Matthew, Chapter 16

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Jesus Promises Peter the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And 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 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. 19 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. 20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.(Matthew 16:13-20)

When Jesus arrives in the region of Caesarea Philippi, Peter proclaims him the Messiah and Son of God. On that very occasion, Jesus grants Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and appoints him his successor following the Ascension. Peter’s mission will be to continue Jesus’ mission with the same devotion and fervor as his master. He must also spread the gospel and redeem as many lost divine sparks as he can. What every human being truly desires is to merit entering the Kingdom of Heaven. All people can merit this, so long as they are diligent and do not fall prey to temptation or despair along the way.

Self-control relates to the principle of restriction; it is the ability to feel and notice without responding reactively.