"... He chose us
before the foundation of world ..."
“…on this rock I will build My church….” Matthew 16:18
One soul at a time!
What is The Church?
Let’s review who we are as Christ’s Body—a peculiar, chosen generation of people, separated to administer the glory of God to the nations.
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, ‘Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’
“So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’
“Jesus answered and said to him,
‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but My Father who is in heaven.
And I also say to you that you are Peter,
and on this rock
I will build My church,
and the gates of Hades
shall not prevail against it.
“‘And I will give you
the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth
will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven.’” Matthew 16:13 -19
REVELATION KNOWLEDGE ACCOMPANIES THE BLESSING OF GOD
“Who do you say that I am?”
Peter answered Jesus’ question from revealed truth that was given to him in his spirit.
- Revelation knowledge is knowledge that doesn’t come from this earthly realm.
- It is knowledge not previously known that is opened up and released into the believer’s spirit.
- Father gave Peter the answer to Jesus’ question. Father always speaks truth. Always! That is why we can trust Him.
Jesus adds further revelation knowledge: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
Expect blessings when you receive knowledge and answers in the inner man.
Revelation knowledge carries with it a grace or ability to empower you and transform your thoughts from one realm to another.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
Faith is the acceptance and belief in that revealed knowledge.
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Christ means Anointed One
Christ means Messiah: Old Testament term applied to priests who were anointed with the holy oil, particularly the High Priest.
The Father has revealed to Peter who His Son really is, cutting through all the lies of reincarnation that men had suggested in Matthew 16:14.
Just as the fulfillment of Jesus’ earthly ministry was attached to what Father said about Him, so is the fulfillment of your earthly ministry attached to what God’s Word has declared about you.
“…you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…”
What rock will it be built on?
The revelation of who Jesus Christ is.
He certainly is not referring to building the church on a mortal man, for this does not line up with other scriptures that declare no other foundation can be laid except Jesus Christ. See 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 and 1Timothy 2:5-6.
The solid Rock and foundation of The Church is two-fold:
1. Jesus Christ is the solid foundation—no other
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all…” 1Timothy 2:5-6
“…that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:19
2. Belief in, and acceptance of the revelation of who Jesus is changes the heart of a sinner to become a New Creation in Christ Jesus.
You could not have become a Christian, unless Father had revealed His Son to you.
The Gates of Hades shall not prevail against The Church!
Do you believe that?
Jesus has the keys of Hades and death! Rev. 1:17-18
Vines Dictionary definition of gates:
They were viewed as synonymous with power and further suggest that they stood for those who held government and administered justice.
The Lord is not referring to a gate that can be seen but one that cannot be seen, yet is very real and operates in the spiritual realm to control.
Since we know this gate is of the kingdom of darkness, we can assume that kingdom does not want to allow entrance to what is on the other side, which is God’s Kingdom.
Neither do they want God’s dominion, righteousness, or love released into the earth realm to produce life and goodness. How do they prevent this?
By keeping The Church bound up in religious tradition, ignorant of who they are in Christ and what Jesus provided for them as His joint heir. Romans 8:17
Revealed knowledge of the truth is rising up in our day to bring forth big, big changes now as Believers take hold of who they are and what has rightfully been given to them. We are on pursuit to fulfill our end-time assignments as we reach forward to those things which are ahead and press in for the glory of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus! This is our confidence: Our God is with us!
”I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
Who has the keys to those gates?
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.
And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” Revelation 1:18
Jesus has disarmed principalities and powers. Colossians 2:15
Father has seated Jesus at His right hand far above all principalities, power, and every name named. He put all things under Jesus’ feet and made Him to be head over all things to the church, His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. God made us alive together with Christ, raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ.
See Ephesians 1:19-23 and 2:6.
It is from this seat that we pray effectively in His name and His power.
Jesus has the keys of Hades and Death.
The Church has the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
PRAYER AND KINGDOM KEYS
Jesus is giving you and me something that is extremely powerful and significant to the building of His Church.
What are the keys of THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN and what do they do?
- They are spiritual
- They are power from the Source of all power
- They keep Heaven open
- They lock up or bind
- They unlock or loose
These power keys only operate in the spirit.
It is this realm that changes things in the earthly, natural realm.
“Things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)
This is good news for us who are citizens of Heaven and required to operate in both realms.
We are authorized to change the world!
That's why “… we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
When “faith keys” are functioning correctly they bring days of heaven on the earth, because it is our faith that is the victory that overcomes the world and its system of chaos and devastation.
The Holy Spirit Himself leads us to pray prayers empowered with authority. Our keys can overcome ANYTHING devised from the curse, because they come to us from the One who dwells within us who conquered hell and redeemed us from the curse. See Galatians 3:13-14.
Your keys are in your spirit—they were bought with precious blood.
Use them, Beloved, for a lost and dying world.
Just remember, we can’t do anything without Jesus or His Word abiding in our heart. John 15:7
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