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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5364 key
5364 key

5364 key

A tool for opening a locked door. Used mainly symbolically in Scripture to speak of Jesus Christ’s victory over death and his authority over believers, or of the need of deliverance from the imprisonment brought to human nature by sin and the law.

Keys for opening doors

Jdg 3:23-25; 1Ch 9:27; Lk 3:20; Lk 11:7; Jn 20:19,26; Ac 5:23

The symbolic use of keys

As a symbol of Jesus Christ’s complete authority Rev 3:7 See also Isa 22:22

As a symbol of Jesus Christ’s ultimate victory over death and hell Rev 1:18

As a symbol of Satan’s ultimate defeat Rev 20:1-3 See also Rev 9:1

As a symbol of Jesus Christ’s authoritative ministry through his church Mt 16:19 Usually understood as illustrating how God’s forgiveness is made effective through preaching the gospel.

As a symbol of living faith Isa 33:6 See also Mt 13:52

Being locked up as a symbol of obstacles to faith Gal 3:23 See also Lk 11:52

See also


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