“Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,” these are the words Jesus to Peter and his apostles. Jesus also went on to say, “and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What does it mean to bind or loose? Does it mean the apostles had the authority to create their own rules and regulations? What sort of authority was Jesus giving his followers and why?
In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss both Matthew 16:13-19 and Matthew 18:15-20. Both of these passages contain the promise, “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” It is also helpful to know that this phrase can be translated, “Whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” In most Bible translations there is a footnote that indicates this alternative rendering.
This Bible study was prompted by one of our listeners, who wrote in:
Message: Hello, love your podcasts and blogs! They have helped me see some things and understand things that growing up in the church, I always had questions about, but never heard good explanations of the text (ie new heavens, new earth).
My question is, what does it mean “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven? I appreciate if you can clarify what Jesus is talking about.
God bless you both in the work you do in your service to our King.– Scott
Wes and Travis not only discuss what it means for something to be bound on earth, but also what relevance this promise has for our lives today. We hope you find this Bible study encouraging and helpful.