The Keys to Heaven and Hell (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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The Keys to Heaven and Hell (3 of 4)
Series: Heaven And Hell
Jeff Strite
Matthew 16:13-20

OPEN: A husband and wife arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up their car but they were told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it.
They went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. As the wife watched from the passenger's side, she instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open.
"Hey," she shouted to the technician. "This door is open!"
"I know," answered the young man. "I already got that side."

(GET OUT KEYS)
The purpose of keys is to unlock doors.
I have a whole bunch of keys on my key ring. I have keys to my house, the van, the church building, the church PO Box, etc. I even have keys here that I have no idea what they go to.

Now, I don't know about you, but there's nothing more frustrating for me than to go to unlock a door and find that I haven't got the key. Has that every happened to you?
So I have a solution to that problem. You know what it is? That's right, I make spares. They're not on this keyring. They're hidden all over the place, right where I know where they're at, so that if I misplace these keys, I've got backups.

So I've got spare keys that I don't carry on this key ring.
But there's another set of keys that aren't on this key ring.
I don't' have them in my pocket, and they're not hidden around the house or my van. That set of keys is the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus told Peter (and by extension - the rest of us)
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19

Now, there is a church that doesn't believe you and I have these keys. The Catholic Church teaches that ONLY Peter received those keys.

That's one of the reasons we see St. Peter sitting at the Pearly Gates, letting people into heave ...


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