Restoring A Brother

Restoring A Brother

 

Matthew 18; 15-17 If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. He pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. 

Note If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. Note, go and rebuke him in private not publicly but privately. If they listen you they won over that matter is settled. 

NIV Cultural Bible study wrote 18:15 just between the two of you. Jesus here agrees with other Jewish teachers: Jewish ethics heavily emphasized reproving a person privately first, so they would have opportunity to make matters right without facing shame.

 A union Stuart who was vice-president his union  once told me the best way resolved any conflict where two party work out their different in office. Many of conflict within church and workplace could resolve if model these verses. For example, Dofasco steel company who operate out Hamilton has no union give same benefits to Stelco employees, and their motto is Our product is steel. Our strength is people. Meaning you expect work hard them. They will treat fairly 

Note 18:15 If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke hin in private.  If he listens to you, you have won your brother. Note, go and rebuke him in private not publicly but in privately. Give him to opportunity to  response and repent and confess there wrong doing if won accomplish this than matter  is settled.  

 NIV Cultural Bible study wrote 18:15 just between the two of you. Jesus here agrees with other Jewish teachers: Jewish ethics heavily emphasized reproving a person privately first, so they would have opportunity to make matters right without facing shame.

Believer Bible Commentary “Explicit instructions are given concerning the Christian’s responsibility when wronged by another believer. First, the matter should be handled privately between the two parties. If the offender acknowledges his guilt, reconciliation is achieved. The trouble is that we don’t do this. We gossip to everyone else about it. Then, the matter spreads like wildfire and strife is multiplied. Let us remember that step number one is to “go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.”

Note what not to do  We gossip to everyone else about it. Then, the matter spreads like wildfire and strife is multiplied

If the guilty brother does not listen then what? 18:16 states take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses note every fact may be established.

Believe Commentary wrote This emphasizes the mounting seriousness of his continued un brokenness. But more, it provides competent testimony, as required by the Scripture: “that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established’ ” (Deut. 19:15).

NIV Application Commentary This emphasizes the mounting seriousness of his continued un brokenness. But more, it provides competent testimony, as required by the Scripture: “that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established’ ” (Deut. 19:15).

Matthew Henry wrote Many eyes see more than one), “and more regarded by him, and perhaps it will influence him to acknowledge his error, and to say, I repent.”

If still refuses to repent then what? 

18:17  If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.

John MacArthur wrote requires that the matter be reported to the whole assembly (v. 17)–so that all may lovingly pursue the sinning brother’s reconciliation. But failing that, step 4 means that the offender must be excommunicated.

 The thing haunts me most. I did not resolve my conflict with dad or acknowledge the wrong did to him for example calling him Alex or being disrespectful to him in my youth while he was alive.  While there had been no excuses for his behavior; however, there was no excuses for mine as well and very hard seek forgiveness while he buried 8 feet in ground. Over period time, I learned  to forgive myself. A Christ forgave me and started bearing fruit of forgiveness throughout my life    Believer Bible Commentary It is important to notice that the local assembly is the body responsible to hear the case, not a civil court. The Christian is forbidden to go to law against another believer (1 Cor. 6:1–8 Furthermore, he wrote The most obvious meaning of this expression is that he should be looked upon as being outside the sphere of the church. Though he may be a true believer, he is not living as one, and should therefore be treated ,accordingly. Though still in the universal church, he should be barred from the privileges of the local church In 1 Corinthians 5 5:5   5:6  6:7 turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.

6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough? 7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch

  2 Corinthians 2; 5-10 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent–not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you should forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you; therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive; I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake. 1 Cor. 5:5). The purpose of this is to bring him to his senses and cause him to confess his sin. Until that point is reached, believers should treat him courteously but should also show by their attitude that they do not condone his sin and cannot have fellowship with him as a fellow believer. The assembly should be prompt to receive him back as soon as there is evidence of godly repentance.

Lastly, in Matthew 18 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private If he listens to you, you have won your brother.and in Galatians 6:1  Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted. What keep committing the same sins over and over again? As Jesus declares “but 70 times seven are forgive and restore the brothers and sisters. Believer Bile Commentary He did not intend us to understand a literal 490 times; this was a figurative way of saying “Indefinitely.” As soon as he apologizes and confesses his sin, I tell him that he is forgiven (Luke 17:4). In other words, unlimited forgiveness must characterize the true follower of Christ.

To often, these texts are misused or abused which cause great grieve and harm among the brothers or sisters when they sinned where they leave the church in shame without not knowing Jesus would still forgive them theirs sins AGAIN. While was intended point there out  wrong doing so they can repent of their sins be assured totality forgiven by Christ and the church as scripture declares He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 On personal note one thing haunt me most where I did not resolve my conflict with dad or acknowledge the wrong I did to him  for example calling him Alex or being disrespectful to him in my youth while. While there was no excuses for his behavior; however, there was no excuses for mine as well and very hard seek forgiveness while he buried 8 feet in 

the ground. Over the period time, I learned  to forgive myself as Christ forgave me and started bearing the fruit of forgiveness throughout my life. I began to see how he to cherish and love his family. Who provide shelter and food us and taught us to work hard and do our best? Mostly important cherish our mother and show his affection toward her  

 

Mostly I learn if hurt or harm anyone I’ve responsibilities and duty make right with my brothers or Sisters mostly make right with God. As scripture declares He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. In short, your wearing Christ clothes in your sinful clothes. Toward end his life he was physical blind and he repent of his sins would often quote from John Newton I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. Today, he is in heaven along our mother and his earthly brothers and sisters   

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