THE CHURCH’S FINEST HOUR – Part II…


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Matthew 18:18-20 – “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”  NASU

 

We have an incredible commission and provision in Christ Jesus.  We have been afforded the equipping, enabling, empowering, and authorizing of our Lord. On the basis of the Finished Work of Jesus, we have been authorized to GO and accomplish the Abrahamic Covenant.  In Luke 10:19, we read, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.”  THAT IS AMAZING!  It is almost Unbelievable and many do not.  Too often we attempt to qualify the verse rather than manifest the promise in our present world.  When you couple this Promise with the Big Picture of the Purpose and Plan of God for the Church it becomes overwhelming.

If you will recall Adam fell in the Garden through his rebellion or disobedience to God and his obeying the voice of the devil.  Adam transferred dominion into the hands of the devil through disobedience.  Adam was Vice Regent of the Planet and he gave lordship to the devil through sin.  God’s purpose and plan involve ‘restoration’ and bringing man back into Fullness and Fellowship with Him.  He purposed that man would ‘manifest’ God’s Glory and that the entire world would ‘manifest’ God’s Glory.  Adam blew it!  It was in the Garden that the devil came into ‘legal’ control over the planet and everyone born of Adam because of sin.  Satan’s rule is over our sin.  That reality necessitated a program or plan through which man and the planet could be recovered from the dominion of darkness and restored.  Restored man could then return the planet to God’s hands through Christ Jesus.  I encourage you to read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28. 

The Plan of God is so involved and detailed that I would be at a loss in a brief devotional how to fully convey it, so we will focus on something simple and briefly mention the Abrahamic Covenant found in Genesis 12:1-3.  As you read this I hope you notice the progression.  Abram was a Moon Worshiper and that pagan man received a revelation from God.  The worshipper of the Light of the Moon came in contact with the Creator of the Moon!  Notice the instructions to Abram:

 

  1. Leave Your Country – – (Which involved Moon Worship.)
  2. Leave Your Relatives – – (Idolaters)
  3. Leave Your Father’s House – – (Separation, Authority, and Covering)
  4. Enter into a Land that I will Show You – – (The Place of Promise)

The LAND is where virtually all of the Middle Eastern Countries and much of the Church is focused.  Hopefully, without offending anyone, I must ask: “Is physical land the sum total of God’s focus?”  If you study Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and many other prophets you will realize that God’s focus is far more than just the land.  It is His Covenant and Ultimate Plan.  Before you turn me off, let me suggest that if we examine the Full Abrahamic Covenant we discover something incredibly interesting.  I ask that you examine this with an Open Mind and see what is actually said, not what we think is said.  In any covenant, the most important part is the last because a covenant builds to the conclusion.

  1. I Will Make You a GREAT NATION.

God called Abram out to a land or a place where He begins telling him that in that place I will do something.  That got Abram’s attention as it should.  If Israel and their experiences in the Old Testament are examples and instructions for us in the New Testament and if Jesus has removed the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile and formed ONE NEW MAN we see something.  It is always first the natural then the spiritual. (1 Corinthians 15:46). The Great Nation in the natural was and is Israel but who is the Great Nation spiritually?

1 Peter 2:5 – “You (Believers) also, as living stones are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 

1 Peter 2:9-10 – “But you (Believers) are a chosen race, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possessions… For you once were not a people, but now you are the People of God; You had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy…”

             That is Incredible!  It almost sounds like God was confused, doesn’t it?  But the unmistakable understanding is that All Believers, those who are of Faith, are the People of God.  First the natural only, but now it is Faith Only!  But how do you get through the door of faith? Not by natural birth but by spiritual birth.  Hear me carefully, this is not a diminishing of the importance of the nation of Israel, but if we are not the People of God then we have no right to the Old Testament Promises because it was written to natural Israel, but now Jesus has torn down the middle wall of partition and made ONE NEW MAN. 

Galatians 6:15-16 – “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision but a NEW CREATION.  And those who walk by this rule, peace, and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” 

This is not a controversy over Israel it is an issue of us realizing WHO we are and embracing His Promise and Provision in today’s Church!  I want to address this just a bit more so we will pause here and pick up next time.  God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!

 

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