Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

Let’s look a little closer at this topic of “Binding and Loosing.”  As we make the transition that is experienced in moving from Praise to Worship corporately it enables the minister to stand like an “old man” (Zaw-kan), in a cathedral, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Power, and Authority. 

It is important to note that a Cathedral is different from a Regular Church or Temple.  Let me address that in this way:  When Jesus taught the Beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount which was the constitution and by-laws of the Kingdom, He Sat Down!  That is important but seldom noted by readers of the Bible.  The Bible tells us that as He prepared to teach, He Sat Down to teach.  He sat on a Rock on a Mountain because He knew that He was going to be the culmination of the Plan of Redemption on another mountain about 3 years later.

The point is, He Sat Down!  Anytime a Rabbi spoke officially, he sat down.  Any time the Pope speaks officially, he speaks ‘ex-cathedra.’  Cathedra is a bench or seat, the place of authority.  Religion has corrupted this because God alone gives the authority and it is backed up by Life and Power.

A Cathedral has a bench that only the bishop can sit on. It is the place that he speaks officially for the Kingdom of God.  If he is a (Zaw-kan) man, he speaks, and the angels of God back up His words and Life flows forth in the Power of the Holy Spirit.  We seldom see this in today’s church and have corrupted it with form, ceremony, and pomp rather than power and purpose.

That is why anytime an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan) stands behind the pulpit, the church (temple) becomes a cathedral.  The glory of God falls, heaven comes down to earth and the Power of the Holy Spirit is released.  We need more of this today. 

However, if the one who stands in the pulpit has not wrestled in the Spirit. If he has not had the angels ascend and descend upon him. If he does not come with the vision of God burning in His spirit, he does not have the authority nor will he be backed by the power of God.  He might be a ‘young man’ (visions) but he is not an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan).  The anointing may be there, in a measure, but will not be there in the fullness as when the (Zaw-kan) stands.  When he stands and speaks as an ‘old man’, as a presbyter, as an oracle of God, God’s Power is released.

When you have an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan) in the church, the revelation (Rhema) of God flows freely and fully and the church can become all that God has designed and desired it to be. 

Young men can be trained and developed and should be.  Ministries can be raised up and released.  The apostolic anointing flows forth.  Restoration and Renewal are present and apparent.  It is God who sets the ‘old men’ in place, not man.  As the Body recognizes and comes under the apostolic authority of the ‘old man’ or ‘old men’ (nothing to do with age), God’s order becomes established, the devil has no legal ground to operate and the Gifts and Power of God are released for God’s Glory, not for show.

That is a lot of foundation to get to where I feel the Lord would have us go, but in my heart, I feel it was needful.  Next time we will consider “Binding and Loosing” in a more detailed manner.  Hopefully, this will be inspirational and beneficial in your walk, work, and warfare in the Kingdom.

Until tomorrow, have a fantastic day in Jesus!

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