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        FOUNDATION & OBLIGATION-page 2

             we have dealt with the 'foundation' on page 1

       we now deal with the 'obligation' we have       in the ecclesia

 

 

      It would be difficult  to  find  a worse  example of     biased

       and  inaccurate  translation  than  that  which   we read in

       Matthew  18v18.  What  the  translators  have     done   is to

       translate this verse exactly  the same as Matthew 16v19.

       This  is  in  spite  of  the  undeniable  fact that  the Greek

       text  gives  an   entirely  different  understanding   in  this

       case. Of course, it is convenient for all those who depend

       upon  authority  over  their  duped followers,  to grasp at

       any straw  in order to  reinforce their privileged position.

 

 

       The  normal  English  translation  of  Matthew  18v18 is:

       "Verily  I  say  unto  you,  Whatsoever   ye  shall  bind on

       earth shall be  bound in heaven:  and whatsoever ye shall

       loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (AV).

       This  is  almost  verbatim  to   Matthew 16v19,  which we

       have dealt with  on   page 1.  We  have  shown  the earlier

       occasion  set  forth  an  irrevocable prophecy concerning

       the establishment  of  the  ecclesia of Jesus Christ, based

       NOT upon Peter  AS A PERSON,  but upon   THE CON-

       FESSION  OF  FAITH  WHICH  PETER  HAD MADE.

 

       This  understanding  demolishes  the  claim to  Divine au-

       thority  which is made by the Roman apostacy.

       Now  in  ch.18  we  are dealing  with  an entirely different

       situation,  where  the Lord  is  setting  forth  principles   of

       supreme   importance   relative  to   the  operation of  His

       ecclesia  during  the  long  time  of  His absence. The 2nd

       claim  of  the  Roman  apostacy  to  infallibility  is  shown

       to be absolutely false, and blasphemy against God.

 

      

       A  correct  translation  of  Matthew 18v18 is contained in

       the  Diaglott  version,  which  renders  the  literal  Greek-

 

       "Indeed  I  say  to  you,  whatever  you  may  bind  on   the

       earth,  shall  be  having  been  bound  in  the  heaven;   and

       whatever  you  may  loose  on  the  earth,    shall be having

       been loosed in the heaven".

 

       You,  the  viewer,  now  having  the  opportunity,       probably

       for the first time,    to  read  what  Jesus  was  ACTUALLY

       SAYING,    will  perceive  the  vast  difference between the

       literal Greek  and  the  distorted  version  which  has  only

       served the purposes of evil men.    Let us summarise:

      

       The translators' version says that God   and Christ  "in

       heaven" will  automatically  ratify the decisions of fall-

       ible men WHATEVER THEY ARE!

       The  correct understanding,  as revealed in the Greek,

       is that   the decisions of fallible men  MUST  FOLLOW

       THE PRECEPTS REVEALED CONCERNING THE

       WILL OF GOD AND CHRIST "IN HEAVEN"!

 

       The  first  translation  serves  the ends of those wishing to

       retain  their  current  power .  The second (correct) trans-

       lation  shows  that  the  followers  of  Jesus Christ  have a

       SOLEMN  OBLIGATION  (hence  our  heading)  to

       FOLLOW   THE   WILL   OF   GOD  IN  CHRIST.

 

       The above is clear and allows no misunderstanding.   And

       when we come  to examine the context  more minutely, we

       see that NO OTHER EXPLANATION IS POSSIBLE!

 

       So that this might be demonstrated  to the viewer,   we set

       out the relevant verses in Matthew 18:

 

       v1-14: the teaching of Jesus  to  be  "humble..as  little chil-

                  dren" v4, 3.  However,  we are  to  "be not children

                  in  understanding:  howbeit  in  malice  be  ye  child-

                  ren, but in understanding be men"-   1st Cor.14v20.

