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PRAYER

February 24, 2016

Wednesday

 

Prayer of Binding and Loosing

 

Matthew 18:18

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

This verse is identical to 16:19. There Jesus was talking specifically about the messianic kingdom. Here He was speaking more generally about how His disciples should conduct themselves in humility. The “whatever” again seems to include people and privileges, in view of how the Old Testament describes the stewards’ use of keys. The disciples would determine God’s will in each particular instance of rendering judgment in the church. Hopefully they would consult the Scriptures and pray to do this. Then they would announce their decision. With their announcement they would give or withhold whatever the judgment might involve, but they would really be announcing what God, the divine authority, had already decided. Their decision would be God’s will for the person being disciplined, assuming they had obtained the will of God before announcing it.

Many Christians go thru life lacking and limping only because they have never understood the authority that they have thru Christ.

 

 

Memory Luke 18:43

 

 

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