Christians: What do you think this scripture means?
Truly I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven
Matthew 16:19 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
- 4 years agoFavorite Answer
Jesus told Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens.” (Matt. 16:19) What did Jesus mean? His reference to “keys” indicated that Peter would open up knowledge and opportunities for distinct groups to enter the Messianic Kingdom. On what occasions did Peter use these keys?
● Peter used the first key at Pentecost 33 C.E. when he urged Jews and Jewish proselytes to repent and be baptized. Some 3,000 did so and became prospective heirs of the Kingdom.—Acts 2:1-41.
● The second key was used not long after the martyrdom of Stephen. In this instance, Peter and John laid their hands upon recently baptized Samaritans, after which these new converts received holy spirit.—Acts 8:14-17.
● Peter used the third key in 36 C.E. In that year, he extended the hope of the heavenly inheritance to uncircumcised Gentiles. This occurred when the apostle gave a witness to Cornelius, the first uncircumcised Gentile to become a Christian disciple.—Acts 10:1-48.
The object of the promise was, not Peter’s dictating to heaven what should or should not be bound or be loosed, but Peter’s being used as heaven’s instrument for the three specific assignments. That is the case because Jesus remained as true Head of the congregation.—Compare 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 4:15, 16; 5:23; Colossians 2:8-10; Hebrews 8:6-13.
Later, what Jesus had told Peter was repeated to other disciples. “I tell you solemnly,” said Jesus, “whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18, JB) What authority did Christ here delegate to the disciples? The context shows that he was talking about settling problems between individual believers and keeping the congregation clean of unrepentant evildoers.—Matthew 18:15-17.
In matters involving serious violations of God’s law, responsible men in the congregation would have to judge matters and decide whether a wrongdoer should be “bound” (viewed as guilty) or “loosed” (acquitted). Did this mean that heaven would follow the decisions of humans? No. As Bible scholar Robert Young indicates, any decision made by the disciples would follow heaven’s decision, not precede it. He says that verse 18 should literally read: What you bind on earth “shall be that which has been bound (already)” in heaven.
Really, it is unreasonable to think that any imperfect human could make decisions that would be binding upon those in the heavenly courts. It is much more reasonable to say that Christ’s appointed representatives would follow his directions so as to keep his congregation clean. They would do this by making a decision based on principles already laid down in heaven. Jesus himself would guide them in doing this.—Matthew 18:20.
- 4 years ago
It means that religious leaders can CLAIM that any changes they CLAIM to have been inspired or revealed to them by GOD, are not just stuff they MADE UP in an attempt to give themselves a bit more power, a bit more money, or more sex partners.
And they need not provide evidence that their claims are true.Source(s): Catholics, Mormons, Baptists, Muslims... whatever.
- Bobby JimLv 74 years ago
It means that Peter is to be given the keys to lead people to Christ. He shall know how to discern people and then evangelize them. To take it a step further, the keys to heaven are NOT the keys to the church, as some have believed. Jesus said "I will build MY church, Jesus is the Rock of our salvation. Peter is just a little stone in the foundation.
- BJLv 74 years ago
overseers need to adhere closely to instructions in God’s Word.
Thus, when they find an individual guilty and worthy of punishment, the judgment will already have been bound in heaven.
And when they loose on earth, that is, find one innocent, it will already have been loosed in heaven.
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- Lost ProphecyLv 74 years ago
It means exactly what it's saying remember Jesus said to St. Peter and the Apostles you will be given thrones this was Him given them His authority here on earth in relation He would be leaving them when He ascended into the Kingdom of Heaven and the day St. Peter and the Apostles assumed this authority was on Pentecost in which they had been given their thrones.
The Gospel of Matthew 16:19 Jesus singles out St. Peter amongst the other Apostles and to only him Jesus gives the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven in relation to binding and letting loose latter on Jesus again gives this authority to all the Apostles but note none other than St. Peter was given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and there is a reason behind this because St. Peter was appointed by Jesus to be the leader of the Apostles in His stead until His return (second coming). As we know St. Peter and the Apostles are human and would eventually die but their offices would continue in which they would choose other men to succeed them not only with the offices of the Apostles but also the office of St. Peter being the leader of the Apostles.
This authority of Jesus extends to Christian doctrine in regards to faith and moral teachings what is bound here on earth is bound in the Kingdom of Heaven and what is let loose here on earth is let loosed in the the Kingdom of Heaven. The Church has always been ran as a democracy in which each Bishop (Priest) being a successor of the office of the Apostles has a vote in matters of Christian doctrine as Jesus stated when two or three of you gather together I am amongst you so they would pray on the matter and make their vote. As for the successor of St. Peter (Pope) because he alone holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven would have to be present in such matters in order for them to be binding or let loosed. So how do such matters get resolved by a 2/3rds majority vote in which case the decision comes from divine revelation from God (Holy Spirit).
Council of Jerusalem
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and presbyters about this question. They were sent on their journey by the church, and passed through Phoenicia and Samaria telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church, as well as by the apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.”
The apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter. After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they.” The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them.
- G CLv 74 years ago
Follow the rules of God on earth because they are the same ones you must follow in Heaven.
- LindaLv 74 years ago
These words were addressed to the disciples. They were given special powers that you and I do not have.