Most of us who follow Jesus Christ don’t realize how much power the Lord has imparted to us, His people. The word imparted means transferred, taught, or revealed.
When we read the Bible, we need to think deeply about each and every passage that we read. We should ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, teach us, and to give us revelations into the Scriptures.
Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ . . . (2 Cor 2:10 ESV)
We have authority to forgive others on behalf of the kingdom of God! Think about the significance of this, and don’t take it lightly.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld. (Joh 20:23 ESV)
Jesus has given us the example, along with our Heavenly Father, of forgiving mankind of all sin through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus. It is our responsibility to follow His good example and His teachings. Let’s advance the kingdom of God by being just like Him by extending merciful, and generous forgiveness to others.
And I tell you this—whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatever you free on earth will be freed in heaven. (Mt 18:18 TL B)
We have power to bind on earth:
- to truss up or tie up;
- to hinder or inhibit people, demons, or calamitous events; and
- to deter or prevent situations—as God directs.
We have authority to set free on earth:
- to liberate (unshackle) people from bondage;
- to emancipate human beings from every shame;
- to release all those imprisoned by sickness, fear, pain, and the consequences of sin; and
- to unshackle hurting ones from unhealthy situations and relationships.
The Lord Jesus has said clearly that He has given His followers power and authority. This is an important truth upon which to meditate, and ask God to give us insight and wisdom into it.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Lk 10:19)
Later, in the book of Luke, Jesus talks again about our being given power from heaven.
I am sending to you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (Lk 24:49 ISV) Recognize who you are and what you have been given. Believers are children of the Kingdom, and we have been given the message of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. It’s our job to bind or to set free the right things for the right reasons. It’s time for us to listen to and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit. Praise God!