Audio Length 56:23
The Effective And Powerful Church Of Jesus Christ Our Shepherd
The theme to this study in the Holy Spirit is how to be an effective ambassadors in Jesus Christ on this earth and to be powerful against the devil and his advancing kingdom corporately as the body of Christ, The body of believers and uncompromising followers of Jesus Christ our God, Lord and King. The Holy Spirit is building on the foundation of why Church is important in our lives in Christ Jesus. So as we continue from our last study: what made the 1st Century Church glorious, powerful and effective?
1). Love for God/Obedience (the fear of the Lord)
4). Genuine holy love for the brethren
5). Fellowship/breaking of bread
Means: ‘A being united; oneness.’ To be many separate parts, united as one body, as one member. A team if you will, found in: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. When the Holy Spirit speaks about Church, He’s not just referring to as individuals who goes to church, but also as individuals when united in Christ, by the workings of His Holy Spirit makes up one body (the Church) of Jesus Christ who is our Head. That’s what the Holy Spirit is referring to here in this study. The 1st Century church was united, as to say united in belief, doctrines and living in Holiness in Jesus Christ our Lord. Which was known then as: ‘The Way’ found in: Acts 9:1-2; Acts 22:3-4; Acts 24:14. Soon after, the church became known as Christianity as is still known today. And this term originated from the church in Antioch according to: Acts 11:25-26. The word “Christian” means: ‘Christ ones. Christ like.’
One church, one denomination which our Lord Jesus had prayed for found in: John 17:20-26 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
In fact, The Lord Jesus in the 1st Century church was their commonality that bound all believers and followers of Jesus Christ all over the known world then, as one and one church in Jesus Christ. If you take a closer look at the letters to the churches in the New Testament, you would see quite clearly the evidence of their strong unity, which was found in their greetings to one another in love through the Apostle Paul. Examples:
The greetings to the Church in Corinth [Kawr-inth]: (Greece) 1 Corinthians 16:19-21 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s.
To the Church in Philippi [Fil-uh-pie]: (Greece) Philippians 4:21-22 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
To the Church in Colosse [Kah-luh-See]: (a city in the roman province of Asia (western Turkey) Colossians 4:7-18 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here. Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” This salutation by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
The point here is that these were brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ who were from many different regions, greeting one another through the Apostles and servants of the Most High God. This is one of many evidences of the strong unity and love for one another in Holiness.
But satan has been dividing the church, little by little, over the millennia’s since then and so far has been successful, where we have today many persuasions and denominations. And that’s not good, because we are now divided and all these: false blasphemous teachings, straying away from the basic Biblical principles to practical living. Church lacking the love for God and of the brethren. Replacing salvation of Jesus Christ for prosperity that cannot save just to name a few. All this has caused divisions. Unity is one of many reasons how the church in the 1st century was glorious and still put us to shame today. In each church all across America, there are division that are not Scriptural.
It would be one thing if sins or false and bad interpretations of sins causes division as God’s Holy Word warns us: to turn away from such people who are not willing to live according to this Holy, Righteous standard of living as God’s Word has instructed us in: 2 Timothy 3:1-9. But what’s so hard about taking the Word of God for what it says at face value, through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit and not by our own interpretations, wisdom and understanding. And be united in and through Jesus Christ whom is ultimately our commonality. In fact it is even mentioned that the 1st century church had all things in common and was in one mind and one accord (unity) according to:
Acts 2:42-47 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul (the fear of the Lord. And because of this unity), and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
This passage of Scripture is showing us how to be the glorious church of Jesus Christ:
1). Continued steadfastly in the doctrine (of what we have today as God’s Holy Word)
2). Fellowship, breaking of bread together
3). Prayed together (corporate prayer)
4). They feared God as was taught in: Job 28:28 & Proverbs 8:13
5). Were together and had all things in common (Biblical and doctrinal unity)
6). Praising God continually
7). Faithful in going to Church
Because they lived according to these factors, they truly were a glorious and effective witness here on earth. This passage of Scripture also reveals to us this important truth, that the church today lacks as a whole body, the power of The Holy Spirit in: Verse 43, “and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”
Now the difference between then and now is that the church does not live together today as they had in the days of the Book of Acts. Many believers and followers of the Lord Jesus sold all their possessions including houses. And those who kept their home invited other believers and followers of ‘The Way,’ to live with them. To work and to have fellowship with one another, breaking of bread daily from house to house according to: Acts 4:32-37. And of course we are not there today. And the Lord is not commanding any of us to sell our homes to live with each other as like in a commune. But they had a real genuine, deep holy love for God and for one another, and they were faithful to God. And this is the point: They were effective and powerful where ever they were because of this love for God and for one another in unity and in fellowship being faithful to God.
