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Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

– Friday –



Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. – Matthew 18:18.


Who are the “ye” in this text? To whom did our Lord Jesus Christ give the Office of the Keys and all the powers connected with it? Whom did Christ command to preach the Gospel, to baptize, to administer the Lord’s Supper, to forgive and to retain sins? There is much dispute on these questions. We will therefore look into the Bible, and so, very simply, get the answer from the Word of God. At one time Jesus said to believing Peter: “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19.) So here the Lord gave to Peter the Office of the Keys. And now the Pope raves and asserts that the Office of the Keys belongs to him, on the further assumption that Peter was the first Pope. But the Lord gave the same office to the disciples—the “ye” in Matthew 18:18. Again, He gave this office to them when He told them: “As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained” (John 20:21, 23). Here many assert that the Office of the Keys was given to the pastors. And though pastors are the ones who are to carry out this office publicly (in the context of the congregation), the Office of the Keys has been given to all Christians (the Holy Christian Church). In the text at the head of our lesson the Lord says to every Christian: “Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall he loosed in heaven.” The Office of the Keys “is the peculiar church-power which Christ has given to His Church on earth,” as our Catechism says in accordance with the Word of God.

PRAYER. – Lord Jesus, from Thy Word I know that Thou hast made me Thy disciple and a member of Thy Church, to whom Thou hast committed the powers and duties comprised in the Office of the Keys. I beg Thee to grant me Thy Holy Spirit that I may faithfully fulfill such obligations, that Thy holy name may be praised on earth to the salvation of many. Amen.

This is the power of holy keys,
It binds and doth again release;
The Church retains them at her side,
Our mother and Christ’s holy bride.

Hymn 426, 9.(ELHB)



Bible Reading

Weekly Reading Theme: Repentance


1 John 1:8-9
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Psalm 51:1-4, 9-12
51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest… 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.


Psalm 32:1-2
32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.


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