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Matt. 18:15-20 Making Things Right

posted May 19, 2020, 11:18 AM by Jacob Boer

“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

Before I left home, my father took me aside and we talked about a lot of things, but one thing has stuck with me, he said, “Son, I don’t have much to give you, but I have given you the most precious thing I have, a good name.” He then went on to tell to always keep our family name in good respect, not only for me, but for the whole family. Out of everything my father has done for us as a family, a good name, I have learned is most important. I can imagine Jesus having that same talk with us through our parents, telling us that we need to make sure that we keep the family name, his name, in good respect, not just for ourselves, but for all our brothers and sisters. If you don’t, it means that you don’t care about your brothers and sisters and you need to be held accountable so that you can change and become a part of the family again. That’s the end goal, that we are all together again caring for everyone, not just ourselves.

 

 

Q. How is the kingdom of heaven closed and opened by Christian discipline?

A. According to the command of Christ: Those who, though called Christians, profess unchristian teachings or live unchristian lives, and who after repeated personal and loving admonitions, refuse to abandon their errors and evil ways, and who after being reported to the church, that is, to those ordained by the church for that purpose, fail to respond also to the church’s admonitions—such persons the church excludes from the Christian community by withholding the sacraments from them, and God also excludes them from the kingdom of Christ. Such persons, when promising and demonstrating genuine reform, are received again as members of Christ and of his church.

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