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What would Peter bind and loose? Peter being an Apostle of the Lord, was endowed with the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. This Priesthood authority is not just Earthly, but it is Eternal. Acting by the direction of the Holy Spirit, blessings, ordinances, and other actions done in Earth were by the power of the Priesthood authoritative in "Heavens" as well. ...


Short answer: Jesus was referring to the authority Peter would have as an elder in making judgments regarding church discipline; he would be an emissary of the divine court, delivering verdicts that had already been determined in heaven. Matthew 16:19 is an excellent example of why it is crucial to read the text in the original language prior to drawing ...

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