Peter and the Keys — Introduction

In Matthew 16, Jesus told Peter, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”  Several aspects of this passage are often misinterpreted, and I’d like to write some articles on it.  It removes a lot of the confusion if we look at what exactly the passage says (and what it doesn’t say) and compare it to other Scriptures.

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“According to the Law of Moses” — Why it Matters

In my previous post, “According to the Law of Moses,” I mentioned the sub-theme running through the chapter after it records that “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God….”  Luke, writing under the direction of the Holy Spirit, repeatedly emphasised throughout the rest of the chapter that the Son of God had been brought into a family that was very serious about keeping not only the letter but the spirit of the Law.  They loved the Lord their God.

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“According to the Law of Moses”

The first twenty verses of Luke chapter 2 is one of the most beloved passages of Scripture.  Our family memorised it together, and we still recite it together every Christmas morning.  Who does not love the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem, no room in the inn, the Baby in the manger, the shepherds and the angels?

But of course, the story doesn’t stop when “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”  The story goes on to the Cross, to an empty tomb, to a return in power and might, a great white Throne, and to an eternity, whether in the Lake of Fire or in the New Heavens and New Earth.

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The “Ghost” of Christmas Articles Past

Based on what WordPress is telling me about what people are searching for, Christmas is still a hot topic, both the question as to whether or not we can/should celebrate Christmas, but also questions about Joseph and the genealogies of Christ.  I’ve written quite a bit on these topics and it has seemed to be helpful to a lot of people, so I thought I’d just link a bunch of it together if you are looking for that kind of material.

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The Hope of a Child

Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

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About the Election

This is not a political blog, but Christians do vote, and we should consider Biblical truth when we vote.  Here in Glenrothes, there are five candidates on the ballot.

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Dear Mormon, Why Isn’t Jesus’ Baptism Good Enough?

This came up in our Bible study tonight.  Mormons believe that baptism is required to enter the kingdom of God, and that you can be baptised for someone else by proxy.  So it raises the question, why wasn’t the baptism of Jesus sufficient?

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