“The church is always to be under the Word; she must be; we must keep her there. You must not assume that because the church started correctly, she will continue so. She did not do so in the New Testament times; she has not done so since. Without being constantly reformed by the Word the church becomes something very different.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Watch this, God’s Word is flawless! Oh, the Bible says, “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.” Read Psalm 12:6 (NIV).
Ladies and gentlemen, the Church is a place of purification and refining fire. The Bible says, “And I will be to her a wall of fire all around declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.” Read Zechariah 2:5 (ESV). Listen to this, “Is not My Word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]?” says the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks the [most stubborn] rock [in pieces]?” Read Jeremiah 23:29 (AMP). According to Thayers Greek Lexicon, the CHURCH is a gathering of citizens called out! In other words, separated unto a higher call or purpose. Now, this applies to all of humanity, hence the Bible says, “For God so loved the world…”
Sometimes, one can misunderstand the role of the Church, but the Bible is clear when she says, “And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to Himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and He has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God.” Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (TPT). The Church is not a physical building, it is the people who make up the Church, therefore, investment in the word right from the pastor to Church leader and member is critical. It is the foundation upon which we build everything God has instructed us to do.
So, here is my question, what is the Church about? What is the role of the Church in the socio-economic space or political landscape? Listen to this, “The Church is called to be a critic of the state when the state fails to obey its mandate under God.” — R. C. Sproul. There is hope for the world, and the Church is that conduit to which you and I belong.
My Father, thank You for the Body of Christ which You instituted. Thank You for I belong to a body so rich in grace and mercy, and for that I am grateful.
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