                  We are to care,  as Jesus, for "that which was lost"-

                  v11. Note v14-

                  "Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in

                  heaven,  that  one of these little ones should perish"

                  (that is-the "little ones which believe in" Jesus,v6)..  

               

        v15  : the words "against thee" should be omitted,  as they

                  are not contained  in  reliable texts,  and they violate

                  the whole context-cp v21,  where  Peter asks a ques-

                  tion  as  to  what  to  do if the sin is   AGAINST HIM-

                  something  which  he  would  not  have done if it had

                  already been dealt with by Jesus.      And in fact in v22

                         the Lord gives Peter much different advice.

                  So what then is the meaning of verse 15?

                  It is obviously  the  situation  referred  to in Gal.6v1-

                  "..if a man be overtaken IN A FAULT"-   i.e. it is not

                  a personal offence, but A SIN AGAINST GOD.

        v15  : in such a situation, Jesus teaches:

                  a. speak  privately  to the offender, to      "gain thy bro-

                      ther"..

        v16  : b. if a private  discussion  and  warning is unsuccess-

                       ful,  "take with thee  one or two more,  that in the

                       mouth of  two or three witnesses  every word may

                       be established". Here Jesus is quoting from

                       Deuteronomy 19v15, where  the  context  is clear-

                       SIN AGAINST GOD–  as in Matt.18v15-20..                      

         v17  : c. if  even  this is unsuccessful, "tell it unto the eccle-

                       sia:  but if he neglect  to hear the ecclesia,  let him

                       be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican".

         It is in this context and this context alone

         that   we   must   consider  what  follows-

 

         v18  : the decisions of the ecclesia must be in harmony with

                   Divine principles, as we have shown.   In such a case

                   it is evident that  God  and  Christ will endorse them.

                        However, an important consideration arises:

                   WHAT IS THE RESULT  IF THE DECISIONS OF

                   THE ECCLESIA ARE NOT IN HARMONY WITH

                   THE PRINCIPLES  SET FORTH BY THE LORD?

           

         v19  : Jesus proceeds to deal with just this possibility-

                   "Again"-  i.e.  here  is  further teaching to cover this

                   very   real   possibility,   that  fallible  men might  not

                   "judge righteous judgment"- John 7v24.

                   "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 in heaven".

                    We  cannot,  we  dare  not,   wrest  these vital words

                    from their context.  The  only  "two"  spoken of are

                    those mentioned (the faithful) in  v16.   So the "two"

                    in  v19 can be any of those who stand for the Truth-

                    for they  are  all  faithful witnesses.    All  faithful (as

                    also should we ) bear  witness to the truth-perhaps at 

                    a very great personal cost- link to 'apocalypse'.

 

                    Jesus Christ is "the faithful and true witness"-Rev-

                    elation 3v14...will He endorse any who betray Him?                     

                    Practically, the important thing here is that

                    THE ECCLESIA  HAS MADE THE WRONG DE-

                    CISION WHEN THE SIN CAME BEFORE IT.

                    IT HAS DECIDED FOR THE SINNER AND NOT

                    FOR THE FAITHFUL WITNESSES!

                    But we must remain steadfast - link to proverbs-p.3.

 

                    As  corrupt  men gained  power  over  the   ecclesias,

                    just such situations  began  to  multiply. They forgot

                    the admonition of Peter (2nd Peter 5v1-3)-

                    "The elders which are among you I  exhort, who am

                    also  an  elder,  and  a  witness  of  the  sufferings of

                    Christ,and also a partaker of the glory  that shall be

                    revealed:

                    Feed the flock of God  which is among you, taking the

                    oversight  thereof,    not  by  constraint,  but  willingly;

                    NOT  FOR  FILTHY  LUCRE,  but of  a  ready  mind;

                    Neither as being LORDS OVER GOD'S HERITAGE,

                    but being ENSAMPLES TO THE FLOCK".

                    We have written much on  the disastrous events which

                    followed such departure from the Faith.