Another major difference between the church then and today is the sign of the times. The 1st Century church did not have open buildings like we do today. Instead the church gatherings in the Book of Acts were in homes. And that’s why they also went from house to house not just to have fellowship with one another, but also to have church. And the church eventually were forced under ground due to heavy persecutions, which we have not seen in America yet. Today we can still worship God openly and freely in a specific building for all to see. But we are far from those days of true unity that this Holy Bible defines it as. Our Divisions today are unscriptural. So therefore, what does God’s Word say about divisions? It teaches that Sectarianism is sin
1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing (the word of God and what it says, not what we think it says which is speaking in the flesh), and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment (of God‘s Holy doctrines). For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you.
Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, lest anyone should say that I had baptized in my own name. Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas. Besides, I do not know whether I baptized any other. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.
The Difference Between The Children of God And Children of satan
It’s no wonder why the church in this last generation is ineffective, failing and lacking power as a whole from the Holy Spirit here in America. We are not united nor are we firm in the true Theology and Doctrines from God’s Holy Word (The Holy Bible) as one body of Christ. We are not united in Holiness that’s for sure. Nor are we united in the love for one another in Jesus Christ our head. True genuine holy love of the brethren and not just lip service. If you truly love God, you will have this kind of love for one another. Because it is born in the Holy Spirit.
1 John 2:3-11 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He (meaning the Lord Jesus) walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.
Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
And only the children of God has the Holy Spirit as Lord Jesus has told us in:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
As the Word of God teaches that those “born again” from God has the Holy Spirit. Therefore they are children of God. Holiness as well as the fruits of the Holy Spirit are the evidence of the Holy Spirit living in those who are born again. And the world cannot counterfeit this. But those who are not born of God neither has His Son nor has His Holy Spirit, therefore they are children of the devil. There is nothing in between. Either you’re a seed of God (seed of Abraham) or a seed of satan. And that’s what’s wrong with churches today as well. People are feasting at the supper table of Jesus Christ and the table of demons.
1 John 3:7-10 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He (meaning Jesus Christ) is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
When this Holy Bible tells us what sin is specifically or what is abominable in the sight of God Almighty, then it is us that needs correcting. Because God will not change what has been written. For all that has been written cannot be erased, eradicated or abolished till all things has been fulfilled. The Holy Bble stands forever and all humanity including that of the household of Jesus Christ will be judged by it!
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
The Holy Spirit is talking about holiness and sin. In this day and hour the church is becoming slowly the church of satan, being confused what God has said and means. And the world is becoming equally confused and baffled as well. They do not understand what the difference is between religion about God and relationship with God. This could be a sign that many ministers who preach and teach on the Holy Bible are not a child of God whom does not have the Holy Spirit in them. Because they are falsely teaching secularism and universalism and calling it the Word of God. teaching good is evil and evil is good.
Or brothers and sisters in Christ that just can’t seem to get along. That’s an attitude problem that the Holy Spirit can adjust and straighten out with our humbled obedience. But it is no wonder why all this is happening. According to the gallop poll from the study (“The Importance Of God’s Holy Word”), it is evident that not many of us are reading and studying God Holy Word. Therefore we are susceptible to false doctrines and lying spirits having their hay-day in Christ Jesus’ Church because for the most part there are too many Christians in this day and hour who are absolutely ignorant of what the Word of God says, commands and corrects! All this has been going on for some time starting with divisions. A kingdom does not crumble in a day, its all a slow process like cancer such as: complacency, laziness, guilt of sins, ship wrecked faith, ignorance, arrogance, pride and apostasy (the absolute lack of hunger and thirst for God)! And it’s all finally catching up with us now. We must wake up and repent, for truly the Kingdom of God is Near. As the song goes, ‘Lets get right Church and lets go home!’
Unity is what made the 1st century church so powerful as in the days of the Book of Acts. Which is showing us today without this unity, there will be no revival because unity is a major ingredient for national and regional revivals of the past from God. (check out the video: Transformations: ‘When God Comes To Town’ @ the end of the study “The Importance Of Prayer”) There are 2 types of Churches. You have the secular church (which is the church of satan.) And you also have the true Church of Christ Jesus, The Son of God. And how do you differentiate between the 2? As the Lord Jesus taught:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
“While He (The Lord Jesus) was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.” But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
That’s how you can tell. The true Church of Christ are the ones not only in the will, but also does the will of God. What I personally find fascinating is that when the true Church tells the world how to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the Lord Jesus, in denouncing all sins and to continually live Holy by the help of the Holy Spirit. They laugh, mock and reject that basic truth. But when they see a Church fall or a Christians fall or is sinning, they judge saying, ‘See I knew he or she wasn’t a true Christian… look at ‘em, they are a bunch of hypocrites telling us how to live when they cannot live it themselves.” And they are right. Because their heart is testifying that they know enough what sin is. They also know enough of what this righteous walk requires in Jesus Christ The Messiah. Even the secular world knows the difference between the true Church of Christ and a Church of lies. And what’s even more fascinating than this, even though they know enough of the truth, they are still looking for a Church of compromise to confirm their sins to be good or at least alright, hoping that God will wink and nod people into Heaven because they think they are good enough or they have good Church attendance.
