19 [a]And I will give unto thee the [b]keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt [c]bind upon earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.
20 [d]Then he charged his disciples, that they should tell no man that he was Jesus that Christ.
21 ¶ [e]From that time forth Jesus began to show unto his disciples, that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the [f]Elders, and of the high Priests, and Scribes, and be slain and be raised again the third day.
Matthew 16:19A metaphor taken of stewards which carry the keys: and here is set forth the power of the ministers of the word, as Isa. 22:22, and that power is common to all ministers, as Matt. 18:18, and therefore the ministers of the Gospel may rightly be called the key of the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 16:19They are bound whose sins are retained, heaven is shut against them, because they received not Christ by faith: on the other side, how happy are they, to whom heaven is open, which embrace Christ, and are delivered by him, and become fellow heirs with him.
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