Will The True “Church” Please Stand Out! Stand Up!
Need to get back to the right understanding of the “Church”. The “Church” is the Body of Christ. The “Church” takes its direction from its Head which is Christ. The “Institutional Church” is make up of different denominations, different doctrines and dogmas. They are not “One” but pulls in different directions.
The “Church” is suppose to be the Community of God’s People – caring for one another, supporting each other. The strong helping the weak; the rich supporting the poor.
The Church is suppose to be a Family – A Family whom God is our Father. What have become of this Family? – Disunited? Disjointed? Disillusioned?
The modern “Institutional Church” is more like a Corporation operated by hard rules and regulations instead of empathy and compassion. The “Institutional Church” is taken over by the Religious Spirit rather than the Spirit of Christ! The “Law” governs the Church instead of “Love”.
The World is not disinterested in Christ but they are disinterested in the “Church” that represents Christ here on earth … so, will the true “Church”, please “Stand Out” and “Stand Up”. Shine as Light of the World!
The Gospel Of The Kingdom
Matt 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people”
Jesus came preaching and demonstrating the Gospel of the Kingdom. Many of His Teachings were Parables about the Kingdom. When Jesus died on the Cross, He inaugurated the Kingdom on earth. When a person accepts Christ into his life, he becomes a child of the Kingdom … he is being transferred from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light. As people of the Kingdom, we are to live as Light of the world and Salt of the Earth. Our Destiny is to advance and establish His Kingdom on earth. (Matt 6:33) We are to establish His Reign and His Rule in the sphere of influence that He has placed us in – in the offices that we work; in the factory that we are in; in hospitals, in army camps …etc.
It is only about a year or two ago that the Holy Spirit enlightens me about the Gospel of the Kingdom. Yes, Salvation of Human Kind is part of the Gospel of the Kingdom … but the “Kingdom” is more than the salvation of souls. God is not interested in Populating Heaven but He is seeking for True Worshipers … those who loves Him with all their hearts, with all their souls, with all their minds and with all their strength. (we can only love God this way because we first experience His love for us)
“For the Son of Man come to seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) For a long time, I have the understanding that this means Jesus came to save lost souls. But if we ask the question, “What was lost, when Adam sinned?” The answer is not just the ‘souls’ of men but the Whole Paradise Was Lost. The Rule of God on Earth was lost! The earth deteriorate and decay after the Fall of Adam. Our Health and Wealth was lost. Our Dominion over the earth was lost. The Redemption of Christ at the Cross is not just the redemption of souls … it is the redemption of the whole creation of God! “Thy Kingdom Come …”, is to bring restoration of God’s reign and God’s rule here on earth. Redemption is completed at the Cross, now we are to reclaim back “That which was Lost” from Satan. As Kingdom People, we are to advance God’s rule and reign over the earth – We are to reclaim back our Health, our Wealth, our Authority on this earth. Hallelujah! We are more than conquerors in Christ!