Fresh Insights Into Apostles – Part Twenty-one

Jesus said to his apostles… “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

Apostles are called to bind and loose Although I believe all believers have authority to bind and loose, I believe the fullness of binding and loosing will be seen through apostolic ministry. In this passage the apostle Peter was given the keys of the Kingdom based upon his revelation from heaven. Apostolic revelation is the basis of binding and loosing. To bind means to make secure by tying, to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds, to arrest, apprehend, take charge of, to chain, to fetter, to put a stop to. All based on fresh apostolic revelation that the Lord is showing the Church through the ministry of the apostles (worldwide Church) or a particular apostle when he is ministering in a specific church. The works of darkness and the works of man, both inside and outside the Church, need to be bound through apostolic ministry.

To loose means to untie, to free from restraint, to detach. People need to be loosed from the powers of darkness and the control of men who manipulate others for their own benefit and this freedom comes through apostolic ministry working in the Church.

Again, this is tied directly to fresh revelation from the Father and from Jesus who is Head of the Church. This has nothing to do with man’s desires, dreams, or wishes and cannot, in any way, be connected to many of the modern day teachings and practices based on misinterpreting these verses and taking them out of context using them for selfish purposes.

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