I’ve heard many different teachings about the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and I think that there is validity to much of it. However, I believe it is clear that the keys are the things that God reveals to you from heaven — the things that you must perceive in the spirit. What do you see, and what do you do with it? You must learn to use your keys.
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 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. 18 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. 19 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.” Mat. 16:13-19
Jesus called Peter blessed because He knew and trusted what God had revealed to him in spirit. He then said that he would build on this rock, and that all of hell could not stop it. You probably know that Peter means, “rock.” But I believe that it is the foundation inside of Peter that Jesus was calling, “this rock” — the foundation of trust in what was revealed to him by God from heaven.
Jesus later literally built the Church upon Peter’s trust in the revelation he received from heaven when He spread the gospel to the entire world by giving him a vision of unclean animals on a sheet and telling him to, “rise, kill and eat.” (Act. 10:10-16) Of course, Peter was immediately repulsed because his flesh rose up against what he heard in spirit since it seemed to contradict something that was foundational to his own theology. But God said, “do not call something unclean after I have made it clean.”
Use Your Keys
Jesus had taught Peter that he should bind what is restricted in heaven and loose what is accepted. That is exactly how you use keys; you use them to permit or deny access. Peter trusted what he heard in spirit over what he knew and learned in the physical realm because he knew God intimately. This foundation of trust remained firm, so he made use of the keys he was given.
What God reveals to you in spirit is key to your success. You must learn to trust that it is the key God is giving you because it is the one you need at the moment. You must also discern how to use it.
Therefore, you do not prophesy everything you see and hear — you bind or loose based on knowing God.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.