Peter was given the keys to the kingdom, which he used on the Day of Pentecost. This special day was the beginning of the harvest of souls that continues until now. Peter preached of Jesus as the way of salvation and unraveled the way to enter the door. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
By Jack Tanner
ONLY ONE WAY
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth hall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). This may be a shock to some people, but the kingdom of heaven is locked, and it requires keys to open the door. The keys were handed from Jesus to His disciples and then to the church.
Men have manufactured many ways to heaven throughout the years, and they seem to be right in their own eyes. But unless people, even those with good intentions, come through the one and only door, they are left standing on the outside. Jesus is that door.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). The best road to take is the one that leads you to the desired destination. Other roads may be broader, be traveled more, or have more lanes, but where do they end? Many of the superhighways, where you can travel at higher speeds, will not he the best roads if they lead to destruction.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14).
It is not that Jesus wanted His way to remain a secret to many. The Book of Acts opened wide the door to salvation, and that door is still open today. Paul witnessed before King Agrippa and King Festus. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner (Acts 26:26).
Although there are many religions throughout the world, it would be difficult to find those who have never heard that Jesus came to this earth. The readers may not act on their knowledge, but millions of books have been written on the Christian faith. These books tell all or part of the wonderful story of Jesus’ ministry.
There are organizations that have secret orders and per-form secret acts that are open to only a few. Some take a vow that they will not disclose these rituals or orders, but Christians are told to tell everyone the wonderful truth of Jesus’ coming to earth and that salvation is for everyone.
Paul testified, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).
A truth as wonderful as salvation that will take us from a world of sin, disease, and death to a place where we live forever and leave all the former unhappiness sin has brought should be heralded from the housetops.