But the Gospel fact is that if anyone of us claims to know Jesus Christ and are living righteously according to God standard through His Holy Word, then you are a true child of God. There is nothing in between! What part of “holy” do we all not understand? The word Holy means: ‘Godly, consecrated by God’s Holy Spirit. Set apart for God.’ (Set apart for God’s use).
1 Peter 1:13-17 Living Before God Our Father
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Gods Word commands us to come out from among them (meaning come out from among the secular, sinful ways of the world. From the secular Church (the church of satan) and be separate, Be ye Holy for I am Holy thus says the LORD!
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “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.”
Holiness doesn’t mean being perfect. But striving to live to please God. To hate the profane and unclean things that God hates. And love what God loves. that’s the evidence of a true Christian who knows and loves God and also been baptized (born again) in the Holy Spirit! And striving to live Holy is the evidence of the Holy Spirit in the true “born again,” child of The Most High God. Hence His name: “The Holy Spirit.” The Spirit of God Most High Himself. A lot of people thinks that the most important facet of Gods character is Love. It is a major part, but His Holiness is above all other attributes of God. In fact the four living creatures whom God has created as His own living surround sound stereo, never ceasing to proclaim day and night constantly around His thrown:
“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
They are not proclaiming around the thrown of the Most High God and His Only Begotten of Son who sit at His right hand: “‘Love, love, love is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Or “‘Peace, peace, peace is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” But is Proclaiming who God is: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. And He has called His children to be Holy, Holy, Holy. If it were impossible to live a life of Holiness unto the Lord, Than Lord Jesus Himself would not have commanded the prostitute who was also caught in adultery ‘go and sin no more,’ found in: John 8:1-12.
The Powerful Church
With the Love for God and for one another, the fear of God, unity and fellowship came the power of the Holy Spirit upon all the body of Christ, found in:
Acts 4:23-31 Prayer for Boldness
“And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord (corporate Prayer) and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the Lord and against His Christ.’ “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants (disciples) that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
They all prayed corporately aloud for boldness so they can go out and evangelize the community, not keeping to themselves inside four walls of an upper room. They truly had the heart to share the Great news of our Lord Jesus Christ and understood that they needed boldness to do so. They also recognized that they needed the power of the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Most High God to reach the hard hearted heathen, the spiritually dead and blind with the demonstration of the power of God in order to be an effective and glorious witnesses against the kingdom of darkness of this fallen world. They remembered what Lord Jesus taught:
John 14:12-14 The Answered Prayer
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
Mark 16:14-18 The Great Commission
“Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; (at His resurrection from the dead) and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
We need to remember what He has taught His disciples then, today. Because I’m speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we need to reach the lost with this same anointing that has been promised not only for yesterday, just like in the days of the Book of Acts, but desperately for today as well, and even more so than ever before! Signs, wonders and miracles has not died with the last Apostle! Has not died in the first century! God is still looking for a willing vessels and tools, His true Church without spot, wrinkle, or any such blemish to pour out His Holy Spirit unto, so He can show off His glory here on earth today, just like in the days of the Book of Acts! God still uses ordinary people for His use, to do extraordinary things according to His plans purpose and will! He is still searching for His obedient Bride. Because in this day and hour we need God’s signs, wonders and miracles to testify His Word we preach as the absolute Truth under the anointing and subjection of The Holy Spirit! Going out with a word alone is not good enough. The Apostle Paul bestowed unto us today this revelation wisdom that will revolutionize our faith in Christ ever-so increasingly.
1 Corinthians 1:21-25
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
But here’s the point since Jews look for sign and Greeks (or Gentiles another words) seek after wisdom:
1 Corinthians 2:1:1-5
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
But in order to be used like this, we are to live Holy and righteous according to God’s Holy and righteous standards from His Holy Word daily. Not just for reasons of keeping Salvation. Not just to represent God as ambassadors as His Holy Spirit lives in us. And not just for the sake of hypocrisy, or to please God Most High. But we live Holy in order to be effective for the kingdom of God as well, demonstrating the real and awesome power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And to demonstrate how real He is in our own lives, in us through us and around us in the workings of His Holy Spirit as His ambassadors in Lord Jesus mighty name! Not just individually, but corporately! The corporate body of Christ Jesus our King, Lord and Shepherd! To be effective and glorious against the powers of darkness in this last generation.
