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Updated on January 6, 2010

Bind-To fasten or tie together;

Bound-Held fast; under physical restraint or moral obligation.

Bound-Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:18

Bind(s)- Matthew 16:19

Loose-to set free; to forgive

Matthew 16:19-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.

Matthew 16:19-Reference-Matthew 18:18-John 20:23

Binding on earth-Bound in heaven

Loose on earth-Loosed in heaven

I have pondered and prayed over scripture like Matthew 16:19;Matthew 18:18; and John 20:23;

This morning I did some studying on these verses. My Bible has references and the one's I found were the one's I wrote above. John 20:23 is reference for Matthew 16:19; It speaks of forgiveness.

But the scripture in the two Matthew verses speak of the keys to the kindom and about binding and being bound and loosed. May some of us have the meaning right; Some may have it wrong, it's been laying on my heart for months, so my bible (the word of God) gave me a few things it could mean. In someway all of these verses go together.They speak of forgiveness, binding, bound, and loose or loosed. This is what I found. But first if you have any knowledge or understanding of these verses, I would love to hear from you.

Could binding and loosing refer to the decisions of the church in conflict?

Among believers, there is no courts of appeals beyond the church. The church's decisions should be God-guided and based on discernment's of His Word. Believers have the responsibility to bring their problems to the church, the church's responsibility to use God's guidance in seeking to resolve conflicts. Handling problems God's ways will have an impact now and for eternity. (notes from niv study bible)

Questions-What is it that we can bind on earth?

What do we loose on earth?

What will be loosed in heaven?

Look up the word loose- it means to set free: To forgive. This is what it says to do in John 20:23. So what do all these verses have in common?

Forgiveness Maybe?

Do we bind forgiveness so it can be bound in heaven?

Does it really mean about conflict in the church? I need some explanation on this ..

Written By:Betty Bolden

Jesus Is My Joy Ministries




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      sherrylou57 7 years ago from Riverside

      You keep on reading and praying and the closer you get to Jesus, he reveals things to you, listen to others and ask for discernmen. He will bring others your way to help you to understand.

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      Betty Bolden 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      sure it can

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      sirelda gallaway 7 years ago

      can forgiveness be bound by unforgiveness (maybe ) ??

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear JesusmyJoy: I am learning too, but don't let your heart be troubled because it is in God's loving hands. God Bless you.

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      Betty Bolden 8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Thank you Denizee

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      Denizee 8 years ago

      Good question. One I wish I had insight to answer here. There is much to be bound on earth, and much to loose as well. I always thought loose meant loss, not set free or forgive - it's a bit too deep for me to add any more input, but I'll follow this hub to see what others say. Thank you for posting.