Let’s pick up from the last post…
Matthew 16:18–19 (NASB95)
18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
If you haven’t read the post, Church and the Kingdom, please do so before continuing.
In the last post I tried to show you two very important things concerning the Kingdom of God. The first was the Church is not the kingdom, only a part of it. Second, though the church is not the kingdom, she must come out from behind the four walls of her holy huddle and begin to be the instrument upon the earth, which God created her to be in greater fullness.
To understand the keys of the kingdom and the power to bind and loose, we must look at who the Church is in relationship to Jesus because it is Jesus who gives us the example of what “God in a physical body” can do upon the earth in establishing the kingdom.
Who was/is Jesus?
John 1:14 (NASB95) 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The word “dwelt” here literally means “tabernacled”. In other words God took up habitation in the body of Jesus through the incarnation. He was the Son of God, God in the flesh. Everything He did while here upon the earth was done to destroy the works of the devil. Every miracle He performed, every demon He cast out, every healing, and every teaching was a demonstration of binding the power of the enemy on earth and loosening the glory and power of God upon the earth.
Who then is the Church?
Ephesians 1:18–23 (NASB95) 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (emphasis mine)
My friend I challenge you with the scripture before you to let go, trash, cast down, and walk away from every traditional mind set you have concerning the church simply being the building with the steeple on top! I pray with the apostle Paul that our eyes be open to the greater truths concerning this wonderful gathering we call “church”. The true church, the house of the redeemed, not the religious social club, is the physical body of Christ upon the earth today. The true church is the physical body in which God dwells today! We just haven’t grown up yet!
Ephesians 2:22 (NASB95)
22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:13 (NASB95)
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
Folks, it doesn’t get any plainer than this. You have to go off to seminary to be talked out of this pure revelation that any child who can read could understand. If given an open book test with the question: Who lives in the Church? The answer is plainly “God”. If posed with the question: “How much of the life/ministry of Christ is the Church to obtain?” The answer is “the full measure of Christ.” What Jesus did we are to do. We are to bind the works of the devil and loose the glory and power of God upon the earth. Miracles are to occur as the kingdom of God is demonstrated upon the earth.
…That’s just some food for thought as you go throughout your day. Are you kingdom minded? Is your church?