Christ continues with
the conferral of the "keys"
to be a clear statement of a position of leadership authority.
I will give you (singular) the keys to the
kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind
on earth shall be bound in heaven; and
whatever you loose
on earth shall be
loosed in heaven.
This biblical commission echoes one other conferral of keys
in the Bible. Eliakim receives the keys of the royal palace.
I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one