In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established

The title of this post comes from 2 Corinthians 13:1  (21st Century King James Version).

2 Corinthians 13 (Holman Christian Standard Bible Version)

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This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 2 I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient, 3 since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me. He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. 4 In fact, He was crucified in weakness, but He lives by God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, yet toward you we will live with Him by God’s power. 

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5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless you fail the test. 6 And I hope you will recognize that we do not fail the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong—not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear to fail. 8 For we are not able to do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

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9 In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature. 10 This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down. 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. 13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Matthew 18:15-20

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15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother.

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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. 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. 18 I assure you: Whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven. 19 Again, I assure you: If two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”

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Deuteronomy 17:6

6 The one condemned to die is to be executed on the testimony of two or three witnesses. No one is to be executed on the testimony of a single witness.

Deuteronomy 19:15

15 “One witness cannot establish any wrongdoing or sin against a person, whatever that person has done. A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

The Lord Uses 2 Witnesses In Revelations “End Times”

Revelation 11:1-6

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The Two Witnesses
11 Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod, with these words: “Go and measure God’s sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there. 2 But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 42 months. 3 I will empower my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies; if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6 These men have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the days of their prophecy. They also have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every plague whenever they want.


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12 thoughts on “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established

  1. A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 23 Sep 2016 12:33 AM PDT

    “Anguish of heart, brokenness, repentance is what America needs yet rebellion, disobedience and rejection of Truth is all I see as I look upon this nation. My heart grieves for what must be.

    A clear and present danger. Hope misplaced, lives lost, few care. Take note, it has begun.

    Rest in My promises. Trust in My Word. Take courage, find the strength to move forward. Be strong, pray without ceasing and trust in the LORD with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

    You will soon see the downfall of your nation. Shadows of what might have been, pockets of resistance, to no avail. Too little, too late. Your sins, for too long, now have taken root and spread far and wide affecting all in their path. None will be exempt from its reach unless I AM bring correction and discipline to the nation.

    Will you weep and mourn for the lost? America as a nation will perish, but souls, precious souls will also perish. Family, friends, loved ones without Christ will perish. Weep and mourn for lost souls, for America shed no tears. Torn and tattered, a nation drowning in filth, yet failing to recognize the danger she continues her downward spiral. Nations rise, nations fall – weep My child, weep for the lost souls.”

    “The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.” Proverbs 10:28
    “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…” Hebrews 10:23
    “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5
    “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:8

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  2. Daily Devotional — 09/23/16

    THE FORMS OF THE CHURCH
    Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42

    The place in which a church meets varies. The use of big buildings, complex organizations, involved programs, huge budgets that provide for schools, hospitals, orphanages and other social activities are only possible in financially strong unrestricted societies.

    Although the Lord has blessed these activities in many places in the world, we must recognize that they are not essential to the existence of the church. In some countries these activities are forbidden by the government, while in others, the local economic situation makes them impossible. Still the church can thrive, because it is not dependent on these things. Serious problems have arisen when Christians have become confused on this point.

    A number of years ago, for example, some Vietnamese leaders thought that their lack of funds for such things was the cause of the slow growth of Christianity there. On one occasion, the following conversation was overheard:

    “Do you have communists in your part of the country?” the observer asked. “Most assuredly. They are there,” the leader replied.

    “Are they growing in numbers and influence?” he then asked. The leader hesitated momentarily, then admitted sadly, “Yes, they are growing very fast.”

    “Can you show me their meeting places and schools or introduce me to their leaders?” the observer continued. “Certainly not,” the leader said in disgust. “If they are known, they will be arrested.”

    “You mean they are secret, without buildings or property and still they grow in number?” the observer asked in amazement. “Yes, you could say that,” the leader responded.

    “Then it must be that their growing influence does not depend on such things. If they can be wrong in their beliefs and still grow without money and buildings, why do you think the church of Jesus Christ needs these things?” the man concluded.

    If God provides these things, then use them for His glory. If He does not, remember that the New Testament church had none of these things, but they turned their world upside down (Acts 17:6). The early Christians did not confuse the church’s functions with methods. If they had done so, the church would have died in the bondage of Jewish legalism. The early churches were not encumbered by the presence of buildings, nor hindered by the lack of them. They met in public places, when they were permitted to do so, but when they were not, they went from house to house.

