As soon as you read the news, or have any interaction with the world, you begin to see how corrupt and evil the world is today. The Bible explains that Satan is the ruler of this world (John 12:31) and that the whole world is under Satan’s influence (1 John 5:19).
The earth was originally created to be a place where God and man would rule over His creation and where God would have His full authority and glory. (Gen 1:26-28).
Sadly, because of man’s disobedience, sin entered the human race and man, who was to be the expression of God’s glory on earth was corrupted.
God did not give up! Adam failed but JESUS CHRIST as the LAST ADAM (1 Cor 15:45) succeeded! Jesus became the start of a NEW CREATION to replace the current old failed creation (2 Cor 5:17).
Today, in the midst of this fallen creation, God is doing a recovery work. The new creation in Jesus Christ has already begun when He rose from the grave 2000 years ago. (Col 1:18) and anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and has received His life, is part of this new creation! These are members the body of Christ which consist of all true believers and followers of Jesus Christ.
Since we are the body of Christ, the beginning of the new creation, the recovery of the earth (Rom 8:19-22), the CHURCH (Col 1:18), we must realize that we Christians must be separate from the world despite living in it. The Church, which is His body must be the representation of the Glory, wisdom, majesty, authority, holiness, and purity of God’s nature and kingdom on this earth. It must If not, then what else?
Where can people go today to find evidence of this holy kingdom and see it’s glory? If not the church then where? Certainly there are many good Christians who are very devoted in their walk and greatly love our Lord, but it’s God’s intention that the CHURCH, not just individuals, manifest His glory. As Ephesians 3:10 says, the intent is that the manifold wisdom of God should be made known BY THE CHURCH to the principalities and powers.
The Church today has degenerated to become merely a Sunday service, a man’s organization, a fellowship group, a charity. According to the word, it is the very counterpart of Christ in holiness, majesty, and glory! (Eph 5:25-32). The Church is “bone of His bones, flesh of His flesh”. The church as the bride of Christ is to be pure and consist of nothing but the life, the spirit, and nature of her husband, Christ! Christ Himself declared that He will build His Church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it! (Matt 16:18). Wouldn’t something Christ builds be PERFECT? How can we accept the current condition of Christianity today with all its mixture with the practices and pleasures of the world, corruption, love of money, dead religious practices, superstitions, empty traditions, revering of man, and many other abominations? If we see how Jesus was so consumed with zeal about the house of God (John 2:17), how can we treat the Church as such a minor thing?
This massive confusion and mixture has already been predicted in Rev 17 where it’s referred to as the Great Harlot or Babylon. In Rev 18, God calls His people out of her!
You may ask, what can I do about this? To truly understand, you must pray and ask our Lord if all this is true. Ask Him to show you how much He desires a glorious Church and ask Him what you should do. For something this important, He will certainly open your eyes. Eph 5:32 call this a “great mystery” and this is particularly true in this age of confusion but God can give us a “spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Eph 1:17).
Today, God needs people who see the need to recover the true testimony of the Church, who are willing to leave behind all the division, confusion, and mixture of religion and work together to recover the Church.
Our God needs all of His people to stand fast for the Kingdom of God on the earth — the Church!
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