He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up
some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But He that entereth in
by the door (to the sheepfold) is the Shepherd of the sheep.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my
life for the sheep.
It is very clear, in the above verses, that Jesus is referring to those
of us who are the saved as "His sheep". No one would dispute that.
But in verse 1 He also mentions something called "the sheepfold".
Just what is a sheepfold?
A sheepfold is a pen or shelter used for the protection of the sheep,
especially during bad weather and night time. Permanent type sheepfolds
had four stone walls with a gate (doorway) built into one wall for
entering and leaving. In other words, a sheepfold is where a shepherd
temporarily keeps his sheep.
Question one: Since the Lordís people are considered His sheep,
then where or what is this sheepfold that the Lord mentions in
verses 1 and 2? Think about it. Where are we, His sheep, being
temporarily kept? The answer is - - - right here on this planet Earth.
Amen? The Earth is where the Lordís sheep are temporarily being
Notice verse 1 also mentions the door to the sheepfold. If we're
correct about the sheepfold being planet Earth, then the door to this
sheepfold must be the door or entryway into the Earth. Then question
two is: What is the door or entry way into the sheepfold (or Earth)?
You know the answer to that question too! How does any human being enter
into Earth? Isn't it through the human birth process?--- being born of a
So Jesus is referring to someone that has come into the Earth by some
method other than through the human birth process. And, according to
Jesus, whoever He's referring to, is "a thief and a robber"!
Now who do you suppose that "thief and robber" is? You know the
answer to that question as well, donít you? Certainly. He's talking about
none other than satan himself --- that old serpent, the devil!
In verse 2 Jesus says, "He that entereth in by the door is the
Shepherd of the sheep." Of course, here He's referring to
Himself. Actually, Jesus is giving us some important information
concerning the spirit world here. He wants us to know that satan is here
illegally. Satan did not come to Earth legally through the human birth
process. But Jesus wants to make it very clear that He Himself did!
Question three: Just who or what is satan? Most Christians donít give
it much thought, but satan is nothing more than a created spirit being ---
of the angel category. Heís an angel - - - not a human being.
Yes, God created satan. But when He did, he created him perfect!
Everything God does is always good and perfect. Amen? Man (Adam and Eve)
and satan were perfect in the day they were created. Both were perfect in
the beginning but later they fell away from God of their own free will.
What was it that caused both man and satan to fall away from their
Creator? The answer is: Making wrong choices. You see, both
human beings and angels have free wills and both have the ability to make
choices. These choices have the potential to be made for good or for evil.
We must understand that angels have a free will just as we do. How can we
know that? The Bible indicates that one-third of the angels chose
to follow satan. That means that two-thirds of the angels chose to
remain loyal to God. Those angels who fell away were not ordered by God to
follow satan. They chose to do so of their own free will (Rev. 12:4a).
Now how do we know that man has a free will?
I (God) call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
Important: There is one important thing we humans have that angels
don't have and thatís a human body. When God created Adam, the
Bible very plainly teaches that God ordained for mankind (not angels) to
have Earthly authority.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over the cattle, and OVER ALL THE EARTH, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth.
Therefore, only man, not angels, should legally have authority on
Earth. However, in the beginning, when God carved that little notch out of
eternity called time, long before Adam was created, His number one angel,
Lucifer, had Earthly authority. His Kingdom consisted of planet Earth. It
was assigned to him by God. However, this was at least several thousands
and probably even millions of years before Adam was created.
12 How art thou fallen from Heaven, O lucifer, son of the morning! How
art thou cut down to the ground, which (who) didst weaken the
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of
the congregation, in the sides of the north;
14 I will ascent above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the
most High (God).
Clearly, Lucifer failed in his God given assignment. When satan decided
that he ought to be equal with his Creator, he lost Godís favor. When he
became an enemy of God, one-third of the angelic forces chose to
follow him. In addition to losing God's favor, he also lost his Earthly
dominion and authority.
What happened to that dominion and authority? God repossessed it. Since
satan and all of his subjects were completely evil, God destroyed 100% of
Earth's physical inhabitants (both animals and some type of man) with a
flood. There were no survivors. This took place many years before Noahís
flood. At that time God also commanded the sun "to shine not" (Job 9:7).
