Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I
may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord.
9 “You looked for much,
but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it
away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in
ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.
10 Therefore the heavens
above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit.
11 For I called for a
drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and
the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and
on all the labor of your hands.”
12 Then Zerubbabel the
son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with
all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God,
and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him;
and the people feared the presence of the Lord.
13 Then Haggai, the
Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people, saying, “I
am with you, says the Lord.”
14 So the Lord stirred up
the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and
the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the
spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the
house of the Lord of hosts, their God,
15 on the twenty-fourth
day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius. Haggai 1.
Such a relevant event as the
construction of the second Temple of Jerusalem is due to a tremendous
miracle by the Lord, explained in Ezra 1, when the Lord of heavenly
Hosts stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, king of Persia (Iran, in our
times), who signs a proclamation whereby he instructs for the Jews to be
sent to Jerusalem to build the Temple because Cyrus says: Yahweh is the
only true God. This miracle is accomplished by the
Jews listed in Ezra 2:2. led by Zerubbabel; fulfilled, although
there were attempts to stop it, by the decree re-confirmed by Darius,
king of Persia in Ezra 5:5 as a response to the attempt of opposition
of the provinces surrounding Judea, which are the nations that,
nowadays, also oppose. It is also confirmed in 7:7. They are
all essential Texts of the Word of God to understand how God plans and
designs the construction of His Church.
Today, we see that
Jerusalem does not have the favour of the surrounding kings or leaders,
they are threatened instead, but the curse over those anti-Semite
nations, enemies of Judah, is still in force in the Bible, we see the
results, since the Lord is who will deal with Judah and Israel directly,
and not the world, in accordance with their hearts. It will be the fulfillment
of the pending prophecy, the conversion of the Jews to Yahshua the
Messiah, Jesus Christ, when God wipes their sins away, the same way as He did
with us, the rest of the nations, the gentiles who have received the
Lord as Saviour, because He loved us before, whilst we were still in our
sins, just like they are in theirs. This is what Apostle Paul reminds us
of in Romans 11:25-36 so that we are not arrogant.
story of Zerubbabel is the key of faith for building the
Church. It helps us understand that it is the Lord's work, not ours, and
that we have the privilege and responsibility of sharing it with Him.
God touches the hearts of ordinary people just like the heart of leaders
of all nations, and makes the great miracles of history. Let us pray so
that in our nations, today, we are given leaders who, like Zerubbabel
and Joshua, make it a priority for the pastors and all the brethren to
be able to dedicate ourselves to raise the Church of the Lord until
the coming of Jesus Christ on the air.
In my years as
a boy-scout one of my passions was going camping to the mountains
nearby, where we used to do abseiling, treasure hunts, cross rivers and
lakes on canoes and one time we even did a survival exercise, spending
the night on our own. Often we used to go to a place we knew well, close
to a mountain village, in a location which we used to refer to as the
base camp, next to the river. It was the meeting point and the place
where we planned all the activities once we had walked into nature,
going up the course of the river. At night we used to make a camp fire and we would all sit
around it to listen to stories that the teacher used to tell and we
would speak about the adventures we had experienced, and we sang songs. The
experience was as good as it gets for young teenagers; it was a healthy
atmosphere, the teachers were good people and we used to have a great
time with our best friends.
One of the adventures was
a real challenge, which not many wanted to do. It was called "the solo".
Spending the night on your own in the middle of the
woods was something
that not many kids fancied. We left the base camp and went up the river,
where each kid was left in a specific location, approximately 200 metres
away from the previous one, as we went up the meander of the river which
was about 3,5 metres wide in some areas, with small waterfalls and deep
lagoons where to swim. Once you were left on your own it's where it
started getting exciting for 12 and 13 year old kids, in an area where
there were some wild animals, a few foxes, rabbits, eagles and hawks. A
real adventure at the time. There were no mobiles or GPS devices. If you
had a problem you could always return to the base camp. I invite church
leaders to do these type of adventures with their teen groups.
