Thursday Prayer Meeting message by Wong
“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 NIV
God has given us the authority to open the doors of heaven
If you are given the key, you are given he responsibility & signifies implication of authority.
In olden days, King would appoint trusted servant who would be given a key to the treasury.
Keys used to worn on neck for safekeeping & as a sign of authority.
This is what Jesus meant when He spoke to Peter, to the other apostles & even to us today!
The preaching of the Word of God which is given to every believer – Martin Luther King
Why do we preach the Gospel?
There’s only 2 reasons which should be the motive of every believer
1. We love God
2. We love others
God has already done everything necessary for the whole world to go into heaven.
God has given us the authority to forgive in His name
This is not on our own merit but what God has already done.
Our decision to accepts Christ is made on earth but has a major implication in heaven.a picture of a man who is in sin is tied up by Satan.
When we are saved, our bondage is removed & our sin is forgiven.
It is a great honor that we are God’s messengers to declare His Word. – John Calvin
This is a great privilege & also a great responsibility.
It is humbling & also a great comfort that us mere mortal men can share & impart God’s Word.