The Keys of the Kingdom – Who Knew?

by St. John Chrysostom

We often hear among apologists about who holds the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. I thought I’d share some of the writings of our father among the saints, the Goldenmouth, John Chrysostom!

“For the son of thunder, the beloved of Christ, the pillar of the Churches throughout the world, who holds the keys of heaven, who drank the cup of Christ, and was baptized with His baptism, who lay upon his Master’s bosom with much confidence, this man comes forward to us now; not as an actor of a play, not hiding his head with a mask, (for he has another sort of words to speak,) nor mounting a platform, nor striking the stage with his foot, nor dressed out with apparel of gold, but he enters wearing a robe of inconceivable beauty.”

– Homily 1 on the Gospel of John, Preface, 2. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 14. Edited by Philip Schaff. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1889.)

 

The Keys of the Kingdom – Who Knew?

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