The Lord reminded me of that unforgettable experience some days ago,
when I was writing about the Church, pillar and bastion
of the truth, since this experience holds a symbolic story
that will help many Christians to see their local church as a base camp
where they should always go to as a meeting point and to plan the
adventure of the Great Commission which the good Master Jesus Christ
instructed us with. This "solo" experience is where they will use their
talents and gifts of the Lord for the greatest purpose of all: to serve
the Lord, but it is also where they will learn to get the oil for the
anointment of their souls, like those five wise virgins who entered into
the wedding of the Lamb. Matthew 25. I recommend you to do prayer retreats,
like the Lord taught us in Gethsemane, the garden of the olive trees. It
was in Gethsemane, the base camp of our Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem,
in front of the Temple, where He drank the cup of our sin, where His
sweat was like
drops of blood, where an angel visited Him to strengthen Him, someone
who takes the prayers of the Church so that the
Lord would see the future of His work, where He used to meet with His
disciples to instruct them about the Great Commission, and also where He
was betrayed. The church, our base camp, the garden of olives,
Gethsemane. From the aramaic word meaning "oil press".
Both pupils and teachers enjoyed the base camp, just like Christians,
elders, the pastor and the church will also enjoy the spiritual base
camp, their church, their homes and meetings, to learn and live together
sharing all the activities and ministries that will change the lives of
those who receive Jesus as their saviour, through the Gospel preaching.
The river of crystal clear and drinkable waters that was the guide to the
base camp reminds us of the guide of the Holy Spirit, that will always
lead us to the presence of the Lord in prayer, like rivers of living
water in our soul, and to the congregation to share Christian life. At
the light of the fire of the Spirit, a deep and meaningful preaching
will shape the soul, the mind and the heart of
Christians, who will sing praise in the presence of the Lord. Prepared and comforted, knowing that we have a base camp,
fellow adventurers and teachers who, like the good shepherd, love the flock,
Christians can take part in the good works, from the heart, and in
the name of Jesus Christ.
There are certain requirements to create and build up a
good project for camping and adventure activities...likewise, it is
necessary to have a clear vision and God's love for the Church and for
all of its congregations, as well as wisdom from the Lord, in order to understand that they are Jesus' project
the Father has entrusted in the hands of pastors and prophets inspired
by the Holy Spirit who gives each and everyone of us, according to the
times, culture and country, a church project to bless souls. We
generally see the division of Christianity in many denominations as a
weakness, but it would be good to see it as an advantage and another
evidence of God's love for His people, adapting the manners and
practices to the
different communities. We all know that traditionalists, ritualists and
conservatives would never walk into a Pentecostal and emotional church,
and neither do congregationalists accept the episcopal or presbyterian
systems. But the Lord manifests Himself in every congregation where, setting
aside the forms of expression and government, doctrine is the sound
doctrine of the New Testament taught by the Master, and it is not that
difficult to walk in the Ways of the Lord if it is our will, like He
teaches us in Luke 11:9: ...So I say to you, ask, and it will be given
to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you...
God makes us partakers of His Kingdom in His Church.
THE CHURCH, THE LORD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH
citizenship is in heaven... Philippians 3:20
word "ekklesia" (church) appears for the same time in the Greek text of
the New Testament when Jesus refers to the congregation of His
disciples, those who confess Him as the Son of God through faith in His
redeeming work on the Cross as the resurrected Messiah who sits to the
right of God the Father. Matthew 16:16. The meaning comes from the word
used to call those outside to come in to gather, congregate or form an
assembly. The Church, therefore, is the temporary congregation on earth
of those of us who will be citizens of the Kingdom of the Lord, who will
live in the new creation, Revelation 21, called the Kingdom of God.
The Church is made up by all of us who have been called, and those who will
be called through our preaching of the Gospel, to become part of the
Body of Christ for whom He gave His life. The Church belongs to God.
Jesus Christ, Yahshua, died for the Church. The Holy Spirit governs it.
...Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
26 that He might sanctify
and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27 that He might present
her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such
thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5.
... For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16. The Church seen in parables is one of the Master's teachings.
The Lord compared His Church with His bride, His body, His flock, His
house, His kingdom... Christians are the citizens of that kingdom and we
live temporarily on earth, but our destiny is not of this world, but of
the one to come, where we will reign with God throughout eternity. ...My
kingdom is not of this world... John 18:36.
to become part of the Kingdom of the Lord it is necessary to be born
again from the Holy Spirit, who will baptize us in Jesus Christ making
us members of the Church through faith in God's plan for our salvation.
