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So what gives us that authority? It's because it is something that has already been established in heaven.
Thou shalt bind that which has been bound already in heaven. It is a condition. And thou shall loose on earth things that shall have been loosed in heaven already.
So the church is here to declare that which has already been determined in heaven. We are only proclaimers!
What right do we have to tell anybody that they need to receive Christ and His death for them on the cross to be saved?
We have the authority to tell people that we've got the key. We have got the key that unlocks the door. His name is Jesus!
If you receive Him, I have the authority to tell you that you have been loosed from your sins. If you refuse Him, I have the authority to tell you that if you continue to reject Him throughout your whole life, you'll be bound to your sins and you will die in your sins.
That is pretty authoritative! But I didn't make that up. That is the authority God has given to the church, you and I.
I hope what I along with T Levis has share helps you out in your study on binding and loosing.
Blessings in Christ Jesus!
If I might piggyback off what T Levis has shared, in Matthew Chapter 16 it says, "and I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven:" Here it is singular. But in Chapter 18 it is plural. So it is not just Peter, it is all of them!
Now, "keys" is a Hebrew symbol of authority. A person that had the keys was in charge.
You can go back to some of the earlier documents in the Old Testament and see that the person that had the keys was in charge.
And some of the kings would get a little frustrated because whoever had the keys was in charge, and if you can't find him, of course you make the king mad, and they would have a new key bearer pretty soon!
He says I'll give you the keys. I'll give you the authority. We know that keys unlock things for entrance.
It says, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Let me share with you what it is literally saying from the Greek:
"Whatsoever thou shall bind on earth, shall have been bound in heaven."
Please know that this is very important to understand, and I'll give it to you again. It reads "And whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall (have been) bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall (have been) loosed in heaven."
Here's the importance of those Perfect Tense verbs in the Greek text:
Jesus is not giving them and the church the authority to go around binding and loosing. We see this in Chapter 18, and Matthew tells us that it has do with sin.
In 1 John 3:8, the word "loosed" is used for how Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. It is the word loosed.
When a person gets saved, they are loosed from Satan. So the church has authority to either bind someone to their sins or loose them from their sins.
I'm running out of space, so I will send a part 2
note, Matthew 18:18-20,
the word bind & bound is- "deo" Greek, as per Strongs Exhaustive Concordance = to bind, be bound,
Loosed - "Luo" Greek, also in Strongs Exhaustive Concordance, = to loosen, break, destroy, dissolve,
Luke 13:16, this is a great example. It appears as believers, we have been given authority to make rulings, set free, etc. James 1:5, Mark 13:34, Matthew 28:18,19, John 16:23-28
Hopefully these are helpful
Your giving is AS UNTO THE LORD JESUS.
Tithes are 10% of your net income. This is for the needs of the local church.
If you are faithful to give this, without complaint; God will help you out some way when you have more month than money:
He may help you get a promotion or a better job. He may give you wisdom how to save money for "long months"; curb impulse spending, or money for entertainments etc.
Offerings are exactly what it means. You give OVER the tithe, out of your need. It is given to your church for repairs or needs. It is given to the church missionaries (those sent to other nations). You can bless a church member who has just lost their job; you can believe God for money for new tires or repairs on your car, etc.
Mark the envelope that this is an offering.
This is money given between you and God. He knows exactly how best to repay you. Some people are healed of diseases. I am not saying that offerings can buy healing. The offering is holy unto God. It's about obedience and faith.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 - Cast thy bread upon the waters: [faith in action] for thou shalt find it after many days.
Hopefully this is helpful
Why do the church always dress Jesus's in fancy clothing?
Why does the church always dress Jesus's, Mother Mary and the Angels with gold, silver and diamonds?
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I WILL ascend into heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Comment: When we praise God, Satan is at war with us too. The war in Revelation gives us a glimpse of this war. Jesus, the Lamb of God; defeated Satan. Jesus imparted his authority to believers, to enforce Satan's defeat; in our born again state.
If you don't know of your authority in Christ, you are easily defeated in life. Look upon your very own Armor In Ephesians 6. That is ours! Jesus defeated Satan on the CROSS.
Jesus took back the authority, on the CROSS, that First Adam turned over to Satan when he ate of the fruit with Eve.
Jesus taught his Disciples of that authority. He demonstrated it, daily. When Jesus came upon someone possessed with demons: they cried out for mercy, because they have no Authority.
We can grovel and whine, when harassed by the demonic; or we can fight back In The NAME of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus said: go ye, feed my sheep, carry my lambs, Heal the sick, raise the dead, proclaim the acceptable year.
Selah. Are you in, or out?
"The Bible also never talks about people using the restroom, although we can assume they probably did."
The Bible does mention these matters, therefore, you need no longer assume.
12Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:
13And thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:
14For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
"So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall." 1 Samuel 25:22
"And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house(public outhouse) unto this day." 2 Kings 10:27
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain,( lest any finding him should kill him.)
And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
(And Cain knew his wife;) and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. It seems there were already people other than Cain and Abel, and I take the position Cain already have his wife, they could have been hundreds of years old, we are sure Adam and Eve had daughters, and Possibly Abel, One thing for sure, She's either his sister or his niece, Maybe someone else can provide more insight, I hope that helps.
King James Version
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.