MORE THAN BINDING AND LOOSING
Jesus is teaching us about the principles of binding and loosing. He doesn't just want us to gain insight into the principle, He also wants us to become masters in handling the principle.
Reference: Matthew 18:18 New International Version (NIV) "Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Jesus is telling us, "whatever you bind is bound; whatever you lose is loosed." We've been granted an unconditional authority with unconditional response from heaven. In other word, we have the power, and the Kingdom of heaven responds to the power given to us. Watch this: Jesus knew that the authority bequeathed to us is wired in such a way that heaven must respond accordingly. It's like intercom system, where we can reach the right people using the product to forge relationships. So what Jesus is talking about here is more than just binding and loosing. It's a training and preparation for eternity.
By that, I mean that Jesus wants to teach us how to always keep in touch with heaven in time realm. So this is a means of staying in touch with our home through binding and losing, declaring and establishing His Word. Just like the intercom system, which has a two-way communication device that transmits and receives audio or video transmission, same is our communication with heaven. When a family member is outdoors and they ring and speak into the microphone, they are heard by their loved ones at home or indoors who can respond to them through the talkback or door phone. This is what Jesus has in mind for us by sharing this thought. Heaven always responds to our demands.
The amplified version says, "I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth shall have [already] been loosed in heaven." So its all about your verbal expressions and demands. You can forbid, declare improper or unlawful, permit or establish. However you do it, people at home (heavenly hosts) will respond accordingly. So Jesus has given us the privilege of transacting between both worlds: Heaven and earth. That's how much He loves us. He didn't limit our control, mastery and dominion. He didn't say, "whatever you bind in Egypt or America only"; He allocated the whole earth or creation under our jurisdiction.
Watch this: Jesus didn't limit what we can allow or disallow. We can establish or forbid anything. Beloved, our authority is unconditional. The challenge is that all of us as Christians, put together have never really used a fraction of this authority in the earth realm. Many of us are still getting familiar with applying Mark 16:18-19, which reads, "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." But these are words of the Master and He means them.
Finally Psalm 119:89-91 says, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in the heavens. Thy truth is from generation to generation; thou hast established the earth, and it perseveres. They persevere unto this day by thy ordinance; for they are thy slaves(KJV). Did you get that? The Psalmist is saying the same words in agreement with the very words of Jesus in our referenced Scripture. The Psalmist is giving you the location where the Word of God is settled (in heaven). In the next verse, he is telling you that the Word established the earth and it remains. So the Psalmist mentioned two worlds. Then the third verse is talking about what the two worlds are: the heaven and the earth made for God and they are for us because of our authority; they are our servants . Then Jesus showed us how to utilise both worlds in our favour - binding and loosing (establishing and abolishing) according to divine ordinances (the Word) and by His supreme authority.
So when we speak the Word from the earth realm, heaven picks up the sound code signals because that is where the Word is settled. Therefore keep making bold exuberant declarations of faith and it will be established by the heavens in agreement with God's will.
Scripture reading - Job 22:28; Matthew 16:19; John 15:7; Matthew 7:7-8; 1 John 5:14.
Guided Prayer: Thank you Lord, for teaching me how to keep in touch with my heavenly home. In your precious Word, I find daily, the courage and the wisdom I require to make contact with divine abroad from my earthly surroundings. My words are absolute and domineering, and I use them in enforcing and establishing the needful and abolishing the unwanted in line with your will. Therefore, I clearly acknowledge that my authority in Christ is not limited by any limiting conditions, rather it has an apparent capacity for entrenching the truths of the Word in my world at will. Thus I walk in absolute mastery, victory and dominion in Jesus' Name, Amen!