The Church with an Open Door

key_11334c“Just as the master possesses the key to that house, and has complete authority with respect to permitting anyone to enter or leave, and so entire authority over the house, so God will give to Eliakim a key to the house or dynasty of David. This key will be placed upon his shoulder, an expression which means that the responsibility of of the Davidic government is is to rest as a burden on Eliakim’s shoulder. The importance of the position is seen in that this same description is applied to the risen Christ in Revelation 3:7.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, p. 114).

“Christ’s authority is a surpassing fulfillment of the ‘key of David’ prophecy in Isaiah 22:20-25. What neither Eliakim nor any other saint of the Old Testament could do, Christ has done. His reliability and strength are such that one can rest on him all the weight of the redeemed people and their destiny.” (Vern S. Poythress, The Returning King, p. 91).

“Though the true church is a spiritually inviolable temple, it suffers presently in its physical form…. [A]t the final consummation no form of physical or spiritual suffering will harm the church because of the full manifestation of God’s presence in its midst.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 294).

Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC

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