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01/20/2015

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The Important Keys


"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure" (Isa.33:6).

Have you ever left your home and shut the door only to realize that your keys were sitting on the kitchen table? I don't know about you, but I'm getting a bit old to be crawling through windows anymore... Keys allow us to gain entry into things that are of enough value to us to be locked. In today's passage, the Messianic prophet Isaiah talks about a key. I believe the treasure he is speaking about in terms of a foundation is Jesus, and he lets his listeners know that a rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge are available. The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure..As we fast forward about 700 years the words of Jesus resound in our ears. In response to Jesus' question, "who do you think I am?" (Matt16:15), Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God..." (V 16) Jesus lets the disciples know that something great awaits them and gives them the keys... "I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven..." (V 19). The message that Peter would soon proclaim would unlock the door that had barred people from God... Peter, along with the other apostles, was given the keys. Fifty days after Jesus' resurrection, the Holy Spirit would endow Peter and the others, to speak with the authority about God... The kingdom that was opened to all was Jesus' church and their salvation... Through their inspired words of truth, the apostles now had the keys to invite people into that church. Because we have God's inspired words at our disposal, we hold those keys in our hands also, and can share the good news with others. Lets make sure that we hold those precious keys very close to us...

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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