Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:19-20
Many people often quote Jesus here “Where two or more are gathered in my name, I am in the midst of them” , people typically use this to justify a small Church or Bible study, but is this being used in the true context? The scriptures right before this, in my post “Church Discipline” , Jesus talked about having 2 or 3 witnesses when calling someone out for a sin or violation. This is in reference to the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 19:15)
So is saying Christ is with us when there are only 2 or 3 people, No of course not. But it can also be questioned, if we are alone is Christ not with us? Of course, Christ is always with us, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us. So I think the overuse of this phrase “Where 2 or more are gathered” is primarily used out of context, and was meant to reference witnesses for judgment within the Church
Jesus also said “If two of you shall agree on touching anything they ask, it shall be done for them by my Father in Heaven” Now false prosperity teachers have a field day with this, falsely telling people whatever you demand from God , He will give it to you. And then they will tell you , to challenge God and demand that He gives it to you based on Christ words
First of all , demanding things from God is total blasphemy, we should not test The Lord God (Luke 4:12, Deuteronomy 6:12) Secondly , if we really Love The Lord God with All our mind, soul, and strength (Matthew 22:37) then you would want to do the Will of God (1 John 2:17). A true Born Again Christian is not carnally minded and desiring the lusts of the flesh from God
Context is key when studying the Bible, we can easily “cherry pick” scriptures from the Bible and make them fit our agenda. The key is to read the scriptures in the full context with the entire Chapter, this is why I try to go through the Bible verse by verse in these commentaries, to try and capture the full context of what God is trying to teach us
As Jesus taught us to pray “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done” (Matthew 5) we should want to be in God’s Will for our lives and not our own will. Humble yourself and follow Christ, Amen!