As Jesus established the order of the kingdom he gave insight into how conflicts within the community should be handled. Against a backdrop of deep humility Jesus explained a process that is seldom followed today.
The procedure he described paralleled that which was followed in the day, except that unresolved disputes would be brought before the Sanhedrin — the Supreme Court — for resolution. Their decision was final, considered to be supported by God.
I think in Matthew 18 Jesus is setting up his new Sanhedrin for settling conflict in the church. And, according to the foregoing conversation, they should be approached in deep humility and holiness. Within these parameters God’s authority is delegated and enabled.
Join us Sunday for more thoughts on the new Sanhedrin.