Rock and Key
by: ASHER INTRATER, Revive Israel & Tikkun Global
In Matthew 16, Peter received a significant revelation of Yeshua. There were four parts to this historic breakthrough: 1. Messiahship of Yeshua 2. New Covenant Community of Faith 3. Delegated Spiritual Authority 4. Victory over Satanic Forces Peter answered, “You are Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Yeshua said to him, “Blessed are you, Shimon son of Yonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father in heaven…On this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-19). When a person receives a revelation of Yeshua and responds, he becomes a member of the Ecclesia, the universal New Covenant community of faith. That membership should be expressed by active participation in a local congregation of like-minded believers. As we receive revelation from heaven about Yeshua, we also receive authority from heaven through Yeshua. The revelation and the authority together are called symbolically here “the keys.” As we receive revelation from heaven about Yeshua, we also receive authority from heaven through Yeshua. The revelation and the authority together are called symbolically here “the keys.” As we submit to Yeshua’s authority, we receive authority under him (Luke 7:7).
Spiritual authority comes in two ways: directly through the name of Yeshua, and indirectly through the leadership of the local congregation. In both ways, whether direct or delegated, all spiritual authority comes through submission. Being under the cover of authority is a place of protection. It is safe, secure and stable. It is a “rock.”