Does Matthew 18:20 apply only to "our assemblies"?

Does Matthew 18:20 apply only to "our assemblies"?

That is looking at the truth backwards. In this passage, the Lord informs us that a church (v 17) is His dwelling place (v 20). As such, He gives it authority to administer His wishes (v 18). So it is the Lord Who determines which group is His dwelling place. This truth doesn’t belong to "us." It is God’s universal truth. Some may "claim" the verse, but that doesn’t make them an assembly.

We learn from this passage some of the privileges and responsibilities of an assembly. Wherever God has worked and planted assemblies, they do not become "part of us." They are the Lord’s, purchased with "the blood of His Own." Wherever He has gathered believers to His name, they are His dwelling place and act with His authority. We do not have a monopoly on this truth, but it should be clear that any groups to which this applies will be building according to the same pattern we are seeking to follow.

David Oliver