For the next few weeks, I wish to address the mandates of the scripture concerning the church. Many of these issues will be labeled as politically incorrect — but if one takes the word of God at face value, they will find that God is not interested in keeping political interest groups appeased.
This week, I will address the scriptural purpose for the church. In the strictest sense of the definition, the church is “a called out assembly.” She was established by Christ Himself, when He told the Apostle Peter, “Thou art Peter (a tiny pebble) but upon this rock (the foundational stone — the Cornerstone, which is Christ Jesus) I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The church was empowered by the Holy Spirit some 50 days after Jesus ascended back to Heaven when people were gathered in Jerusalem awaiting the prophecy of Joel to be fulfilled. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” Joel 2:28
At Jerusalem, as soon as the Holy Spirit descended upon the church, Peter, in answer to those questioning and mocking the event, verified Joel’s prophecy in Acts 2:16.
Among the myriad of issues I shall address concerning the church, is the fact, the New Testament church today on this earth is a living organism — not just a worldly organization. No other organization or entity on earth has the authority and commission that has been placed upon the shoulders of the church by God the Father. (Matthew 18:18) “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.” Many civic organizations may have noble causes and serve society with much good — but they do not have a mandate from Heaven as the church does. Not even political entities and organizations — powerful as they are, do not have the direct Heavenly connection that the church has.
So I invite readers to “tune in” to these thoughts concerning the church. I hope it will help bring to light, the urgency of the church on earth and perhaps inspire marginal church members to take more seriously, their connection to this living organism known as the New Testament church and their obligation to the One Who saved them.