But if he does not listen, take one or two more to have each charge determined by the evidence of two or three witnesses. This does not mean that Jesus does not hear our prayers when we pray alone or with two or three people, etc. He`s doing it. But this means that this special verse does not speak of the presence of Jesus in prayer, but of his presence in the ecclesial discipline. 1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive yourself of one another, except perhaps by unity for a limited time, so that you may surrender to prayer; but then you come together so that Satan does not seduce you because of your lack of self-control. The Bible of the ESV said to Matthew 18:16: I am afraid to break the message, but this is not at all the subject of this verse! The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave him to show his servants what is to happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who was witnessing the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, yes, of all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads the words of this prophecy and blesses those who listen and hold what is written in it, for time is near. John to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace on the part of the one who is, who is and will come, of the seven spirits before his throne, and of Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and the lord of the kings of the earth. He who loves us and who has freed us from our sins by his blood… 12, 13. How do you feel about that? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them is wrong, it is another of those grave proverbs that our Lord has uttered more than once.
See on the magnificent parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15:4-7 . Only the object there is to show what the good shepherd will do, even if only one of his sheep is lost to find it; Here, the object is supposed to show how reluctant he is to lose it when found. Accordingly, one adds: To understand exactly what Jesus means in Matthew 18:20, we must consider the context that contains the surrounding verses in the passage, the passage before and after, the background of the book and the author, including the original audience. Sometimes even the title of a passage can help us. The title of Matthew 18:15-20 is written in another translation: “If your brother snuves himself against you” or “Treat sin in the Church.”