Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


John the Baptist, Priesthood Keys, baptism, keys of the kingdom of heaven


The Latter-day Saint concept of priesthood keys is not well documented in the Bible. A single passage has Jesus Christ promising to give Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19), while the book of Revelation indicates that Christ held “the keys of hell and of death” and “the key of David” (Revelation 1:18; 3:7; see Isaiah 22:22). There is no mention of keys in connection with John the Baptist.