The Keys of the KingdomBro. David Chancellor
7/8/2007 6:00 PM
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Some believe this means the church has the authority to decide what is right and what is wrong. We have the word of God to show us what he accepts as right and wrong. The authority to decide right and wrong rests with the Word and the Spirit. Whatever we demand of others will be demanded of us. We need to be careful what we allow or disallow.
Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
This ties the binding and loosing to dealing with others. If someone hurts you, go talk to that person alone… before you (instead of) talk to everyone else. When you talk to the other person, go and say, "I have a problem." Go with the attitude of trying to win your brother. Through the whole time the attitude should be gaining your brother. How do you treat the heathen and the publican? You should try to treat them right. Pray for their problem. The normal state of love and respect should be restored as quickly as possible. This doesn’t make a decision about someone’s salvation. What you expect from others, God will expect from you. We are responsible for our own salvation and for how we deal with others in the church.
And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded. If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
It matters what we say we are/aren’t going to do. Don’t be quick to make a vow, but keep them when you do make them. Be committed to live as God would have you to live. There is an impact to our words. It’s easy to judge others, but we need to be careful. We establish our understanding by what we say. Think about things before you say them.
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us. And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
Peter didn’t want to ask from the Gentiles more than God would ask of them. We don’t want to put on others what we can’t handle. Many are doing this to people today. As you bind things on others, try it yourself a while first. Peter was more concerned that they not make things harder for people. Live by what God shows you.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him: and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Their fast was more for show than anything else. God didn’t find it acceptable. He wants people to be loosed and made free from sin and wickedness. This is what God wants his people to help others with. We don’t do this by increasing their burdens, but by helping to lift it. We want others to make it through. People can only take so much at a time. God leads us step by step. He works to increase our understanding.
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
This woman was bound by an infirmity and needed to be set free. Jesus healed the woman. He loosed people from what bound and oppressed them. Men wanted to add rules to that. This ruler would have bound the people. We need to be aware of the needs of those around us and have compassion. What would you bind or loose? We want to stand against the wrong – to bind the spirits that would oppress people and set the people free. Many things have been bound on people that aren’t in the word of God, and they don’t make the people holier. If I had the choice, what would I bind and what would I loose? We want people to be loosed to follow Christ and restrained from sin and wickedness. Not all traditions are bad, but we don’t want to be bound by them. We want to be bound to the word of Christ, to seek out the word of God and do it. As we interact with others, we want people to be set free to follow Christ. Let the Spirit work in your heart and life. Let others see God in you.