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What does this mean to you? What does it mean to others?
Mt. 16:19 "And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven."
I like John Gill's explanation:
The sense of the words is this, that Peter, and so the rest of the apostles, should be empowered with authority from him [Christ], and so directed by his Holy Spirit, that whatever they bound, that is, declared to be forbidden, and unlawful, should be so: and that whatever they loosed, that is, declared to be lawful, and free of use, should be so; and accordingly they bound some things which before were loosed, and loosed some things which before were bound; for instance, they bound, that is, prohibited, or declared unlawful, the use of circumcision . . . They bound, or forbid . . . the keeping holy days, new moons, and sabbaths, which had been used in the Jewish church for ages past . . .They loosed, or declared lawful and free, both civil and religious conversation between Jews and Gentiles; whereas, before, the Jews had no dealings with the Gentiles, nor would not enter into their houses . . . They also loosed, or pronounced lawful, the eating of any sort of food, without distinction, even that which was before counted common and unclean . . . And these things now being by them bound or loosed, pronounced unlawful or lawful, are confirmed as such by the authority of God, and are so to be considered by us. biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/matthew-16-19.html