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WHAT EVER YOU BIND ON EARTH ......

Updated on July 16, 2008

.......Will Be Bound In Heaven.

I remember as a boy my mother would drag us to Church on Sunday morning, whenever she didn't work, and I would sit there, after the music and the choir sang of course. I always liked the choir. There was something that confused me though, I never mentioned it to anyone. I would hear people in the Church say things like, " I bind you satan, in the name of Jesus." That sounded very odd to me. But we didn't go to Church often, my father was sick, in and out of the hospital, and my mom worked many times seven days as an elevator operator downtown in Goldblatts Department store, so our going to Church on Sunday mornings were far and few in between.

When I accepted Jesus Christ in my life many years later I was still hearing this same ' I bind you satan .... ' phrase. I decided to check it, in depth, myself. This is what I found:

According to "VINES" Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words the word 'Bind' comes from the word 'Asar'. This word is a common 'Semitic' term, found in both ancient Akkadian and Ugaritic, as well as throughout the history of the Hebrew language. The common word for 'tying up' for security and safety, Asar is often used to indicate the tying up of donkeys ( 2 Kings 7:10). Used in an abstract sense, Asar refers to those who are spiritually 'bound' (Psalm 146:7; Isaiah 49:9; 61:1), or a man who is emotionally captivated by a woman's hair (Song of Solomon 7:5). Strangely, the figurative use of the term in the sense of obligation or 'binding' to a vow or an oath is found 'only' in Numbers 30, but is used there a number of times.

Binding and loosing - describe the concept that the Church has the authority and means to announce that sin was condemned or forgiven. The Keys to the Kingdom given to Peter was a symbol in locking or unlocking sins and illustrate his authority in binding or loosing (Matthew 16:19). Later (Matthew 18:18) the same authority was given to the Apostles and the Church as a whole. It is not an exclusive gift to any one person or local Church.

Whatever the Church declared to be wrong or right would have been anticipated and ratified in heaven by divine sanction. This means that whatsoever shall have been forgiven on earth shall have been forgiven in heaven. Heaven sets the standard, earth follows heavens' lead.

In John 20:23, Jesus said, " whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." This means that the Church is to proclaim the way of salvation and those who accept Him are forgiven, but those who reject Him are condemned.

Binding and loosing is determined by the hearers response.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 8 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Hello godfactauthor, better later than never :). Thank you for your gracious comment, and your contribution to this hub.

      God Bless You

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      Brendan Roberts 8 years ago from Auckland

      Hi Wehzo, yes it is good to fellowship with a fellow Christian/Author. Sorry for taking over a year to reply. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones and enemies too! Thanks for being a witness for our awesome Saviour.

      God bless

      Brendan

      www.godfact.com

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Commentonthis.

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      commentonthis7 9 years ago

      Good Read God Bless

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you godfactauthor for your gracious comments. It is good to fellowship, albeit through the internet, with a fellow Christian/Author who also happen to have a passion toward Apologetics. May God continue to bless you and your family, as well as your efforts in writing and defending the gospel.

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      Brendan Roberts 9 years ago from Auckland

      Hey Wehzo

      That's great that we have writing in common and Apologetics. I have written three books, "Set Free!" then "Born to be Free" and my latest "God:Fact or Fiction?: Exploring the Relationship Between Science, Religion and the Origin of Life" My next book is going to be called "Crusades Rediscovered: In the light of Human Sexuality and Our Creator." I plan to finish it within the next two or three months, God willing. Thanks for the nice words. God bless, Brendan Roberts.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Welcome to hubpages godfactauthor. Thank you for visiting my hub. I too, am into Apologetics. I will visit your website. I am an author also. My book is titled: AWAKEN O'SLEEPER. I have just finished my second book : THE MAN, THE MISSION AND, THE MESSIAH. May the Lord continue to bless your efforts, and writing.

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      Brendan Roberts 9 years ago from Auckland

      HI, I joined Hubpages today. I came across your page and thought that was a good description of Binding and Loosing. When I was researching the subject a few years ago the best description I was given was that it is a Sacred Power given through Apostolic Succession - that is handed down from the Apostles. I have written a pamphlet on it and can be seen on my website http://kiwig.com/Catholic%20Tracts.htm

      I write Catholic Apologetics, with my last book God:Fact or Fiction?: Exploring the Relationship between Science, Religion and the Origin of Life. I'm just completing a manuscript on the Crusades, Human Sexuality and Our Creator with the main title Does God Really Care?

      I gave your post the thumbs up! I look forward to your reply.

       God bless

      Brendan Roberts

      www.godfact.com

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you SirDent for your gracious comment.

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      SirDent 9 years ago

      Very well written article about binding the enemy. It seems this day and age many are afraid to bind him up, or don't want to bind him.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you Peter for your comment, and I agree with you, many local assemblies have not done a good job when it comes to shepherding Gods' people.

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Great insight, Wehzo. I don't really think the church as a whole has done a good job of exploring, understanding, teaching and unlocking all of the potential given through this concept of binding and loosing. Thanks you for developing this topic.

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      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you In The Doghouse. I'm always open for different perspectives that speak to the same truth. The four gospels are pretty much like that.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Wehzo

      I am sorry for the problem with the link, it was extremely late last night, I guess. lol I hope, that again, you will take this in the spirit it is given, just simply another source to contemplate. I truly do find your articles inspirational and love to ponder on your messages.

      One of your fans,

      In The Doghouse

      http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=23...

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you yarnstales, and you are absolutely right, Earth follows heaven. And again, you are right when you say the correct translation is "whatsoever you bind on earth must already be bound in heaven". We are in agreement.

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      yarntales 9 years ago from NY

      Interesting hub. I've researched myself and the correct translation of 'whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" is.... whatsoever you bind on earth must already be bound in heaven. Earth follows heaven, heaven does not follow earth.

      I hear this quoted all the time in churches. I do not mean to detract from your great hub at all.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you In The Doghouse for your comments, and for visiting. I Clicked on the link you left and I got some kind of error. I will try again a little later.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Wehzo

      I hope you don't mind the liberty I have taken in offering this suggested reading on this topic. I feel that I could not have explained it better myself. Your insights are very awesome and I just thought you might be interested in another train of thought.

      http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=23...

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Thank you MrMarmalade for your comments, and you too, have a happy New Year. I thank you also Christinekv for your gracious comments. You have a happy New Year also. Let's party!

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      christinekv 9 years ago

      Thanks Whezo for bringing up a topic that I'm sure others have questioned as well....I think you did a great job w/ your explanation.

      Mr Marmalade, I find your question to be one I could address... wish I had a little more insight into where your are coming from as it sounds like your experience includes a Catholic background...however, I don't feel it would be appropriate for me to do so here only because your comment was in reply to Whezo's writing...

      I too wish you Mr. Marmalade, Whezo, and everyone else a fabulous 2008 - let's party!

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Does this mythical church give forgiveness because you expected to offer 7 hail Marys?

      Thank you all for an incredible couple of months. I have enjoyed the hubs immensely and learnt a vast amount.Please enjoy to night and have a better 2008 than ever.