mistake? They mistakenly think that the “keys” are “TO” the Kingdom. Jesus tells us that the “keys” are OF heaven. Those of you who have been getting my studies for any length of time, know that I am a stickler about “little” words. The word “of” is “ek” in the Greek language. And it means, “OUT FROM WITHIN”. So, what Jesus told Peter was that He would give Peter the keys OUT FROM WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. He didn’t say “I will give you the keys TO the Kingdom of heaven.
Let’s look at the definition of the word “keys”, from Strong’s Concordance.
Keys= #2807, 2808= a key, (as SHUTTING a lock); to close; to shut up. Also, the word “keys” IS A VERB, in the Greek. Strong’s tells us this.
So we see that the keys ARE IN THE KINGDOM, not out side of it, to get into the Kingdom. And we are told that “the Kingdom is within you, and it does not come with outward observation”. So, if the Kingdom is in us, and the keys are in the Kingdom, that tells me that I have to be in the Kingdom to get the keys. And IF my old man is NOT dead, I cannot be in the Kingdom, (at this stage of understanding) and IF my old man is not dead, then that makes Romans 6 a lie. Like I have said a hundred times, NOTHING CHANGES TRUTH. We can say whatever we want, but what we say and what we don’t understand, does not change a truth. A truth cannot be changed; it can be misunderstood, but not changed.
The Keys are the understandings of the Kingdom. Knowing our True Identity is a KEY. Knowing WHAT we are is a KEY. Knowing what we have and are ONE IN, is a KEY. Let’s look again at Matt 16.
MATT 16:19, “And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: ..”
MATT 16:17-18, “And Jesus said unto him, Blessed art thou Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (the spirit realm) And I say also unto thee that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Why was Peter blessed? Because he did not consult flesh and blood to know Who Jesus was. He received his knowing, from the Father. And Jesus didn’t mean that because Peter received the revelation of Who He was, that He was going to honor Peter by building a church. No, it was THE REVELATION that Peter received that He was going to build His church on. Jesus saw Peter receiving from the Spirit, but look a little farther down and Jesus sees the flesh thinking of Peter.
MATT 16:23, “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou are an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of man.”
When He called Peter Satan, it wasn’t Peter He was speaking about, it was Peter’s carnal thinking. Peter had received the revelation of Who Jesus was, but he or the other disciples had not received the revelation of Who THEY WERE.
Let’s look at the Old Testament and look at a parable to us, a shadow of what was/is planned for us, in Present Truth.
Judges 3:12-30, “And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord” and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. (Jericho). So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. But the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man left-handed: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.”
Ehud= to unify; collect (one’s thoughts): go one way or the other.
Benjamin= so joined with Him that they show forth Him.
So the deliverer, which is a type and shadow of Jesus AND US. This was after 18 years of serving another king.
Number 18=10+8. 10=perfection of Divine Order; complete order of something.
8=new day; new beginning, resurrection.
Our Deliverer has come. He has made possible for us to enter into our Divine Order, our Completeness, our new beginning, and OUR RESSURECTION. It is up to US to enter into our True Identity or to refuse to believe it. He will not force it upon us. We can sit and wait because of what we focus on or we can bring forth the manifestation of His Finished work. He is resting. He is waiting on US to bring His Plan into this stage of His Plan.
Now, the brother said to me, “As long as you’re having anxiety attacks, and attacks of doubt and double–mindedness, you do not have it, you are not manifested, you’re not walking in it, and all the positive thinking in in the world will not make it come to pass. Kidding yourself does no good. Admitting the truth about ourselves, to ourselves, is the beginning of the words of eternal life.”
I don’t have anxiety attacks and attacks of doubt, ESPECIALLY about what I AM says to me, or double–mindedness. I DO agree with his next statement, “Admitting the truth about ourselves, to ourselves, is the beginning of the words of eternal life.” I DO admit to myself the Truth of Who I AM. I DO admit to myself What I AM. I DO admit to myself WHAT I have. I DO admit what HE TELLS ME I AM. This brother can call it Positive Thinking if he wants, because I AM POSITIVE in what HE tells me. I do NOT focus on the illnesses of this earth thinking, that he probably does, which is “I am a poor pitiful, sickly human being”. Along with this “humanness” comes what is part of the flesh, illness, death. I prefer What I AM tells me that I AM, and that is the EXACT thing He brought me forth as, A Spirit Being in HIS IMAGE; ONE IN HIM. I do not tell people that they MUST believe what I believe or they will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. That is carnal flesh talk. It has no place in me or my nature. It is like I have said; people will see what they are looking for. If they are looking for faults in a person, they will find it. They did so with Jesus, didn’t they? He is our Pattern. When He told them the Truth, they mocked Him, didn’t they? So, what should we expect from carnal thinkers? The same thing. But, it will not stop us bringing forth what and Who we are. Yes, I do admit to myself the truth about myself. I DO NOT admit what some “well intentioned” brother or sister wants me to admit. Call me what you will, it matters not to me. I just wish that ALL knew their True Identity, and they will in the appointed time of His Plan.