God's plan is, and is fulfilled - as we already know - in the redeeming
work of His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary as Lam of God that
takes away the sins of the world. To believe in God is the key and His
message is that we believe in His Son Jesus Christ as our Saviour. 1John
5:11, Who takes us to the Father: ...I am the way, the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through Me...John 14:6.
By believing that the only way to reconcile ourselves with God is
through God's plan for salvation, for which He gave His Son Jesus
Christ, we recognize that we are sinners and that we have no merits of
our own to save ourselves, receiving God's salvation through
His love, not through Law which we are unable to fulfill. One we have
believed through faith, the Holy Spirit looks after us and makes us
become part of His Church until the second coming of Jesus Christ to
establish the new heaven and the new earth where the Lord's justice
dwells. In the meantime, we live sharing a Christian life with our
brethren, working for those who still need to receive the Gospel of the
Kingdom of the Lord.
In order to announce to the open public
our new Christian condition who has been born again through faith, John
3:3, and join in as part of the Church and a specific local congregation
or church, the Lord taught us and instructed us to baptize in water as a symbol of
the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ gave us His example by
being baptized Himself by His cousin John the Baptist to fulfill all
righteousness. Once we are members of the Kingdom of the Lord we
celebrate the victory of our King, Jesus Christ, partaking in the
Holy Supper, taking bread and wine that are the symbols of the Body and
the Blood of Jesus Christ, until He comes down from heaven, and thus we
will bear witness, not only on earth but in heaven, in presence of the
angels, here and now, that we are children of God, body of Christ, a
nation of kings and priests of the Kingdom of the Lord.
Once we are all members of the Body of Christ, or Church that He has
bought for the price of His own Blood, we are spiritually built in a
personal growth through the teaching of the Holy Spirit of the Word of
God to give Him the glory, taking the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Lord
to those around us for the salvation of our neighbour. We commit
ourselves to attend to worship the Lord, because we love our heavenly Father, we come to the Church to
praise Him and to get ready to preach the Gospel to those around us and
invite all those who do not know the Lord to attend the Church.
As members of the Church, and our church in particular, we will be part
of a work project to help others who are in need, spiritual, physical,
mental or emotional need, in the circumstances of their lives, to praise
the Lord because we love Him and our neighbour. Grateful,
because God has transformed our lives
into lives full of plenitude, purpose,
commitment and spiritual victory for the regeneration and for His
immense mercy and compassion towards us, we also want that those who
convert to the Lord enjoy His blessings.
to a specific church must be based on God's love. In our church is where
we will find that love and where we will enjoy a brotherly fellowship
amongst our brethren, who are our real friends,
where one feels part of the Lord's family, where the disciple of Christ
can be part of the Lord's family, and where we will enjoy serving Jesus
Christ with our lives, until His coming.
A mature and
trained Christian has a ministry, a mission to fulfill that is know to
all as "The Great Commission" in Matthew 28:19: ... Go therefore
and make disciples of all the nations ... this is how the Church
has been going for two thousand years throughout the world preaching the
Gospel. The commitment and obedience to fulfill the Great Commission is
though Matthew 22:37-40, the Great Commandment, the love of God. The
church where we share our lives must provide us with sufficient tools
for spiritual growth and training to be effective for the work. A
Christian must pray and search with the Lord for his/her gifts to serve
in the Church and, once they are identified, get to work with them,
taking part in the different ministries that make up the work of the church.
The church we belong to must teach the Word of God in sound doctrine,
theologically based on the Bible as the sole guide of conduct and life
according to the New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A theology that
must be the same as the one taught by the Lord's apostles, taught by the
first Christians of the New Testament. It must be governed by pastors
and elders who emanate God's love, brotherly love and knowledge of God
and His Word. That they have evangelization projects using all means
within their reach. That they worry about the brethren so
that they enjoy a close, friendly and brotherly relationship, so that
they grow to their full potential, helping them in all the needs of
their lives, making sure that all members participate in worship, praise,
the Lord's Supper, evangelization and good works, giving glory to the
That they have projects for the neighbour in good works, which are so
badly needed. That it is all done for the Lord's glory. Then, those
Christians who really want to be part of the Church of Christ has found
- or should we better say that the Lord has taken him to - a church that
is part of the True Church of Jesus Christ. Now the Christian must
prove, by his fruits, his commitment to surrender his life to Christ and
lay down his life for the brethren in the Church carrying his cross to
win new souls for the Body of the Lord.
