Don’t you think it wise that one would learn to use well the authority they are granted?
John 18:12-14 – Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
Binding and loosing is in the authority of the believer in the Name of Jesus. The Matthew 16 passage in our Manna for Today speaks to that directly. There we can read the words of Jesus, and aside from that there is no higher authority to be voiced. Jesus said He would give us the “keys of the kingdom.” Please note, He did NOT say, the “keys TO the kingdom.” You see, if I give you the key TO my house, you can get in, but all that is locked away inside my house is still kept from you. But if I give you the keys OF my house, now you not only have the ability to get INTO my house, but you have access INSIDE my house to ALL that is IN my house.
Let’s look further. In the Greek language of the New Testament, both Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18 read as follows; “Whatever you bind on earth, having been bound in heaven, shall be; and whatever you loose on earth, having been loosed in heaven, shall be.” Read those words closely. The indication is clear. Thing that need to be bound on earth have already been bound in heaven, and things that need to be loosed on earth have already been loosed in heaven. Having some understanding of what might be called a “cowboy” heritage, every time I think on these verses, I am reminded of a rodeo event called “team roping.” Two cowboys ride out on either side of a steer; one ropes the head of the steer, and when that is accomplished, the other cowboy ropes the back legs, stretching the steer between them. But remember, the head must be “bound” first before “binding” the back legs is fully effective in keeping the cowboys and their horses safe from the steer’s horns.
Now think of this; Jesus has first defeated Satan on his own turf, taking all power in heaven and earth to Himself. He has bruised the devil’s head, or one might say, “bound the enemy’s head.” Now it is up to you and me, the church, the Christian, the believer, to bind the enemy from the other end, or one might say, “bruise the other end.” While that phrasing might be a bit comical, the action is not. It is deadly serious. Through Jesus, all that is under the curse of the law has been bound from heaven’s perspective, and when you bind the same in earth, we create a liberty for living that is truly glorious. It’s in your authority. Learn it and do it.
Manna for Today – John 18:12-14; Matthew 16:13-20; Matthew 18:18; Judges 13-16