Where two or three are gathered together in my name
…for where two orthree are gathered together in Myname, I am there inthe midst of them.
Matthew 18 if your brother sins15 “Moreoveragainst you, go and tell him his faultbetween you and him alone. If hehears you, you have gained your brother.
Jesus the Rabbi/Leviticus 1917 ‘Youshall not hate your brother in your heart.You shall surely rebuke your neighbour,and not bear sin because of him.18 You shallnot take vengeance, nor bear any grudge againstthe children of your people, but you shalllove your neighbour as yourself:I am the LORD.
Jesus the Rabbi/Matthew 22/Deuteronomy 6:5/Leviticus 19:1836 “Teacher, which is the great commandment inthe law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall lovethe LORD your God with all your heart, with allyour soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 Thisis the first and great commandment.39 Andthe second is like it: ‘You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On thesetwo commandments hang all the Law and theProphets.”
Lightfoot, Commentary on the New Testament from theTalmud and Hebraica
Love covers all sinsAnd above all things have fervent love for oneanother, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” [1Peter 4:8]Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.[Proverbs 10:12]For I say, through the grace given to me, toeveryone who is among you, not to think ofhimself more highly than he ought to think, but tothink soberly, as God has dealt to each one ameasure of faith. Romans 12:3]
Don’t overlook serious habitual sin“If there is found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God givesyou, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight ofthe LORD your God, in transgressing His covenant, who has gone andserved other gods and worshiped them, either the sun ormoon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded, and it is told you,and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certainthat such an abomination has been committed in Israel, then you shall bring out toyour gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and shall stoneto death that man or woman with stones. Whoever is deserving of death shall be putto death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; heshall not be put to death on the testimony of onewitness. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him todeath, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil fromamong you. [Deuteronomy 17:2-7]
Do respect others’ “measure of faith”/1 John 212 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.13 I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one.I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father.14 I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one.
Matthew 1816 But if he will not hear, take with you one or by the mouth oftwo more, that ‘two or three witnesses everyword may be established.’[cf Deuteronomy 17:2-7]
Matthew 1817 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it tothe church [εκκλησία from LXX].But if he refuses even to hear the church,let him be to you like a heathenand a tax collector.
Case study/1 Corinthians 51 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, andsuch sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—thata man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up,and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed mightbe taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body butpresent in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) himwho has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power deliver such a one toof our Lord Jesus Christ, 5Satan for the destruction of the flesh,that his spirit may be saved in the dayof the Lord Jesus.
Case study/2 Corinthians 25 Butif anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of youto some extent—not to be too severe. 6 This punishmentwhich was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such aman, 7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgiveand comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up withtoo much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love tohim. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test,whether you are obedient in all things.10 Now whom you forgiveanything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, Ihave forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lestSatan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of hisdevices.
Matthew 1818 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever youbind on earth will be bound inheaven, and whatever you loose onearth will be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 1613 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked Hisdisciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So theysaid, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one ofthe prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 SimonPeter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the livingGod.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is inheaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock Iwill build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevailagainst it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, andwhatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed inheaven.”20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He wasJesus the Christ.
Matthew 1819 “Again [see Matthew 16:19] I say to you thatif two of you agree on earthconcerning anything that they ask, itwill be done for them by My Father inheaven…
Matthew 18 …For where two or20three are gatheredtogether in My name, Iam there in the midst ofthem.”
God desires to be with us!/Psalm 13213 For the LORD has chosen Zion;He has desired it for His dwelling place:14 “This is My resting place forever;Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.15 I will abundantly bless her provision;I will satisfy her poor with bread.16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation,And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.17 There I will make the horn of David grow;I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”
Jesus is with us/Revelation 21 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,‘These things says He who holds the sevenstars in His right hand, who walks inthe midst of the sevengolden lampstands.
Jesus will always be with us/Matthew 2820 teachingthem to observe all things that I have commanded I am with youyou; and lo,always, even to the end of the age.”Amen.