Crumbs
August 15, 2020
286. Week of Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Office of the Keys
          Truly, I say to you, Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.   Mathew 18:18
          Who are the "you" in this text? To whom did our Lord Jesus Christ give the Office of the Keys and all the powers connected with it - to whom? Whom did Christ command to preach the Gospel, to baptise, to administer the Lord's Supper, to forgive and to retain sins? There is much dispute on this question. 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 to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 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 assembled disciples, both men and women, saying: "As my Father has sent Me, even so I send you. Whosesoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins you retain, they are retained." (John 20:21,23) Here many assert that the Office of the Keys was given to the pastors, which is foolishness. In the text at the head of our lesson the Lord says to every Christian, and to all Christians assembled as a Christian congregation at any one place: "Truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Hence to all Christians, wherever some of them may be assembled, whether they be few or many (Matt. 18:20), the Lord gave the Office of the Keys. The Office of the Keys "is the peculiar church-power which Christ has given to His Church on earth," says our Catechism, in accordance with the Word of God.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, from Your Word I know that You have made me, too, Your disciple and a member of Your Church, to whom You have committed the powers and duties comprised in the Office of the Keys. I beseech You to grant me Your Holy Spirit that I may prove myself worthy of such honour, and faithfully fulfil such obligations on my humble part, that Your holy name may be praised on earth to the salvation of many. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 15, 2020