Why Jesus Sent Believers Out By Twos

women nature grass outdoors running 2560x1600 wallpaper_www.wall321.com_36“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” – ‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭9-10‬

There are many reasons Jesus sent the disciples out by twos. For one, He knew that when dealing with spiritual warfare there is great power and authority in agreement.

“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – ‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭18-20‬

An other reason was because Jesus understood the need to have someone with us, not only to pray over us when we are being spiritually attacked in a physical way (like in our health for example), but also to encourage us, strengthen us, council us, and counter the spiritual attacks that come against our emotions (in the mind).

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬

The bible tells us to confess our “sins” to “God” (1 John 1:19) and repent (give up the sin) that we may be forgiven. Yet in James it says to confess our “faults” to “one another” that we might pray for one an other and be healed. Though often used interchangeably, these are two very different things. The word translated to “fault” here is “paraptoma” and means “to slip or begin to deviate from a path“. Therefore, we are to confess our sins to God in recognition of our need to be saved by Him. However once saved, God keeps tempering us and the devil keeps tempting us. It is during these struggles that we need the help of trusted Christian friends to pray and war with us for breakthrough. For example, you are saved and serving God but something starts to feel off, God reveals to you that you have allowed an issue with pride to set in, or perhaps you have begun to carry unforgiveness in your heart. God begins dealing with you on it trying to get you back on track. Knowing that if you choose to continue in this error it will cause you to loose your salvation (Matthew 6:15), you go to a friend and confess your fault and ask them to pray with you and for you. You might say, “God has shown me that I am holding unforgiveness and I don’t know how to release it, would you pray with me for understanding and deliverance?” Most times these things are overcome by way of allowing God to bring an emotional healing, the same way you would go to a friend and ask them to pray over you for physical healing, as explained in James 5:14.

Jesus also understood that He was sending out His followers into a battle field, and no one can fight a war alone. We need people watching our backs, many times others will see when we are being attacked before we see it ourselves. We need Christian friends, companions, brothers and sisters watching out for us, praying protection over us, and fighting the enemy off of us, as we do the same for them.

“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;” – Mark‬ ‭6‬:‭7‬

Yet an other reason Christ sent them out by twos was for the sake of the testimony of God’s power. Jesus knew that, once sent out, the disciples would encounter situations of God’s grace, power, and greatness that they had never experienced before. They would need a witness. The stories they would come back telling would start a fire in the hearts of any man that heard it and believed it. However the greater the story the harder to believe it becomes. So it is always of great benefit when there is someone else who can attest to your testimony.

“…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭1‬

backHowever, perhaps the greatest reason Jesus sent them out by twos was for accountability. We are simply less likely to succumb to temptations when we know someone is there who knows that we know better. A good example of this is fasting. When our friends or family knows we are fasting and they are around, it’s easier to resist the cookie on the counter because we know that they know that we know better and we know they will call us out on it, and they should, they are holding us accountable to our commitment to God. However if no one is around it becomes all the more difficult to resist the temptation coupled with the lie that “no one will know.” This of course is never true because God knows and if you keep it up, He will eventually make sure everyone else knows as well that the scriptures might be fulfilled which say, “be sure your sins will find you out“. (Numbers 32:23) Just ask those exposed by the Ashley Maddison infidelity website hack.

The accountability provided by trusted Christian companions is not only critical for maintaining our Christian walk in faithfulness in truth, but  in ministry it is essential to maintaining our integrity also. It protects us from the damaging blows of both falling to genuine temptations and also against false accusations. Which the devil, being a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44), loves to use against the faithful. If he can’t catch you doing something wrong, he’ll lie and say that he did. When ministering, do what you can to always have a witness.

We need Christian fellowship, friends, prayer partners, Comrades in arms. No one can fight effectively alone less he become easy pray to the enemy. We are to help hold others up in the faith daily, doing all that is in our power to keep our brethren from falling and when he does, he needs someone close who can help pick him back up and the same applies to us. There is undoubtably and undeniably strength in numbers, power in agreement, accountability in companionship, encouragement in fellowship, and confirmation in council. For these reasons we must choose our friends wisely and be sure to surround ourselves in every situation with good strong trusted Christian friends…. And for the record it doesn’t have to be just two. If two are good, then three is better, and if three is better, then the more the merrier.

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” – ‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭9-10‬

“And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” – Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭24-25

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