“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven: (Mt. 16:18-19).
In the above passage please note that Jesus uses “church” and “kingdom” interchangeably. In other words, the kingdom of God is the same as the Lord’s church. Here He promised to build His church and to give the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” to Peter which keys Peter used on Pentecost of Acts 2 to tell lost souls what they had to do in order to be saved and thus become a part of the kingdom – a part of the church. Continue reading