Monday, August 09, 2010

Binding and Loosing

Binding and Loosing - the correct meaning
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I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. --Matthew 16:19; 18:18

“Binding” and “loosing” were common terms used by the Rabbis in biblical times. When the rabbis “bound” something, they “forbade” it, and when they “loosed” something, they “permitted” it.

The religious leaders were required to “bind” and “loose” activities in the congregation that were not specifically included in the Law of Moses.

Let's look at Forgiveness and Unforgivenss as binding and loosing.

When a person refuses to forgive another, they are binding them to themselves. Not only that heaven is bound and God cannot move on your behalf. If we make a decision to forgive a person who has sinned against us without getting any kind of restitution from him, we “loose” (permit) him to live as if the sin had not happened.

Just before Matthew 18:18 in verses 15 through 17, it's referring to forgiveness and unforgiveness. 15 "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother."

16 "But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established."

17 "And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."

Because of stubbornness and hardness of heart, the man or the one who won't forgive, is no longer welcome in our congregation, we “bind” (forbid) him to continue his life with no consequences.

In the gospel of John, ” Jesus said, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven by God (John 20:23). It is impossible for a leader to run a congregation without making decisions about “binding” and “loosing.”

When a person refuses to forgive another and wants to get even, he is really bound to that other person and God is blocked to turn it around. It takes our right hearts to make it right. When we refuse to not forgive, we are bound to that other person but also heaven is bound - the heavens become like brass. Have you ever had a time you refused to forgive and you felt separated from God? His word is very clear if we do not forgive, he will not forgive us. We are bound to darkness and not walking in the light.

The enemy has rights to torment you according to Matthew 18: 34 "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him."

You see right after binding and loosing in verses 21 through 35 is dealing with unforgiveness. Peter asked Jesus in verse 21 how often he should forgive him. Jesus answered and said in verse 23 "but, Until seventy times seven."

None of us deserved to be forgiven of our sins but only through the blood of Christ was it possible. So, when a person refuses to forgive, that person is going against the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The New Testament clearly teaches that a minister of the Gospel has power over demon spirits. However, at no time in the New Testament does Jesus, Peter, Paul, nor any other minister ever “bind” or “loose” a demon spirit. Remember, in the culture, binding and loosing referred to things, not people, and not demon spirits.

In Luke 11:20 "it is the finger of god who delivers the demonic. We are only the vessel to remove the demonic in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazarath - he have us authority only through our Lord Jesus Christ..

We must realize that the only effective authority we have over demons is the authority that God gives us, which we will know by revelation. When dealing with demons, every minister of the Gospel must be very careful to walk by revelation and guidance from God, and not step over into ministering out of the flesh.

In Conclusion, we do not bind or loose demons or spiritual warfare. It has to do with people. Not only forgive others but we are commanded to forgive ourselves. Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-38 - 36 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

In another way of saying it, if you don't forgive others, yourself or God, you are binding demon spirits to yourself - as said earlier in Matthew 18, the servant was thrown into a dungeon of torment - that means he was bound up with torment. Only when you forgive do you loose the demonic forces assigned to you.

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment."

Do you have unforgiveness towards others, self or God? Isn't it time to find peace and loose yourself from tormenting spirits and separation?

Be careful about making Vows and Oaths to anyone or anything since they are binding as well.

In the New Testament our Lord taught that every commitment, every promise, was to be as binding as a vow.

Oath – Hebrew shbuw`ah (sheb-oo-aw) oath, sworn, curse from the word shaba (shaw-bah ) sware, charge, oath.

Vow - Hebrew neder (neh'-der) vow, votive offering from nadar (naw-dar) vow, make a vow.

Matthew 5:33-37 33 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.' 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

From the above verses we can see that vows lay a trap for us in creating a burden that we, in our weakness and finiteness cannot keep. Vows and Oaths can bind you to an actions in the future, and the future is something over which we have little or no control. Breaking a vow can result in judgment (James) and the destruction of the work of our hands (Ecclesiastes).

James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

Ecclesiastes 5: 1-7 1 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil. 2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. 3 For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool's voice is known by his many words. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed- 5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse[a] and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.

We may make a vow that depends on the actions of another person, and that person may act in such a way to make fulfilling the vow impossible. That is why an oath and vow can be binding to a promise that cannot be kept. It can bring harm especially if the other person cannot keep the vow or oath and can ruin relationships. That is why it should only be made to God only.

The biblical principle is that promises to God must be fulfilled - even at great cost and because we are fallen and finite it is better not to make such promises at all.

In the Old Testament, the Priest was the only one who could break the vow or oath over a person who was not able to fulfill it.

In Numbers 30, it states that immature people (or even adult women without the approval of their husbands) could not make independent vows that God would bind. In fact, the As or father had a right to disallow vows of his wife or children meaning loosing them from the vow or oath, would not our heavenly Father also disallow vows made by us which are contrary to the express wishes of His biblical revelation?

by: Traci Morin

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