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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

It's Already Done

“18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 King James Version).

What we bind on earth has already been bound in heaven. What we loose on earth has already been loosed in heaven. In the Greek language, the word bind means to fasten together, tie together, especially in reference to doors that have been chained with a padlock. So, the word also means to prohibit, not allow, forbid, prevent, to make impossible. The word loose means the opposite. When we loose something we untie it. In terms of people it means to set them free, let them go. Therefore, people bound in sin are loosed by hearing the gospel preached, and they begin a saving relationship with Jesus the Christ.

Now, in Matthew 18 Jesus is specifically talking about a person who was a member of the church, and they sinned against another member. He is teaching how reconciliation should occur. If the person offended talks with the offender and the offender listens, Jesus says we have gained a brother in verse 15. Yet, if they will not listen, then the person comes back with two or three people to hear both sides. If the offender still will not listen with the witnesses there, then that person is to be treated as a heathen and publican, which is a person who does not know GOD and has no fellowship with the believers.

This brings us to verse 18 where Jesus says if they forbid that person from coming back into the fellowship, then heaven approves. It is something that has already been decided in heaven. Jesus has laid out the procedure. If it comes from Jesus, we know it comes from heaven. “49 I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49 New Living Translation).

Now why did I say that what we bind has already been bound, and what we loose has already been loosed in heaven? Just like we have a past, present, and future tense in American English, the Greek language has tenses as well. The tense of the phrase “shall be bound” is called the perfect tense. This indicates an action that was completed in the past but has continuing results.

In Matthew 16, Jesus makes a statement identical to what He said in Matthew 18. “19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 KJV). Jesus is telling Peter that He is building His church on the same rock of faith and revelation that told Peter He was the Christ, the Son of the Living GOD. He went on to say that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. Hell cannot stand up to the people of GOD when we operate in faith and revelation. When GOD reveals things to the church, and we speak what we have heard, those things will come to pass.

So, Jesus tells us that what we bind or loose has already been bound or loosed in heaven. That means we only need to listen and do what we hear Him say because heaven is not only backing us up, it has already happened there! Therefore, we read scriptures like, “7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:7-8 NLT). And we realize that we will be successful in binding and loosing, or forbidding and setting free just like the disciples were. The world is waiting on us to open our mouths and pray so that change may occur!

May we get alone with GOD today and hear our instructions. May we listen for what to bind and loose. May we listen for what or who to set free, who to heal, who to deliver, and what to cast out. In the name of Jesus, it is already done. Go in confidence and peace that your prayer will come to pass as you speak what GOD tells you. Amen.

“23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” (1 Corinthians 16:23 NLT).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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