19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
What was Jesus saying when he said that he would give us the keys of the kingdom and how does it relate to binding and loosing? The keys of the kingdom simply means for us to have the ability to open and explain the gospel truths! Furthermore, having had the keys granted onto us meant that we have been found qualified to make use of these gospel truths, namely, to make Jesus known and make disciples. This is the context that the term “binding and loosing” is found. This saying is often taken out of context and can be used incorrectly, particularly in relation to the spiritual elements and moments of faith. This Jewish term, “binding and loosing”, means bidding or forbidding, granting and refusing, declaring lawful or unlawful. Through the keys of the kingdom (having true understanding and sharing of the gospel truths) we play a part in the sharing of God’s salvation to the world. So if we ‘bind’ then we are forbidding or refusing the salvation of God unto others. And if we ‘loose’ then we are bidding and granting the gospels truths to others. We are the ones who hold the keys of the kingdom to the unbelievers. Our duty is to share the good news of the gospel and make Jesus known. This burden falls upon the church.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.