A Glorious Responsibility
By W. F. A. Gierke
Jesus said: "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt. 16:19).
The "key" referred to in this text is a scriptural symbol of delegated power and authority by the Lord to His church to enable her to carry out the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-20. Just as the peace officers of our national, state or city governments are authorized and empowered to arrest any violator of its laws and also to protect its citizens against intended violence, so God's army of Spirit-filled saints constitute the duly authorized peace officers of the spiritual realm, empowered to exercise the authority to bind and loose both sinners as well as saints from all forms of satanic bondage and slavery.