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Segment #5 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/11/09

So now as we look into the church law, such as it is known, and we should probably go slowly, because we often assume things that aren't really there. In the 15th verse, "moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, so we see there first of all two things. We have a brother and that could be a natural brother, but it could also mean, I especially think, a spiritual brother. And I think that it would be fair that we could also say sister, because we are all one or the other. And so we can conclude that it is a brother or sister. This applies to all the children of God. And by that he is "thy brother", that implies that you are both believing children of God. And also he has trespassed against you. There is no question about that. Jesus said so. We don't have to interpret whether there has been a trespass here, but he says if thy brother shall trespass against thee. So, it is very personal, this one. It is something that is often the most painful when a trespass, when an offense has been created against me personally. And you can feel that. You feel wronged. You feel the urge to get back at them, and you start looking into the 18th chapter of Matthew, to think about how that might apply down the road, don't you, don't I? But here it says, he has trespassed against thee. What do you do? Go and tell him. First of all, the onus is on you, to go and to tell him. Philip, when he was observing the chariots coming by, coming from Jerusalem and back to Ethiopia, the Spirit said to him, "Go and attach yourself unto that chariot." The Spirit did not even tell him there was a special man inside of the chariot, He just said, "There is a chariot going by, go and attach yourself unto that chariot," and when he got there, he discovered a man who was reading from Isaiah. The Ethiopian enuch could not understand what he was reading. Philip was able to open the Scriptures to him and reveal to him the Lord Jesus Chirst and that man was converted there. Because when the Spirit said, go, Philip went. And therefore the exhortation is, go!

How many times when someone has trespassed against us, do we simply not go? We just don't go, we just avoid them. We just figure that we are not going to get along, we sort of lick our wounds and think I am just going to go on about my life and it is all the luckier if I don't run into that person again. But here it says, "if your brother trespass again you, you go and tell him. What do you tell him? You tell him his fault. And I think that many times there are great errors made here, that do damage even unto this beautiful order that Jesus has put before us. Because sometines when we do pluck up the courage to go, we start up with something like this. "I have harbored bad thoughts about you. And they respond and say, "I am sorry that you have harbored about me." And then you are no place. You are no where at all. Don't go and tell him your fault. We will come to that later on. Go and tell him his fault.

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 11 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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