Without heat from the sun, the entire Earth almost instantly became
covered in ice (ice age) and remained in that condition for a long unknown
period of time. I believe that the Genesis account is actually re-creation
- - - not creation. I also believe that the Earth is probably millions of
years old, while re-creation only took place about six thousand years ago.
All of this pre-Adamic situation, however, is another whole teaching in
itself. (For greater detail on this subject, click teaching entitled
Then, many years later, God created the first man, Adam, and gave
mankind the authority and dominion over Earth. Then sometime subsequent to
that, satan borrowed the body of a serpent, in order to present himself
physically and have the ability to converse with humans, and deceived Eve
into disobeying God. According to the scriptures, Adam was not deceived as
was Eve (1 Timothy 2:14). However, he did err when he "harkened
unto the woman." He listened to and took the advice of Eve which was
contrary to the commandments of God (Genesis 3:17). If you read
these scripture references, you will find that Eve was tempted by satan,
and Adam was tempted by Eve.
What were the results of all this? First of all, mankind exchanged
gods. That, in turn, resulted in mankindís loss of all Earthly dominion
and authority. Instead of mankind being a friend of God, they became the
servants of the devil. When God gave that dominion and authority to Adam
and Eve, with no strings attached, it was theirs to keep or lose.
Well, they lost it. They were deceived into assigning it over to satan.
Let's see now if the scriptures indicate what I'm telling you is truth. In
Luke 4:3, we have the account of the temptation of Jesus,
the Son of man, immediately after He had fasted for forty days and nights.
3 And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this
stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking Him up into a high mountain, showed unto Him
all the kingdoms of the World in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto Him, all this power (authority) will I
give thee, and the glory of them (kingdoms): for that is (has
been) delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt
Satan pointed out to Jesus all the kingdoms which were in the World at
that time and, in so many words said, "If You'll just worship me, I'll
give you all of the authority over these kingdoms and they will be Yours.
Its all been given to me (meaning by Adam and Eve) so therefore I
have the right to give it to whomever I chose."
These scriptures indicate to us that when the fall of mankind took
place back there in Genesis Chapter three, satan became lord over mankind
and everything on the Earth.
The fall of mankind, no doubt, created a very serious problem to the
inhabitants of Earth. How was God going to legally regain that
authority and dominion and place it back into the hands of mankind once
again? I mentioned the word "legally" because it happens to be very
important. God is a just God, and would never do anything illegally. Also,
letís not forget that nothing is too difficult for Him. Amen?
Well, after the fall of mankind, some four thousand years later, a very
special and unique child was born. But wait a minute! This particular
Child was born of a virgin! How can that be? Virgins canít give birth!
Those things just naturally donít happen, do they? No they
naturally donít. But super-naturally they can, and did!!! Is
Almighty God super-natural enough? And didn't I just say that
nothing is too difficult for Him? He is very amazing to say the least!
(For more about the importance of Godís blood, the meaning of the name
"Adam", and the virgin birth, click on teaching entitled "Is Jesus The
The Truth is, in order to survive, Earth must have a fresh start where
mankind is concerned. It was absolutely vital that another Adam come forth
--- one who carried the very blood of Almighty God within His body just as
the first Adam did --- but this time an Adam who would not "fumble the
ball", so to speak. The man Jesus, the Son of God, perfectly fit those
Important: Jesus is God and always has been God. But you must
understand the humanity of Christ. From the moment Godís Word was
conceived and became flesh in Maryís womb, until He physically died on the
cross, Jesus put aside every ounce of His deity and lived His entire
physical life as 100% man --- just like any other man would. The only
difference between His nature and that of any another man was that He was
not plagued by the Adamic nature. He did not possess the Adamic nature as
you and I do. The point is, He never used any of His Godly
authority or Godly powers to perform the miracles the scriptures record.
Some readers will likely find that difficult to grasp at first.
Now I mentioned that the word "legal" is very important and that taking
back Earth's authority from satan must be done legally. How could that
legally be accomplished?
1 Corinthians 15:21
For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus) came
also the resurrection of the dead.
It was through one man (Adam) that all of Earthís authority
became lost. So for it to be "legally" re-acquired, it must also be
through one man --- not through the power of an Almighty God. Can
you see that?
Adam had a free will, and Jesus also had a free will. Adam faltered and
made a deadly mistake, but thank God, Jesus didn't falter. The
scriptures tell us that Jesus was obedient even unto His death on the
cross (Philippians 2:8). The Word of God also tells us that without
the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22).
