By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
September 07, 2014
(13th Sunday after Pentecost613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... », Grandparents’ Day)
In our passage today, we can see three things that Jesus desires: he desires reconciliation among his followers, he shares his authorityHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » with his followers, and he desires his followers to congregate in his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ».
I. Jesus’ Desire of Reconciliation
Mathew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother (or sister) sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » against you, go and confront him while the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. But if he doesn’t listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », take one or two others with you so that ‘every wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » may be confirmed by the testimonyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of two or three witnessesThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... ».’ If, however, he ignores them, tell it to the congregation. If he also ignores the congregation, regard him as a gentile and a taxGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » collector.”
There are four (4) wise steps or instruction from Jesus ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » which are very important in the churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »:
(1) “Go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” Do not wait till he comes to apologize, as is the rule laid down by the rabbis, but go to him at once. Do not think of your own dignity. Think only of your MasterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... »’s honor and your brother’s welfare.
How many troubles, how many scandals might be prevented in the ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » Church, if this simple direction were faithfully and lovingly carried out! In some cases, however, this may fail; and then the next step is:
(2) “Take with you one or two more that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” The process here passes from private dealing; still there must be no undue publicity. If the reference to two or at most three fail, it becomes a duty to
(3) “Tell it unto the church,” in the hope that he may submit to its decisionHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». If he decline, there is nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » left but
(4) ex-communication: “Let him be unto thee as a heathen manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » and a publican.” (Expositor’s BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » Commentary). It means separate him from the church.
Let’s not over emphasize here the steps of reconciliation, but let’s see here the desire of Jesus to have reconciliation among the people in the church. Jesus foresaw the relationshipHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » in the church, and he gave suggestions on how to resolve our problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ».
Jesus indeed loves us, and he desires to have reconciliation. Reconciliation happens only when there is honest communication, willingness of both sides to open their heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and minds for new beginnings, and closing of old and “not so goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... »” relationships.
II. Jesus’ Divine Authority is Shared
Mathew 18:18 says, “I tell you with certainty, whatever you prohibit on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » will have been prohibited in heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », and whatever you permit on earth will have been permitted in heaven.”
Jesus shared his authority among his disciplesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... ». He did not hold it alone. He is good enough to share it with his followers. He did not say, “Oh, it’s my powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » and my authority, I am the only one who could exercise this authority.” Jesus was a good leader since he is able to share his leadership and authority among his apostles“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ». As a pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », I have this authority not because of inherent rights, but because it was shared by Jesus to his apostles. It’s because of graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of Jesus himself!
III. Jesus’ Desire of Having Small Groups
Mat 18:19-20 says, “Furthermore, I tell you with certainty that if two of you agree on earth about anything you request, it will be done for you by my FatherThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » in heaven, because where two or three have comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » together in my name, I am there among them.”
That’s why I like to have small groups, since it is said by Jesus, “where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them.” We don’t need to wait for many group members, we can have small group even though we are few. Jesus is visiting us not because of numbersJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... », but because we have heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » for Jesus. Jesus will listen to our prayers, and he will blessWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » us. That’s why I have been telling the church to invite our small groups in our homes since Jesus is true to his wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », he will be with us, and he will be in our homes!
A hundred years ago during the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of Azusa revivalDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » (1906-1931) in Los AngelesThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », CaliforniaThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », some prophetsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » foretold that after hundred years there will be new kinds of global revival. It would be massive and powerful than the Azusa revival. This time it will happen in small groups, and not only in one placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » like Azusa, but in many cities and places that have small groups for Jesus! And we are now in the era that early prophets were saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... ».
In our passage, we have studied the three important messages of Jesus. His desire of reconciliation, his desire to share his divine authority, and his desire of visiting us in small groups if we are worshipping the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... ».
Are we ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to be with Jesus in his desires for his church for the sake of reconciliation and fellowship?