The purpose of examining abused verses is to encourage us to take a closer look at the scriptures and learn the context of what we read. We are not the original audience of the Gospel of Matthew, so we will have to work a little harder to understand what the details mean. What I mean by this is that we are not as familiar with the culture, history, writing style, and cross-references of the Old Testament as anyone who lived in Matthew`s day would have been. This does not mean that Jesus does not hear our prayers when we pray alone or with two or three people, etc. It does. But this means that this particular verse does not speak of jesus` presence in prayer, but of his presence in the discipline of the Church. We have learned that Matthew 18:20 is part of the broader context of Matthew 18 as a whole; There is a theme that runs through the whole chapter, and this passage is not excluded. We learned that the original Jewish audience would have taken up Old Testament references, which helps us connect verse 20 in the larger passage. By understanding the context, we are able to understand the full meaning of the verses as the original audience did. Jesus is always present among believers, but he is also present in the particular circumstances of ecclesiastical discipline when he is made according to the Word of God and for his glory.
In addition, if your brother sins against you, go tell him his guilt between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have won your brother. But if he doesn`t hear, take one or two more with him so that each word can be determined by the mouths of two or three witnesses. And if he refuses to hear them, tell the Church. But if he refuses to hear the Church, then for you he will be like a pagan and a tax collector. The necessity and impact of the Union. . . .