THE CHURCH’S FINEST HOUR…


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Ephesians 5:25-28 – “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”  NASU

  

I believe that this is the most critical hour in the history of the Christian Church.  This generation holds the baton to be passed to the next generation as we seek to bring forth in fullness the Glorious Church that Jesus is building.  This is a time of renewal, restoration, and release in the spiritual realm and is a time of maturation which is allowing the Church to come to a fuller realization of the Finished Work of Christ and what that means to individual believers, local congregations, and the Church universal.  This, I believe, is an HOUR OF DESTINY! 

We are followers of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of God.  He is not going to be king, He is king.  He is not going to reign, He reigns.  He is not going to defeat the devil, He has defeated the devil.  The work of Jesus is a FINISHED WORK!  Romans 8:37 offers a wonderful truth that should cause rejoicing in our hearts and excitement in our minds.  “But in all these things we OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER through Him who loved us.”  [Emphasis mine].   I hope you allow that to sink in for a moment.  We OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER.  Then, he goes on to say that NOTHING can separate us from the Love of God.  We are possessors of God’s Love, His Lovingkindness, His Covenant.  We are fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God.  We are God’s household and members of the Family of God!  That is Covenant Language.  In Ephesians 2:19, “So then (as a result of His Finished Work), you ARE no longer strangers and aliens, but you ARE fellow citizens with the saints, and ARE of God’s Household.”

In the preceding verses, the writer declares that Jesus, through His Finished Work, has torn down the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile and of the two made “one new man,” which is the Body of Christ.  That is Picture of Christ’s Church.  The Finished Work of Jesus means much more than we are SAVED and someday, somehow, someway we will get to heaven. NO, NO, NO!  It transcends that by a million miles because it has to do with WHO we are, WHAT our mission, authority, and power is and WHOSE we are.  It is descriptive of Life, Function, and Ministry not Escape from this world.  I would encourage you to read and meditate on Colossians 2:9-15.  There is an incredible truth embedded there.  Satan has been disarmed.  His forces have been rendered powerless in light of the Finished Work of Jesus.  The kingdom of darkness is no longer ruling in the air or the heavenlies – JESUS IS!  You and I are ‘in’ Christ and He ‘has made’ us to sit in the heavenly places in and with Him.  So, in a very real sense, spiritually, we are Kings in this Life in Jesus and have authority in the spirit realm.  The powers of darkness are subject to us as believers through the Finished Work of Jesus.

I want you to consider something with me if you will, something very vital.  The devil and his demons have been disarmed, right?  The only mention of weapons other than the ‘darts’ of the devil are our weapons – (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  If that is true, and it is according to Scripture, the devil is a ‘completely defeated’ and ‘disarmed’ enemy through the work of our Lord on the Cross and in the Resurrection.  Jesus, stripped the devil of His authority and exposed him to a public spectacle and rendered him subject to man, who had formerly been the devil’s slave.  All that is verifiable in Scripture BUT, a large portion of the Church is still terrified by the devil and his demons.  WHY?  I believe the only possible conclusion is:  We do not understand or realize the completeness of the Finished Work of Jesus; we believe the Lie of the devil, and we have been deceived. 

The Bible tells us that we are ‘more than conquerors’ and yet too often we live as the conquered not the conqueror.  I would never encourage anyone to be flippant regarding the devil but at the same time, Jesus is either the victor or He is not and if He is, and He is, then it is high time that we begin to LIVE as Victors in Him.

I want to pursue this thought a little further so we will pick this up in another devotional and consider our Commission and Authority in Jesus.  God, bless you richly as you embark on today’s leg of your life’s journey in Jesus!

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