Wednesday, April 11 2018
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. I Corinthians 12:27
We the Body of the risen Lord are the exact representation of the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth, a supernatural race of "born again" Spirit filled believers, knit together and gifted to change the world! The kingdom of Heaven on earth is our primary residence and our purpose is to be His ambassadors to a fallen world in need of salvation.
No longer bound to this world, we have been liberated by the power of His Spirit and transferred into His kingdom to do the greater works and to carry out that which He commanded us as His disciples. Our message is to love, our mission is to tell and our mandate is to go! Armed with the gifts of the Spirit, the armor of God and the gospel of our salvation we are destined to reap a harvest of lost souls and make them into disciples of Jesus Christ!
Church is no longer a place to go, but a Person to be, the Person of Christ who is interceding for us at this very moment at the throne of the Most High, seated in the realms of eternal light as we carry out the mission here on earth. Never underestimate that which the Lord has given you as a member in good standing of the church (ekklesia) of the Firstborn enrolled in Heaven.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly (festal gathering) and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in Heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant. Hebrews 12:22-24
DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE
"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in in the Son of God, who loved me and gave His Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
We the Body are called to be dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ in everything, no longer bound to this world, we are a supernatural expression of Him and not of ourselves. We are subject to rulers and the laws of the land unless they are in disagreement with His laws in which case we are to obey God rather than man!
This world is not our primary citizenship because as ambassadors of Heaven we are to represent the Lord and His kingdom to the lost in order to lead them also to be followers of the Lord Jesus. We are in the world but not of it and we should be separate and not bring that which is profane and unholy into our assemblies! The reason there is no power in today's churches is because they have spread their legs to the world and the ways of it, bringing into God's holy temple, programs, traditions, paganism, and worldly schemes to fill their sanctuaries with nice clean middle-class white tithers to fill their treasuries with gold and compromise the word of the living God!
We are the temple, the sanctuary, the very house and home of the Holy Spirit and we are responsible to keep His temple pure and holy! There is a deadly counterfeit today erected by the devil to look like God's church, but in actuality, taken from the Old Testament, complete with priest, temple and ritual, but it is dead and lifeless, devoid of the Spirit and led by man. Beware lest you enter and become trapped in the devil's snare designed to hold you captive and keep you from your divine destiny!
"Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:17,18
ONE FOR ALL, AND ALL FOR ONE
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. II Corinthians 5:14,15
Like the Musketeers of old we are to serve our King and protect His kingdom from demonic attack. We have been given authority over all the powers of darkness and our weapons are mighty in God! Dressed in the armor of light we are a formidable force in the earth to be reckoned with!
We the Body have a commission from the Commander of the host, our Lord and Savior and that is to go and make disciples teaching them what He taught His disciples, to cast out demons, heal the sick and even raise the dead. We were never called to sit and listen to a talking head once a week, but to go into all the world with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ! The world is lost, dying and millions never follow Jesus, many others have never heard the true gospel and these descend into a fiery eternity in realms of darkness prepared for the devil and his angels!
Many today who claim to be Christians have no relationship with God, no power, no desire to please Him and their view of the world is purely political, far removed from the supernatural life of the Holy Spirit. Weekend warriors who never show up for the war, many of whom love America and the world more than God's kingdom, always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Jesus is coming soon for a spotless bride consumed in His love and on fire for His kingdom, filled with His Spirit and separate from the world.
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all and all. Ephesians 1:22,23
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin