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Christ On Earth?

April 6, 2016

Greetings,

“But Saul began to destroy the church.  Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”  Acts: 8: 3

Jesus said…”Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”  Acts 9: 4

“………and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things.  His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.  In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”  Ephesians 3: 9-12

Let me just say this boldly and right out front….  The true Church as a community is Christ on earth!  We do more than just represent Him. Jesus verified this fact when He asked Saul, “why do you persecute ME?”, after Paul began destroying the church.  The Church is Christ by Jesus’s own admission.  The true Church is ONE with Christ.  Of course Jesus is The Head and sole Source of the Church and Christ cannot be divided.  That simply means that all so called “churches” that promote division, are not really Church at all.  This rules out all denominations and every “church” that has a Clergy/Laity divide.  Sure there are some followers of Jesus there, but the purpose behind their gathering is far less than Christ’s best for all involved.

In many so called “churches” after the second century Christ was turned into a mere sacrament, to be found and experienced only through the rigid ritual of communion.  This denies the Holy Truth that Christ in fact is a living and fully functioning Body of believers.  The true Church or Ekklesia are followers of Jesus Christ called out of the world and/or religious system to assemble in His name only.  Ekklesia is a dynamic, close knit, family of believers and NOT a building or institution.

The Church, Christ’s Body is God’s chosen vehicle to make known the “manifold wisdom of God”.  That means we get to practically apply God’s complete revelation of Truth in Love to the world and those around us.  We get to BE the Church in such a way that it positively affects everyone we encounter in life.  Finally we get to share God’s eternal purpose of bringing redemption and reconciliation to all.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

P.s.  Please notice that Paul had to go house to house to find followers of Jesus and not church building to church building or temple to temple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Amen. .. Great Word!

  2. daryl permalink

    I was really struck today by that first verse,Saul seeking to destroy the Church. Under the law,Saul sought the destruction of others. Under grace,once changed by Christ,he was filled with sorrow and anguish in his heart,even wishing himself to be cut off from Christ for the sake of his fellow Israelites(Rom.9:1-3) Religion led Saul to have a murderous heart.Relationship led Paul to grieve and suffer for those who had murderous hearts. Our mindset reveals whether or not we have relationship and life by the Spirit,or religion and law-mindedness. As followers of Christ,we will always have enemies,but our hearts should desire their salvation,not their destruction.

    • Great point daryl! Our hearts need tending in order to stay soft and pliable so that we can offer love and grace to others through Christ.

  3. Sue heumann permalink

    OH I love that little conversation…..’our hearts need tending to keep them…..” Very good. It resonates in mine. Thank you for those words on the Ekklesia, true church. Looking for ?Him in my relationships w those I rub shoulders with until HE births A true church here.

    • Thank you Sue! Perhaps a church of 2 or 3 has already been birthed in your midst and now you need to be patient during a prolonged infancy? In short we need to be satisfied with what the Lord gives us before HE multiplies our fellowship and causes it to grow in depth and eventually in size.

      • Sue heumann permalink

        I so appreciate your encouragement…….this is probably true. Thank you….

  4. Smile, you encourage me too Sue.

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