Unknowingly we have taken away the key of knowledge by replacing the gospel with our 'plan of salvation'. In so doing we have hindered the gospel, keeping others from entering the kingdom (family) of God (See THE BIG LIE on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
Jesus was speaking to the lawyers (The Pharisees and Sadducees) when he accused them of taking away the key of knowledge. The key is the gospel of Jesus Christ for when it is preached to another they become born again and the understanding of their heart is opened. Remember: "The natural man receives not the things of fhe spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2.14)." This is why we must preach the gospel to others.
Telling another the good news in person with our mouth (preaching the gospel.) is the key. It gives others the opportunity to believe on Christ and be born of God (1 Jn 5.1). Then they can receive the things of the Spirit of God. The eyes of their heart are opened and the bible comes alive to them whereas before they could not comprehend it. The next step is to teach them to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only, deceiving themselves (Jas 1.22-25). There are seven billion people who we must preach the gospel to before the end comes and Christ returns and takes us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18). This is the work (James 1.25).
The 'plan of salvation' is hindering them that are entering the kingdom of God (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org), taking away the key. "IN VAIN DO THEY WORDSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN, For laying aside the commandment of God (Preach the gospel, Mk 16.15), you hold the tradition of men (the plan of salvation)... Full well you reject the commandment of God (Mk 16.15), that you may keep your own tradition (presenting the plan of salvation) (Mk 7.7-9).
To preach the gospel to another simply ask them if they have heard the good news and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose again the third day (1 Cor 15. 3-4)." This same gospel that the Apostle Paul himself received and preached (1 Cor 15.3-4) still saves (Please see SAVED on www.preach-the-gospel.org for the definition of 'saved'.) every one that believes on Christ when we tell it to them in person with our mouth as Paul and Christ's other disciples did (Mk 16.15, Jn 3.36 & 6.47, Acts 16.31, Rom 1.16, 1 Cor 1.21, Eph 6.19-20 & Col 4.3-4).
Let's not be like the lawyers (The Pharisees and Sadducees)! Let's replace the key of knowledge by telling the good news to others and teaching them that believe to preach it, as Christ commands us to do (Mk 16.15 & Mt 28.20).
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