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Meaning that even though there might only be a few people gathered God is still with them.
The problem is using this verse this way totally ignores the context. I mean borderline egregiously ignores the context. So I want to look the Matthew meaning and see how it actually applies to our life. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.
In other words, when two pray the same prayer what they pray for will be answered. God listens to our prayers whether we are alone or with others. This is what I most commonly hear.
Often said by a church leader at a gathering to show that God is present with them because there are two or more gathered. But what does the inverse of this interpretation mean? If there were only one person present God would not be there? Certainly, no one believes that I hope. When we ignore the context in which a passage of the Bible is written we can quite literally make it say anything. One of the simplest and most important things we should do when reading the Bible is to look at the context.
Read the verses before and after. In this case the verses that kick off this section will tell us what Jesus is actually talking about in Matthew If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Matthew In context, we can now see that Jesus is giving instructions about how to handle conflicts with others.
When there is a conflict in community the church He gives some very practical steps we should take. Matthew is the encouragement that comes at the end of these instructions. Essentially Jesus is saying you follow these steps and leave the consequences up to me. When the context of this passage is ignored you can make Matthew say something it was never intended to be about.
Which can lead to some dangerous theology. Now that we know the context, we can get to the Matthew meaning. We already know that Jesus is talking about how to handle conflict in the Church. Talk to them privately about the issue. If they refuse to repent, grab two or three people that are trusted within the church and talk to them again.
If they still refuse to repent bring the issue to the church leaders. Hopefully, through this final serious action, they will realize the error in their ways and repent. Jesus is giving incredibly practical advice.
Just imagine how much healthy the church or any organization would be if we actually followed this process. This would solve SO many problems in the church, in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, and in our families, if we just did this. Now Matthew comes in. In context what this verse is saying God gives His stamp of approval when this process is followed.
The word pragma often indicates financial matters or legal decisions cf. This verse is not saying that God is present when there are two or more people. Or that God will give what we ask when two or more people are in agreement. I always cringe when I hear this verse quoted in Church. And that is a dangerous practice that can have disastrous. When reading the Bible context cannot be ignored. What are your thoughts on this verse where two or three are gathered meaning?
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Why the Context "Where Two or Three Are Gathered" (Matthew ) is So Important