Rev.3:7,8 – “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut…”

This passage is referring to Eliakim, an official in the house of David during the time of Isaiah, that had the key of access to all of the treasures in the house of God, the treasures of David. The Lord is speaking in the word to the church in Philadelphia saying they have the spiritual key of David, in other words all of the treasuries of David have been given to you. The door is open because you have the key, all of the resources of the Lord are now available to you. This is how Barclay describes all of this.

“He is the one who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. We may first note that the key is the symbol of authority. Here is the picture of Jesus Christ as the one who has the final authority which no one can question.

Behind this, there is an Old Testament picture. Hezekiah had a faithful steward called Eliakim, who had authority over all his house and who alone could admit to the presence of the king. Isaiah heard God say of this faithful Eliakim: ‘I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open’ (Isaiah 22:22). It is this picture which is in John’s mind. Jesus alone has authority to admit to the new Jerusalem, the new city of David.…He is the new and living way into the presence of God.”

We have been given the keys to the kingdom of God. There may seem like there are doors blocking you, but the Lord says the door is open in front of you. He says that because He has given you the keys to go forward and possess new land in His name. In Isa.22:22, the Lord declares this over Eliakim, “Then I will put the key of the house of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one will shut, when he shuts, no one will open”. The Lord has given us the keys to His kingdom; go forward in His name and watch the doors all swing wide open.

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