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Angelo

What did Jesus mean when He said "whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven"

I have been considering a couple of passages that I find interesting and was wondering what others thought about them - see the two comments below for the verses I am talking about:
Angelo:

Matthew 16:15-21 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.[endif]


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Angelo:

Matthew 18:15-20 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

Angelo:

I love the stuff Microsoft throws in for free:

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Knight:

lol! xD

Angelo:

lol the part that should have been bold - only half showed up bold - never had that happen before! Then all the jargon that followed....

Valentin Alsina News:

I believe it is dealing with REVELATION. There is a power that comes with Heavenly revelation----there is an Authority that comes with it as well. There is a Faith that comes with heavenly revelation. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is quite powerful----all authorty in heaven and on the earth is subject to Jesus Christ. If you have this revelation of Jesus Christ-----anything is possible to you. And the Authority of Christ is with you---in your heart and in your mouth.

Angelo:

I agree. What I am now wondering, since anything is possible, is that if I were to "bind" an atheist while on Earth, would I have the authority to "bind" him in Heaven? In other words - take him with me.

Angelo:

I guess it would actually be "loosed" not bind.

Valentin Alsina News:

hmmm---interesting----although atheism has to deal with a choice----and you cannot go against someone's free will---there is the situation where atheism also has much to do with the spirits of doubt and unbelief-----now you can do much to alter that-----You can take authority over the doubt and unbelief-----so in a sense---YES---there is alot you could do there

Headache:

I believe it has to do with the level of ones reward in heaven is equal to the kindness, compassion one displays towards others, as well as the devotion one gives to the lord.

Angelo:

A good answer. Many do not understand that there are different levels of reward.

Albert Page:

Ya know....I thought it always meant that if you are responsible and always keep your shoe-strings tied - then you won't have to worry about tripping in front of God when you get to Heaven.

MamaV:

very good Chad. :)

Angelo:

Do you believe that we are accounted as righteous through the blood of Jesus, or based on our own works?

?mom?:

that reminds me of the saying you cant take it with you.... but you know I think if you share Jesus with others you can take them to heaven with you....

Angelo:

I agree completely - I answered a question the other day about what you would take to heaven with you - I answered my friends - I don't know if everyone understood what I meant.

Knight:

Interesting scripture.. I think and correct me if I am wrong.. is that the keys of heaven is the laws of righteousness which will bind us to reach our spirituality in righteousness and separate us from the evils of this world.. whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.. means anything you do that is righteous or anything in general is being recorded by the angels and the heavenly father is sealed in heaven.. and what ever we fall short on earth we will fall short in heaven..

Angelo:

Your answer took the most thought for me - I still haven't digested it completely. When I first read it I almost commented asking you to explain it more thoroughly - ummm - yup it is time for me to ask that of you - if you happen to come back to this question.

Tangent Bill:

Good question, I don't know, but you might be able to find a commentary that answers that question.

Angelo:

Wow I stumped you?! Didn't ever expect to see that happen. Once you study the commentaries and form your opinion PLEASE let me know what you come up with - I am very interested in these passages.

Lyndon:

You will be rewarded in Heaven for the service to God you provide on earth

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