                                        SEE THE LINKS BELOW.

         RETURNING TO MATTHEW 18,    WE QUICKLY SEE

         THAT WHAT WE HAVE PRESENTED IS CORRECT-

          

         v20 : the result of the wrong ecclesial decision in favor of

                    the sinner in v18 has now resulted in DIVISION.

                  Does the Lord endorse such action?

                  We know that  He prophesied   that such would occur-

                  Luke 12v49-53; re the two "seeds" link to 'promises'.

                  We have  already seen,  in v19,  that  He promises the

                  request of the "two"  (of the "witnesses",  see above)

                  will be granted.  What  is  the only possible request of

                  the witnesses in such an agonizing situation?

                  IT MUST  BE THAT GOD AND CHRIST  WILL BE

                  WITH  THEM   IN  THEIR  FAITHFUL  ACTIONS.

 

         v21 : The Lord answers their request  in  the most emphatic

                   manner when He says (linking with v20 by "for")-

                   "For   where  two or three   (the  only  "two or three"

                   mentioned  elsewhere in the whole of the verses under

                               consideration are the faithful in V16!)

                   are  GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY NAME"- i.e.

                   a faithful ecclesial assembly has been convened,

                                           SEPARATED FROM THE

                                           OFFENDING ECCLESIA-

                                           What does Jesus promise?

                   "THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM".

 

                   And  so,   these  faithful  ones  have   implemented  the

                   Doctrine of Fellowship-   as Paul later stated he would

                   do  failing  a  change  of  mind  by  those  in error, 2nd

                   Corinthians  10v6;  13v1,2,10..   and  faithful  disciples

                   have had to do down through the ages of time in obed-

                   ience to the obligation laid on them by Jesus Christ-cp

                   Luke 12v49-53;  Rev. 2v2,9;  3v8; 12v6, 14-17-  link to

                   'fellowship'.The fault that Jesus later found with some

                   ecclesias   was   that   THEY  WERE  TOLERATING

                   ERROR IN THEIR MIDST!    Revelation 2v14,15,20.

                   The only ecclesias fully commended had become separ-

                   ated from   "the synagogue of the satan"-link to 'satan'-

                                          Revelation 2v8-11; 3v7-13.

 

                   And  so  the  presence of  God and Christ has been re-                    

                   moved from the faithless assembly,   and transferred to

                   the new ecclesia comprising the faithful witnesses.                       

                   Verse 20 has often been quoted to show that  the Lord

                   is present even in small assemblies. This is true only if

                   THE ASSEMBLY IS FOUNDED UPON THE TRUTH.

                   If,  after scriptural admonition,  it has allowed apostacy

                   to remain,  the presence of Christ is  certainly not there!

 

                   There is a most significant Old Testament precedent for

                   this situation which we are considering.  In Leviticus 26,

                   God  withdraws  fellowship from Israel because of their

                   unrepentant sin, after a three-fold admonition(as we see

                   in Matthew 18). And He also  lists His witnesses to their

                   iniquity. The result is- "Then will I  also walk

                                                            contrary to you" v24.

                     

         v21 : As we have stated,  the  question  of  Peter which follows

                  proves  conclusively  that  the  above  is  correct,   for  he

                  also has understood, as we have, that there is a

                  THREE-FOLD WARNING FOR SINS AGAINST GOD

                  but  "how  oft  shall  my  brother  sin  against  me  and   

                  forgive  him?  Until   seven  times?" (thinking  this would

                  be  appropriate  as  against  three  times  in  the case of a

                  sin against God!). But the Lord answers him thus:

 

         v22 : "I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but

                      UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN".

                  In other words, forgiveness for personal offences

                  should  be extended  without  any  imposed limits.

 

             THE MATTERS WHICH HAVE BEEN PRESENTED

             ARE VITAL FOR OUR SALVATION. WE SUGGEST

                THAT YOU ALSO LINK TO THE FOLLOWING:

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