When Two Or Three Are In Agreement

Mark Moore in Chronological`s The Life Of Christ put it this way, the prayer of verse 19 is not for “everything” we could plan or wish for, but for any court case. The word Pragma often refers to financial issues or legal decisions (cf. 1 Co 6, 1). And the “two or three together” in verse 20 do not speak of worship. (The omnipresence of God and the stay of the Holy Spirit ensure the presence of Jesus where a Christian is alone.) The word “come together” means “unified,” not just “collected.” What this text promises, then, is that God will make his mark on judicial decisions among members of the Church who agree with each other. We need to be clear about that… God always hears us when we pray. Whether you are alone in the car, sitting on your knees next to your bed or joining your community in the church, God always hears us. The Bible repeatedly confirms this fact: “Moreover, when your brother opposes you, go and tell him his guilt between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have won your brother. But if he does not hear, he carries one or two more, that each word can be found by the mouth of two or three witnesses. And if he refuses to hear it, tell the Church.

But if he refuses to hear the Church, let him be with you like a pagan and a customs officer. It says in full: “I say to you once again: if two of you on earth agree on all that they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven.” Because where two or three people gather on my behalf, I`m with them. Matthew 18:19-20 I wonder how much this man prayed his whole for this? I also wonder how many righteous people prayed that Lazarus would not die. And we know that Paul prayed three times on a thorn and was said no. This view believes that if two or more Christians come together, believe in the authority of Jesus, they are a Church and can exercise the keys of the kingdom which are ecclesiastical administration and ecclesiastical discipline. What Jesus does is he gives an order of the process that he must follow when you have a conflict with someone. Thus they collapse: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them.” – Matthew 18:20 I often hear the verse used in churches or study groups: “Lord, we thank you for being with us when you are two or more gathered in your name… And if you can take two or three friends, that`s fine. Before understanding the verse in its legitimate context, I never really noticed how much it is abundantly asked in, but now that I know the context, I scream a little when I hear well-meaning Christians throw it into well-intentioned prayers. The problem with the abuse of this verse is that the people who abuse it are not necessarily wrong what they say (that Jesus is with us when we pray and swear); They just took it out of context.

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