Why did Jesus give Peter the Keys to the Kingdom?

Why did Jesus give Peter the Keys to the Kingdom?


I have heard many explanations for this, but most were making assumptions not in facts.


Let’s us consider what are the facts? We know Peter was a devout Jew and seeking the Jewish idea of the messiah, as were most Jews. So we can say Peter was open to what Jesus brought forth. And as all Jewish men he knew the scriptures by heart and about the messianic prophecies. That with the fact Peter was a humble man. So all in all Peter as the other Apostles were ripe candidates for Jesus and His Ministry.


Now let look at the facts of Jesus. What and who was He looking for? Devout Jews, of humble heart and open mind, soul and spirit, so to receive His message. Which all the Apostles, the 11 that were with Jesus during all of His ministry.


For it is written;

Matthew 10:5-6 (KJV)

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

And again;

Matthew 15:22-24 (KJV)

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cried after us.


24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.


So what set Peter aside to receive such a blessing of the Keys to the Kingdom? Remembering the facts John was the one loved most by Jesus, and Peter at the end denied Jesus three times.


So why Peter? Simply because Jesus was also looking for one who could lead from the start, and Peter was the first to fully open His heart, mind and soul to the Holy Spirit and see the truth of Jesus and who He was. But even then, Peter could not yet see the whole truth of who Jesus really was.


The one fact that can prove this, is that none of the Apostles after three years with Jesus yet fully believed, for they were still holding on the Jewish idea of Messiah. Their eyes were not opened and saved unto Jesus first appearance in the upper room on the day of His Resurrection.


John 20:19-23 (KJV) (Apostles Commissioned) 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in their midst and said unto them, “Peace be unto you.” 20 And when He had so said, He showed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you. As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. 23 Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained.”


Acts 1:3-8 (KJV) (Apostles would soon be Baptized with the Power of the Holy Spirit) 3 To these also He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen by them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God .4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, “which,” saith He, “ye have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” 6 When they therefore had come together, they asked of Him, saying, “Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said unto them, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power. 8 But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”


Acts 2:1-4 (Apostles receive the Baptism of the Power of the Holy Spirit) 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Acts 10:44-48 (NKJV) 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.


Now, Brothers and Sisters, in light of this, let us ask ourselves, since we believe, have we received both the Holy Spirit and the quickening/baptism of the Holy Spirit?


For the scriptures show, as the Apostles receiving of the Holy Spirit and receiving the quickening/baptism of the Holy Spirit came separately. But the scriptures also show where the receiving of the Holy Spirit and the quickening/baptism of fire, can come at the same time. These facts, and the teaching of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, that teaches us God’s blessings come to each one individually and are received according to their faith.


So, let us each one make sure we have received both the Holy Spirit and the quickening/baptism of fire, and not allowing our pride to cause us to stumble, remembering it is God that makes the final decision as to our righteousness.