But since the American Church lacks these important qualities, as this study has covered, how are we supposed to be a powerful and effective Church (individually and corporately) against the influence of satan and the powers of darkness in this last age? How are we supposed to be a powerful and effective witnesses in this nation and anti-Christ society, if we deliberately and continually go astray from God’s Word and fight and rebel against His Holy Spirit constantly? To be just like the secular world in how heathens think, act, speak and operates. Being tolerant with sins in our own lives and in the Church. That’s not the way of Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus was not tolerant with the hypocrisies of the Pharisee’s, because they were supposed to represent God as His Priests, Holy and blameless. And the Lord rebuked them sharply (Matthew 23). He was not tolerant of sins and corruption being practiced openly in the Holy Temple Of His Father (Matthew 21:12-17). And He is certainly not tolerant with cities nor nations that has heard the Gospel Message and knows God’s righteous requirements for living and refuse to repent in the face of God Almighty (Matthew 11:20-24).
He has called all those who knows Him and are in Christ Jesus to be separate from the secular world, starting from His treasured possessions (the Jews). That was one of many points of the law. For God to spell out what He means to be separate from the world and the patterns there of. Such as: washing of the hands, eating certain foods and the mildew laws . No other nation in the world were doing this at that time when God introduced to the Jews this law. It had nothing to do with salvation or being obedient to God. But rather for Israel to be the most healthiest nation in the World under God. The 10 commandments: to be a morally healthy and powerful nation in all the world, showing who God is and truly being free from filth and corruption of sins by teaching convicting and correcting through His Word that literally proceeded out of the Mouth of God Most High Himself (Exodus 19-20). Or how He did not want them to have a King (a mere sinful man) over His own treasured possessions, because God (The Holy One of Israel) is King above all Kings and Lord above all Lord (1 Samuel 8)! He wanted them to be separate from the ways and patterns of this world in every way. To be different from all the nations of this fallen, corrupted and sinful world. This was all written for our examples today. God Almighty has still shown us what sin is throughout His entire Word and He has not changed it nor has changed His mind on any of what He has said or commanded.
If we do not truly repent, meaning to change our minds (to align ourselves with His Holy Word) and to turn away completely from all sins and wickedness and turn to the Living God before He comes like a thief in the night (the rapture). Then He has no other choice then to cleans the Church by force in awesome and holy judgment. To separate the fake from the real Church of God by force. Because He promised to come back for His bride (the Church), The glorious Church without spot, wrinkle of any such blemish! And He will expose them all that are not right in His sight for our benefit not for our destruction. For Jesus Christ is the light of the World and light exposes what is hidden as surely as sins and corruption will be found out always by force! It is all done for our benefit, getting us ready for His return.
So how does the Church becomes the Holy, Glorious Church that Jesus Christ is coming for before the tribulation period begins, according to: Revelation 7&8? By going back to the basics. The basic building blocks of our faith in Jesus The Christ. What His Word has taught and continues to teach us, as long as we continue to abide in Him. Such as: repentance, then submission unto God The Holy Spirit as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, following the call of discipleship. Followed by getting our priorities straight with God’s will, and plan as He purposed in us (Our Priorities). Getting to know God Most High through reading and studying His Holy Word cover to cover, year after year for the rest of our lives, faithfully. Because this relationship we have with God is like marriage between a husband and wife.
Without reading His Word there is no convictions because the Holy Spirit convicts through His Word (The Importance Of God Holy Word). Finding out what sin and abominations are in the sight of God, so we can be holy and pleasing to God, undergoing His Holy Spirits process of sanctification. Having a real and true fellowship with God our Father/Creator (The Importance Of God‘s Holy Word part 2). Knowing that we can put our trust in Jesus Christ, and heeding the warnings God as He already set before us. Learning how to walk the narrow road (The Importance Of Gods Holy Word part 3).
Learning how to be strong in the Lord (The Importance Of Prayer). Learning the basics of why we pray (The Importance Of Prayer part 2). Learning how to pray effectively (The Importance Of Prayer part 3) and powerfully as we enter into real serious spiritual warfare (The Importance Of Prayer part 4) And why Church is so important in Our lives in Christ Jesus (The Importance Of Church) Learning to be alert, Being ready continually for that day when the Lord Jesus appears in the clouds for His glorious Bride. And it all starts with each of us individually under God.