    RESPONSE: I will no longer confuse the forms of the church with the biblical functions of the church.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord for those who use their homes as centers for Your worship and declaration of the good news of Your love.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Some Scripture:

    Romans 2:5 But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed.

    Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says speaks to those who are subject to the law, so that every mouth may be shut and the whole world may become subject to God’s judgment.

    James 5:12 [ Truthful Speech ] Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.

    1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

    Revelation 14:7 He spoke with a loud voice: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

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  4. Daily Devotional — 09/24/16

    THE BODY OF JESUS
    And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18

    In China, one small group of believers gathered weekly in the back room of a small store to worship together during the Cultural Revolution. Since they could easily be overheard by anyone entering the store, they “sang” hymns together without words or music. Someone whispered the name of the song and the group together silently moved their lips simply “thinking” the words and music.

    In the Bible, the church is called “God’s husbandry,” “the body of Christ,” and the “household of Christ” (I Corinthians 3:9; 12:13,27; Hebrews 3:6). It is also called His bride and a wife (Revelation 19:7-9; 21:2,9; Ephesians 5:22-33). These are all simple examples given to help us understand that the Church is a spiritual entity, neither a building nor a human organization. This is probably the most common error in belief found among Christians. It is important that we realize that the church of Jesus Christ is basically and When Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus responded by promising to build His church on the solid “rock” of this great truth and that the gates of hell would not withstand it. (Matthew 16:13-18). According to the New Testament, a person who has recognized, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ, and who trusts in Him by faith as Savior and Lord, is “born again” (John 3:1-17).

    This new birth is a spiritual experience that opens the heart to the Spirit of God. He enters that heart and dwells there. This believer is then a “priest” of God and enjoys direct access into the holy presence of God (I Peter 2:5,9; Hebrews 4:16). This relationship of an individual with Christ is clearly a spiritual relationship, and Jesus joins together individuals who have this faith in Him into a spiritual body—His church.

    RESPONSE: I will cherish my relationship with Christ and His body—the Church.

    PRAYER: Thank You Lord for Your household of faith. Help me to understand its functions and walk and serve in expressing them.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. What this article means to me: We should keep everyone in prayer, continue to Love them no matter what and take all of our concerns to the Lord. The Lord can handle anything, if we leave it all in his hands. We need to continue asking for more Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom in all things.

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      1. That we do and referring to the title of your blog here. If the Lord does something in the what we refer to as the real world the modus operandi is laid down in scripture. We can see this with Isis, it is an enemy created by evil men to further their own goals but they drive the same idea as the Babylonians towards Israel.

        Men without mercy who punishes backsliding from Christ! But their end will be bad also as the Babylonians were who destroyed Israel!

        God is just always!

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  5. Daily Devotional — 09/25/16

    FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BODY
    If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26

    It is a beautiful picture when the church of Jesus Christ operates as the Bible teaches for the benefit of the body.

    On January 21st 2007, Dimitri from Uzbekistan was arrested and subsequently sentenced to four years in a labor camp because of his “illegal religious activities.” The labor camp in which he is being held is 850 kilometers from where his wife Marina and their three daughters live. They are allowed to visit him just a few times a year.

    Marina is grateful for all the prayers for them and for all the encouragement which they have received through letters and cards.

    “We’ve really experienced God’s faithfulness. He’s protected and blessed us, and He’s always been close when we’ve needed Him. We want to thank God, because He doesn’t leave us on our own. He helps us through tough times.

    “I’ve visited Dimitri a few times and also taken the children with me a few times. His health is good and he’s even trying to encourage others. They have to get up early in the morning to start work. Often he doesn’t have the strength to pray, but then he senses that others are praying for him. He finds his strength in the Lord Jesus, tries not to become oppressed by the circumstances, and he thinks a lot about us. This helps him to survive.

    “His Bible was confiscated by the guards and now he is writing out Bible texts from memory in a little notebook. In this way he has his own handwritten Word of God. He’d like to have his Bible back, but permission is still being refused.

    “We’re thankful for the many friends who are supporting us and writing to us at this difficult time. I’d also like to thank everyone for their many prayers. Now I’m coming to understand what the Bible means when it says, ‘we are one body,’ because ‘if one part suffers, every part suffers with it.’”

    RESPONSE: Today I will not just think about myself, but function as a vital member of the body of Jesus.

    PRAYER: Lord, bless prisoners like Dimitri who today may be feeling lonely. May they experience the blessing of realizing they are part of Your body.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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