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. (Matt. 16:19)
We too often argue over these verses fromPeter’s great confession rather than see what Jesus really meant for the Church. We get carried away with wild ideas about “authority” and “keys” or we sit and argue and do nothing.
This morning I can only mourn for my own life and condition. It isn’t about anyone else not using Kingdom authority, or abusing Kingdom authority.
“Not my brother, not my sister,
But it’s ME, O Lord,
Standing in the need of prayer.”
It’s not just this verse, but the evidence of all that is communicated to us in the New Testament, we have been given this incredible gift: All is ours.
Authority to ASK the Father for wisdom. Authority to walk in the power of the Spirit, the gifts flowing, so that needs around me may be met. Authority to open doors in prayer that have remained shut, and authority to shut doors that have needed closing but the enemy has intimidated the Church into keeping them open.
All is ours. Paul walked with that reality. Peter walked with that reality. So many through the centuries.
All is ours.
I stand in the need of prayer. Authority is given. The command is to keep in step with the Spirit. When that is happening, authority is there.