About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Two Or Three Come Together
where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them (Matthew
18:20 NIV)." This verse
is often quoted to encourage those who find themselves in a poorly
attended Christian meeting. Is
this what Jesus meant by these words?
words "two or three" have
Biblical terms, the validity of a thing must be confirmed in at least two
or three ways. With this in
mind let's see what Jesus meant when He said "where two or three come
together in His name, I am with them."
up to verses 15 to 18 Jesus told His disciples that if someone sinned
against one of them he should point out the sin to the offender in the
hope of restoring their relationship damaged by the sin.
If that doesn't rectify things Jesus said that two or three others
should intervene to help restore the relationship.
verse 18 Jesus said that whatever you bind or loose on earth will be bound
or loosed in Heaven. He wasn't
talking about binding or loosing demons.
The context tells us that He was talking about binding and loosing
relationships. This means that
our relationships in the Body of Christ have a direct impact in Heaven.
Broken relationships inhibit Heaven from effectively working among
us while harmonious relationships enables Heaven to implement God's will
verse 19 Jesus said "that if two of you on earth agree about anything
you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven."
Again, we see our earthly relationships impacting Heaven's
interaction with us on earth. The
Greek verb "symphoneo" is translated as "agree" in
this verse. This word consists
of two Greek words meaning "together" and "sound".
The word agree here means "to sound together."
Our English word "symphony" comes from this Greek word.
A symphony is the harmonious blending of a variety of musical
instruments. It's various
instruments sounding together in a harmonic unity.
It's this symphonic harmony that is expressed in the word
"agree" in this verse. Jesus
wasn't talking about two people agreeing about a prayer request.
He was speaking of harmonious relationships in the Body of Christ.
The Greek word "synago" is translated as "come together" in verse 20. This is a Hebrew word that found its way into Greek. For Jews, "synago" which is related to their word "synagogue", was more than a building where they worshiped. This word represented the community of God's people. When Jesus spoke about coming together in verse 20 He was thinking of the community of believers living in symphonic harmony.
This Greek grammar stuff may confuse you but it does help us understand the New Testament. Matthew 18:20 has little to do with a poorly attended Christian meeting. It has everything to do with restoring damaged relationships in the Body of Christ and living in symphonic harmony so Jesus can live among us to accomplish His will.