The blood of animals was only a temporary atonement. It wasn't sufficient
to be permanent.
But what about the blood of Almighty God Himself? One would think the
shedding of Godís blood would certainly be sufficient. Well, that's what
happened! That was Almighty God's blood that Jesus shed on that day He was
crucified. And because it was Godís blood that was shed, it certainly can
effectively and efficiently cleanse any sinner for all eternity, no matter
how evil he or she has been in the past!
The blood of animals had to be presented once a year for man's sins to
be covered. But with God's blood, now that's something special and
permanent! With God's blood it only takes one washing. And regardless of
oneís color of skin, every sinner who has been covered in the blood of
God, walks away being the same color --- CLEAN!
Now since our subject is still "The Keys to the Kingdom"
lets return to the book of John, chapter ten and begin with verse three.
3 To Him (the shepherd of the sheep) the porter openeth, and the
sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and
the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him: for they
know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what
things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again; 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, I
am the door of (for) the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep
did not hear (listen to) them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and
shall go in and out, and find pasture (be nourished).
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy;
I am come that they (the sheep) might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly.
The door in verse seven is not the same door Jesus mentions in the
first two verses. Remember? The door of verses 1 and 2 is the door to
the sheepfold, which we now understand to mean to the Earth,
where Godís sheep are currently being temporarily kept. That door is
physical in nature.
The door in verse 7 is the door of (or for) the sheep --- not
the sheepfold. Can you see the difference? In other words, Jesus is saying
that if a person wants to become one of His flock, then he or she must
enter into a relationship with God through the one and only door for the
sheep --- through Jesus, the Christ! Jesus said, "I am the way, the
Truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father except by me" (John
14:6). This second door, the door of verse 7, is spiritual in nature.
It's the door to eternal life.
5 Jesus answered (Nicodemus), Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water (by the physical human birth process)
and of the Spirit (oneís spirit given eternal life by
God), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh (a woman) is flesh; and that
which is born of the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is spirit (your
So in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, a person must first be
born of the flesh --- born of a woman --- become a human being. And
because of the Adamic nature, he or she must also be "born again" from
above --- by the Spirit of God. That's exactly what Jesus was telling
Nicodemus. And Jesus the Christ is that door to the second "birth" - - -
to being born again spiritually. He's the only way, to that new birth from
above! Just like physical birth (that which is born of flesh) is the legal
entry into planet Earth, the spiritual rebirth process through Jesus
Christ (the birth from above) is the only legal way into Heaven. So there
are two keys to the Kingdom: 1) becoming a human being by being born of a
woman; and 2) being "born-again" from above by entering through the one
and only door, Jesus Christ. Both keys are absolutely required in order to
gain entry to the Kingdom of Heaven. Now lets talk about the keys
of the Kingdom.
THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His
disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some,
Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of
the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon
Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in Heaven.
18 And I say 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.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven:
and whatsoever thou shall bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be loosed in Heaven.
First of all, notice who Jesus said would be the builder of the
He said, "I will build my Church". Amen? Also notice to whom the Church
belongs. He referred to it as, "My Church" --- He said, "I will
build my Church."
Down through the ages we've had many people who have tried to build a
church. But they always fail. Even today, we have numerous religious
leaders, who believe they have built a church. Too bad they don't
know that Jesus is the builder and owner of the church!
A case in point: One day as I was talking to a man who was the
pastor of a local fast growing congregation, I asked him how things were
going. He replied, "Just fine. The church is really growing. But I donít
really want my church to become large!" I tried to reply in
love and responded with, "With all due respect, I must tell you that itís
not your church, and therefore itís size is none of your business." We
must always be mindful of who the church belongs to and whoís building it!
In verse 19, it might seem as if Jesus is talking only to Peter. But I
believe He was addressing all of the disciples there when He said, "And
I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven:" Keep in
mind, our current subject is the keys of the Kingdom - - - - the
keys that operate the Kingdom of Heaven. Weíve already discussed the keys
required to gain entrance to the Kingdom.
So what are the keys (notice that word is plural) of the kingdom
of Heaven, and how many are there? Let's read the rest of that verse and
see if we can find out: "And whatsoever thou shalt bind on Earth shall
be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on Earth shall be
loosed in Heaven." It looks like there are two keys OF the
Kingdom. One key is BINDING, and the other key is LOOSING.
