Monday, September 5, 2016

IS NOT ONE ENOUGH? - By Joel Finck

 By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:20

Growing up in a small church, it was common to hear  Matthew 18:20 quoted as a sort of consolation for poor  attendance at Wednesday prayer meeting. "We might be  small in number," the Pastor would lament, ''but remember  that 'where two or three are gathered together' the Lord is  there."

Though no one ever questioned this interpretation, the  thought must have crossed someone's mind, "Is not one  enough for the Lord to be there?" Of course, it is! Paul  reminds us in Ephesians 3:17 that Christ dwells in our very  hearts by faith. Why, then, does the Lord tell His disciples  when "two or three are gathered" in His name, then He will be  in the midst of them?

The answer to this question is the context in which it was  spoken. In Matthew eighteen, the twelve apostles are  instructed concerning church discipline in the kingdom.  (Confer with Matthew 16:19 & 18:15-18.) In matters of  judgment, the law required at least two or three witnesses for  a matter to be established (Deuteronomy 19:15). Therefore, as  the twelve apostles exercise judgment in the kingdom, they  will have to abide by the legal requirement of two or three  witnesses. When two or three agree together on any matter of  judgment, the Lord will execute it according to their request  (Matthew 18:19). Then, to officially seal the matter, Christ the  King will personally attend the trial and sentencing (verse 20).

We can thank the Lord that even if we must stand alone,  the Lord is with us, as He was with Paul: "At my first answer  no man stood with me .... Notwithstanding the Lord stood with  me, and strengthened me" (II Timothy 4:16, 17).



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