Matthew 16:19 – 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 18:18 – 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.
We are given the keys to the kingdom of heaven, just as Jesus said. The kingdom of heaven is the spiritual kingdom in which Christ reigns – it deals with our relationship with Christ and our spiritual lives, as we have received an inheritance with Christ. What we bind on earth or within ourselves (knowingly or unknowingly, aware or unaware) it is bound spiritually. The same that we loose on earth (physically, in our minds, emotionally, etc) it is loosed in the kingdom of heaven – the spiritual realm. So when we loose something it is loosed spiritually the same when we bind something it is bound spiritually.
God needs us to bind that which we do not need, the unrighteousness around us and in us, and to unbind his hands to work in us to lead us to perfection (completion and maturity in Christ).
This post came about when it was revealed to me what He meant when He talks about “heavenly places.” I always imagined He was speaking about Heaven, as in way up there in God’s kingdom, and did not make the connection that He was speaking about the kingdom down here, around us in His realm. See Matthew 11:12 for example, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” It took me a while to understand this verse and even after understanding it it was yet a while longer before I understood other verses pertaining to the same kingdom.
I still long to understand the mysteries of the heavenly places and this revelation (thank you, Lord. Sorry I’m so dim sometimes) has cleared up a lot of other questions as well as made His Word much more meaningful when speaking about the kingdom of heaven and being with Him there now (spiritually speaking), while we still have our earthly flesh.