Let’s go on, in Judges.
Judges 3:16-17, “But Ehud made him a dagger which had tow edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his garment upon his right thigh. And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab; and Eglon was a very fat man”.
This dagger puts me in mind of Rev.1:16. This is speaking of the “ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN”, and “out of his mouth went a sharp two–edged sword, and his countenance was as the SUN shineth in his strength.”
And this king was a very fat man. He ate a lot to get fat. This speaks to me of the eating of the things of the carnal mind. The eating and digesting things that brings manifestation of what is eaten. If one eats, bad hopes for the brethren, that same one is hoping it for God. What did He say? “What you do to the least of mine, you do unto me.” If one has doubt of ANYONE ENTERING THE KINGDOM, that one will spend much time, in the heat the Consuming Fire, getting all that doubt burned out, so that when it is finished, UNITY will truly be known by that one.
Judges 3:18-19, “And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present. But he himself turned again from the quarries (the graven images) that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.”
Oh I love what I AM seeing here. The Deliverer has a SECRET errand to the king. And the king told the Deliverer to keep quiet until everyone but the Deliverer was gone. Now, what are we told? He will reveal things to us that have been HIDDEN since the foundation of the world. Folks, HE IS DOING IT NOW!! Most won’t receive it, but that’s ok, it isn’t meant for everyone right now. And we have to realize this fact, and love each brother and sister that won’t receive it, just the same. Because the One (the plural Eloheim) will make a Path
Judges 3:20-22, “And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. (the king) And Ehud said I have a message from God unto thee. And he ROSE out of his seat. And Ehud put forth his left , and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly (the king’s) And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly, and the dirt came out.”
This may seem gory to some, but it is gloriously revealing the work of those walking into Fatherhood. We are seeing here, I AM’s glorious plan in action. The Deliverer, whose image we ARE in, ROSE UP and took that two–edged dagger and thrust it right into the belly of the king. The belly represents the most innermost part of a person. The entire two–edged dagger went in, and could not be pulled out, and the dirt came out. Once the He enters our innermost part, NOTHING can bring Him out. Only the filth of the flesh will come out, to be no more. This awakening that we are being brought into, is telling us NOTHING can stop me from being seen through you, as I walk the earth AS you. Glory!!! This is good. Let’s go down to verse 25. After the Deliverer had done what had to be done, HE LOCKED the doors. The king was LOCKED INSIDE. Then here comes the king’s servants.
VS 25, “and they tarried till they were ashamed; and behold he opened not the doors of the parlor. therefore they took a KEY, and opened them: and behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.”
Are you getting a picture of this parable? Even the king was locked in. And the servant’s lord lay dead ON THE EARTH. Folks, heaven and earth are coming together. It is HERE ON EARTH that people are realizing, I have to enter the kingdom and be locked in. We will/are walking in the locked up Kingdom; we have the KEYS OUT FROM WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. It is up to us whether we will use those keys or not. Some will, some won’t. But, that’s ok, those KEYS, or the UNDERSTANDINGS of Who, What, Where and How they are, will be given to them. Then they will walk into the Kingdom, or rather REALIZE that they had NEVER left the Kingdom, they were locked up in in, and this illusional thinking of earthly, carnality will fade and they will follow those who set the Pattern for them to follow.
So ask yourself; Do I want to deny what I AM tells me I have? The Mind of Christ? His fullness, already received? I know I don’t want to deny it. Of course, we must all work out OUR OWN SALVATION. No one can do it for us. Do I want to deny His words? You are in My image? As I AM so are you in this world? When you see me, you’ve seen the Father? I don’t want to deny this. It is HIS TRUTHS. Let whoever wants to make a lie of His word, make a lie of it. They will change at some distant time, on the other side.
Don’t let anyone take away from you what He has told you. Keep it close to your heart; walk into it. IF you couldn’t do it, He would have said, “you can’t do it, I have to do it for you”... But listen, that isn’t what He has told us. In Gen 2:2 He told us, “MY WORK IS FINISHED”. In John 17:4, He told us, “MY WORK IS FINISHED”. He is RESTING IN THE KNOWING THAT HIS PLAN IS NOW MANIFESTING from a people who are awakening from the dream world they that been living in.
Do you want the Keys? Then BELIEVE and receive HIS UNDERSTANDINGS, not man’s. Amen.
It is understandable for a child to be afraid of the dark; but, why would an adult be afraid of the LIGHT?
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