What does it mean to "bind" and to "loose"? I think the Amplified
version of Matthew 16:19 will answer that for us. Listen to what it says:
Matthew 16:19 Amp.
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you
bind (that is, declare to be improper and unlawful on Earth) must be
already bound in Heaven: and whatever you loose on Earth (that is, declare
lawful) must be what is already loosed in Heaven."
In other words, whatever we bind on Earth, or whatever we loose on
Earth, must agree with the way it is currently bound or loosed in Heaven.
Please allow me paraphrase this a little more. What Jesus is saying is, "I
give to you both the authority and the power to disallow and forbid those
things on Earth which are already disallowed and forbidden in Heaven. I
also give unto you both the authority and the power to allow and permit
those things on Earth which are already allowed and permitted in Heaven."
Now let's think for just a minute about some things which are forbidden
in Heaven. How about sickness? Forbidden in Heaven. Amen? What
about poverty, evil, lack of any kind, depression, anxiety, fear,
and all the rest of those things that satan tries to put on us which fall
in the category of killing, stealing and destroying? They are not
permitted in Heaven! And not a one of these descriptions fit the abundant
life that Jesus came to give us. From what I read about Heaven, it must be
a pretty healthy, happy, and peaceful place. Amen? In other words, it is
God's will for things on Earth to be as it already is in Heaven! Jesus
even told His disciples to pray, "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done ON
EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!
So letís get practical now. Suppose the enemy comes and tries to put
one of those evil symptoms on us. What are we going to do about it? Are we
just going to roll over and accept it because there's nothing we can do
about it? No! There is a way of escape! Because of what Jesus accomplished
on the cross, and with our acceptance of Him as our Savior and Lord, we're
now a part of the family of Almighty God. He has once again given His
authority to His children. Being of His flock, we've also been given the
name of Jesus, which is above every name, so we have power to do that
which is necessary. So then we have both the authority and also the
power required in order to resist the devil and all of his devices.
Amen? But that's still not all we've been given! We have been given the
keys of binding and loosing in order to create a Heavenly
atmosphere around us while weíre here on Earth! But itís up to us to use
Now here's something you should know about those two keys of the
kingdom of Heaven --- binding and loosing. Just like it takes both keys to
enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, It also requires both the key of
binding and the key of loosing to get the job done properly here on Earth.
In other words, always use them together. Bind that which needs to be
bound concerning any given situation and then loose that which needs to be
loosed in that same situation. For instance, if you bind sickness
from yourself or someone else, be sure that you also loose health,
well-being, and wholeness.
Also it's always a good idea to find at least one or more scriptures on
which to stand and place our faith --- scriptures that are appropriate for
our particular situation. For example, in the case of sickness, we might
confess 1 Peter 2:24 which says, "By His stripes we were
healed." You see, everything we receive from God is by faith and faith
works by love. Amen? Hebrews 11:6a tells us, "without faith it
is impossible to please Him (God)." Faith is released by the words we
Behold I give unto you power (authority) to tread on serpents
and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by
any means hurt you.
Jesus was talking to His disciples about authority. Since we too are
His disciples, it applies to us as well. In the Greek, those two "powers"
in this verse have two different meanings. The first power actually means
"authority", while the second power means "power" as you and
I usually think of it. You see, God has given to us, the Church,
everything we need to be more than conquerors! He has thought of
So if you haven't been using the keys of the Kingdom by binding
and loosing, then, by all means, now that you know about them, begin to do
so today. Jesus gave us those keys to use against the enemy. Let's begin
to utilize these powerful spiritual weapons He has given us. After all, He
even gave His very life and blood so that we might be victorious, not only
in the life to come, but also now, in this life. We wonít need the keys of
binding and loosing when we get to Heaven! No! We need them now, today,
here on Earth, in order to resist the devil (James 4:7) and to live
abundantly (John 10:10)!
Two Keys To The Kingdom Of Heaven
1. Being a human being; being born of a woman (Only humans being are
2. Being "born again" from above (by entering in by the door of Christ
Two Keys Of The Kingdom Of Heaven
1. Binding - With your words declare those things that do not exist in
Heaven to be improper and unlawful on Earth.
2. Loosing - With your words declare those things that do exist in
Heaven to be proper and lawful on Earth.