A. Text: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “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.”I. Two are Better Than One - Because if One Falls the Other is There to Pick Him Up1. I have often given this analogy: If you take one twig in your hand and you bend it that twig will snap rather easily. However, if you take 35 twigs and you try to bend them they will be much stronger and unable to be broken, as one lends support to the other. The same is true of Christians. When you have a group of Christians offering strength to one another it makes it that much more difficult for Satan to influence those Christians.B. Notice some passages revealing the relationship Christians are to have towards one another:
A. Christians are supposed to help each other if one is overtaken in a fault (Galatians 6:1).II. We Should Provoke One Another to Good Works1. In Galatians 6:1 when talking of a brother or sister overtaken in a fault [trespass] we find the word overtaken “prolambano?” defined by Thayer means [Strong’s # 4301]: “to take one by forestalling (him i.e. before he can flee or conceal his crime), i.e. surprise, detect.” So, this would apply to a Christian who has caught his brother in a sin and is now held accountable to try and restore that brother or sister to the faith.B. To have the attitude that we do not need anyone because we are strong is dangerous (I Corinthians 10:12).a. The spiritually minded person would go to that brother or sister with the mindset of fulfilling the Biblical pattern for handling such things (Matthew 18:15-17).2. Such examples to follow would be:
A. One goal that is to be met when the saints assemble is to provoke each other to good works (Hebrews 10:24-25).1. The word provoke is from the Greek word “paroxusmos” which means: “an inciting, incitement”. We are to operate on the mind or will of our brethren in attempt to get each other to do good works.B. We are to comfort ourselves together and edify each other (I Thessalonians 5:11).
A. Maybe because some would not want their sins to be known (I Timothy 5:24).Conclusion:1. They do not want their fruits examined (Matthew 7:15-20).B. Maybe because there is no agreement (Amos 3:3).
A. The Bible is clear that we are stronger when together.2003 by Brian A. Yeager may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes at no cost to others.