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Nothing More And Nothing Less!

November 20, 2013

Greetings,

“Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.”  Zephaniah 3: 9

Zephaniah is an interesting book.  It only has 3 chapters and the first 2 and a half detail God’s fierce anger towards many lands including Jerusalem; and how the whole world will be consumed by the fire of God’s jealous anger.  Finally in chapter 3 verse 9 it begins to describe, in detail, how God will restore the remnant of His scattered people.

I find it very interesting that God initiates the restoration process by purifying our lips.  It is the work of God alone to bring us purification, for it is impossible for us to purify ourselves in any way without God’s intervention.  Also of note is how God gives everyone full and equal access to call on His Name.  That’s right…God does not play favorites.  Then finally we see that in our restoration….  all that serve The Lord…. shall do so shoulder to shoulder.

In Christ and His true Body… no one is ever elevated over and above another.  There is no hierarchy in the true Church.  We are intended to serve and relate to each other shoulder to shoulder and NOT pew to elevated platform.  There are no elevated platforms, literally, metaphorically, or figuratively, in the true Church.  In Christ we all stand on level ground at the foot of the cross.  The only true authority figure in the Body is Christ Himself.  We are ALL equal priests and peers in God’s economy and anyone who preaches, teaches, or practices differently is operating in a fallacy and lie.  Strong words, I know, but it is what Jesus Himself practiced and preached, and I follow Him and no other “man”.  In Christ we are all brothers, nothing more and nothing less! 

Jesus said:

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.”  Matthew 23: 8
 
Love and…..
 
Kirk Out !
 
P.s.  Just for the record..when I say that we are ALL equal priests and peers…that fully includes women.
 
 

 

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One Comment
  1. Two verses come to mind after reading your post, Kirk, and they show the contrast between the vain religions of man and the kingdom of God. To His priests in the old covenant He commanded:

    Neither shall you go up by steps unto my altar, that your nakedness be not exposed on it. (Exo 20:26 KJ2000)

    Then John recorded something amazing in Revelation:

    And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
    (Rev 15:2 KJ2000)

    Glass is flat. They go to a great deal of effort to make sure it is, least it distort the image that passes through it. In Christ we stand on a perfectly flat “playing field” on which there are no elevated positions. How different this is in the kingdoms of men. How many will get the victory over the beast when they refuse to stand on the sea of glass He has made for us through the sacrifice of the Son?

    Thanks for sharing, my brother.

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