06 Jan 8 KEYS OF REFORMATION By Pastor Rusty Nelson
Matthew 16:13-20 (ESV)
[Jesus} asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered 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 tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Imagine if a friend tossed you the keys to his brand new Corvette and said, “Here…drive with care.” Now you have been put in a place to steward what rightfully belongs to someone else, and this should not be taken lightly. Similarly, when Jesus tells you He’ll give you the keys of His Kingdom, you can know that He is giving you access to everything He has so that you will have everything you will need for life and godliness.
Keys represent delegated authority. Not only do we have the Owner’s permission to use them, but we also represent Him in the process. We have His authority to open and close doors, to bind up and to loose, to actually be so closely associated with The Giver of Life that we have His Life to give others. We are completely absorbed in His identity to the point that “it’s no longer I who lives, but Christ who live in me” (Galatians 2:20).
Jesus Christ is the key to life! He is the One Who unlocks the lock-box for the keys of His Kingdom. He is the Key that unlocks all the wealth, power, and authority of the Kingdom! A revelation of Jesus is the number one key to unlocking your identity and releasing His! Before Jesus entrusted these Kingdom Keys to Simon Peter and the Church, He dealt with an identity issue, the type of issue that separates what others say about Jesus and what you personally believe about Jesus. It is out of that defining moment that we not only recognize who Jesus is, but we are able to see who we are in Him. From this position, keys of authority are given to us to see the heart and purpose of Jesus fulfilled in and through our lives. These gifts of grace, generously provided for a victorious life, can unlock favor and breakthrough for us as individuals and also for those in our spheres of influence. These are Keys of Reformation!
The word Reformation means to restructure, overhaul, restore, and reshape. Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you…” (Mark 1:17). We have been invited to follow Him for the greatest “makeover” of our lives. This is not only a journey of a ‘new creation’, but also a journey of a King’s Kid who has been given everything needed to live in the authority and nature of The King.