New Testament
Lesson 13
“I Will Give unto Thee the Keys of the Kingdom”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help strengthen our testimonies that Jesus is the Christ and that the priesthood keys bestowed on the Mount of Transfiguration have been restored.

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 15:21–17:9
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Lesson 13 Handout (PDF format)

Lost Sheep Among the Heathen

A Day of Deepening Opposition

Ministering Among the Heathen

Miracles in Decapolis

The Leaven Of The Pharisees And Sadducees

READ MATTHEW 16:1-4. Pharisees and Sadducees seek a sign.

READ MATTHEW 16:5-12. Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The Keys Of The Kingdom

The Lord gathers his disciples together for a testimony meeting and announces the subject.

READ MATTHEW 16:19. The keys of the kingdom promised to the Twelve.

Losing One's Life to Save It.

The Transfiguration

READ MATTHEW 17:1-13. The transfiguration of Jesus.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The Lord revealed more of himself during the events reviewed in this lesson. Important priesthood keys have been promised and transmitted to the future leaders of his church. Peter bore his witness of the Master which he had received by revelation. Like Peter, we can know through the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and that his servants, the prophets, hold the same keys given anciently to Peter, James, and John.

Record your thoughts on the events described in this lesson. How can you avoid the "leaven of the Pharisees"? How do the "keys" of the kingdom make a difference in your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.

Doctrines of Salvation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Holy Temple by Boyd K. Packer.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.

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