Radical Transformation & the True Church
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:13-18).
It has been said regarding the kingdom of God that “The Church is thus not only founded on Christ; at the same time it has Christ as the one to whom it stands in relation and as the goal of its growth. The Church is a realm of salvation permeating the cosmos, tangibly initiated by the death of Christ, but nevertheless not static, but growing in a historical development toward the norm established in Christ, its head.” With that indicated, the power produced on the cruel cross of Christ and the authority of the gospel message contained therein, forces earthly saints to ask a question about our genesis, design, purpose, and mission. The ontological question or premise must be advanced as the church sincerely assesses her influence on all dimensions, knowing that the gates of hell will not prevail. In church of Christology, what is our sequential influence; 1) On the home, 2) On the community surrounding the local congregation and 3) The world? This is extremely relevant and worthy of analysis because “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). How is the power being manifested? The church is the fulfillment of the people of Israel, not ethnically or racially, but theologically, founded upon the salvific deed of Christ. It is designed to bring God’s most complex and valued earthly creation back into harmony and equilibrium with Him. In terms of radical transformation and paradigm shift, the church universally and locally first consisted of Jewish and proselyte men and women. Such folk were first part of the Jewish faith, following the Torah and Ten-Commandment law system. Through their Christian conversion process, your spiritual ancestors truly became sanctified (separated), spiritually (regeneration, restoration, justification) and physically. Physically, their pre-Christian custom was to worship daily in the synagogue and corporately, every seventh day of the week (the Sabbath Day). However, the early saints understood their differentiation and distanced themselves from synagogue assembly, knowing they were under a New Testament or new covenant, paid by the blood of the Christ. Psychologically, religiously, and spiritually they understood themselves to still be Jewish, but they knew they were part of the completed salvation plan and scheme, predestinated before for foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). They viewed their Jewish family who elected to deny Christ as not complete and not real Jews spiritually. Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!