Many Christians have barriers in their lives that keep them from experiencing fulfilment, satisfaction, peace, healing, and the multiplied blessings of God. From Calvary onward, if any barriers arise between God and man, they are on man’s side, not on God’s. At the death and resurrection of Jesus, all the barriers went down on God’s side. So if there is any kind of spiritual barrier blocking your spiritual progress—something that’s holding you back; frustrating you; pinning you down; keeping you from the joy, peace, satisfaction, or fulfilment that you ought to and long to have—then the barrier is on your side and not on God’s. In my personal experience, the greatest single barrier to full peace and perfect rest is unforgiveness.
In Matthew 18:18–19, we have what I call the “powerhouse of the church”—the place of all power and all authority:
Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
I believe that this is the church at the cellular level: two or three believers led together by the Spirit into the name of Jesus. The meeting point is the name of Jesus, and the one who brings them together is the Holy Spirit. This is the cell life of which the church is composed.
In physical life it is a principle that if the cell life is broken down, the body becomes unhealthy. And I believe that the same is true of the body of Jesus Christ, the church. If the local cell life is broken down, the whole body cannot be healthy.
In this cell life is the germ of all church life and the heart and source of all power. No one needs more power than is promised there: “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them.” What more do we need than that? All power is contained in the application of that verse.
What I want to point out is that this promise of power is encircled and guarded by a fence, and you cannot get in unless you meet the conditions. I call the fence “right relationship.” No one belongs inside the fence who is not living in right relationship with God and man. In verses 15–17 of that same chapter, just before Jesus gave this promise, He spoke about what to do if your brother offends you:
Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that “by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
Just after the promise of verses 18–20, Jesus went on to give the parable of the unforgiving servant, warning us of the terrible consequences if we fail to forgive another believer. (See verses 23–35.) We see from the placement of these verses that the secret place of power is ringed about with right relationships.
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