... For where two or three are gathered
together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. Matthew
... the hour is coming when you will
neither on this mountain, n
If, in your Church,
you do not find the Biblical structure, fight for it. If you do not try,
nothing will improve; be patient, pray and share your commitment with
the elders in your church. If you have attempted it and is not possible,
look for another church where you are part of the Body of Christ. The
structure for a Christian to develop his Christian life as member of the
Church of God is explained in The 7 Pillars of Christian Life and
Church, which we can read below, where one can clearly see that it is
the Lord's powerful hand which makes it possible, through Jesus Christ,
for the Holy Spirit to turn our lives into effective lives for the Great
Commission, for our own spiritual joy, and filled with the Lord's love
for His glory.
THE 7 PILLARS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHURCH AS THE
KINGDOM OF GOD
The 7 pillars of God's project for building the
structure of Christian life as Church and Kingdom of God on earth lead
us to the change of mind called repentance, to change our heart, our
life and mission, and to receive the Lord's blessing:
1.- John 3:16
Because God loved us first, whilst we were still in
our sins, when we did not love Him, and loved us in such a way that He
gave His Son, His first begotten, the One He loved, the Son in whom He
was well pleased, the perfect Son who loved the Father and was able and
courageous, because of His love for us, of offering Himself out
of His own will to die on the Cross descending from His
throne in Heaven. There is no greater love than this. This is the beginning of God's work.
... For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
2.- John 1:12
This is why God sends us a messenger who preaches the
Gospel to us, and through this preaching we receive the gift of faith.
Faith is the Lord's gift. The Gospel of John calls this gift the Work of
God: ...Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that
you believe in Him whom He sent. John 6:29.
... But as many as
received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to
those who believe in His name. John 1:12.
3.- John 3:3.
The Work of God, as we have read above, is faith,
which brings us to repentance or change of mind, making us receive the
Son of God as our Saviour, because this is God's plan for the salvation
of human kind, there is no other. Faith makes us be born again so that we
can see the Kingdom of God and enter inside it.
... Jesus answered and said to him,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.
4- Mark 12:29
When we are born again, we become a new creature to
Christ's spiritual likeness, Who grants us, through spiritual birth, a
new heart full of God's love, and this makes us want, willingly,
and not as an imposed commandment, to fulfill the main and Great
Commandment loving God, brethren and neighbour.
Jesus answered him, “The first of all the
commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
you shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your
strength.’ This is the first commandment.
31 And the second, like
it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no
other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29.
5.- Matthew 28.
Man, by nature, does
not bring God's love in his heart, or love towards his enemies because
this is against human nature; but God has shown us in His Son Jesus
Christ - Yahshua - that He is the most powerful force that changes man's
heart. This new love that we experiment and that comes from above -
which we have identified as love for God - makes us become
evangelists because we love our neighbour who do not know God, so that
they can save their souls and enjoy God's presence today and until His
Kingdom comes. This love allows us to be able to fulfill the Great
Commission of Matthew 28 to give God glory and praise.
... And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All
authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 Go therefore
and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, 20 teaching them
to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18.
6.- 1John 3:16
Christian has two spiritual legs to walk with. One is preaching the
Gospel, and the other one, good works. If there are good works but the
Gospel is not preached, we are walking lame. If we preach the Gospel
but we do not help those in need, how does the love of God abide in us?.
Christian life is a life of fullness for the Glory of the Lord. In order to
help us walk with the two legs in shape, there is nothing better than
bending them and kneeling down every single day in our privacy with God
so that, in Jesus' name, as members of our church, the Holy Spirit sends
us out to do those works that we have been designed by God for, and by
witnessing through them we can preach so that whoever listens may enter
the Lord's Kingdom if he receives God's work in His heart, God's faith
... Do not marvel, my brethren, if
the world hates you. 14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the
brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
15 Whoever hates his
brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life
abiding in him. 16
By this we know love, because He laid down His
life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has this
world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from
him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children,
let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
19 And by this we know
that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
20 For if our heart
condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 1John
7.- Revelation 21.
Our hope of life, the promise of the
Gospel of salvation, His coming, to establish and live in the Kingdom of
the Lord eternally. We are also given this hope in Revelation 1:7
where it describes how the Lord will come with clouds, just like He
ascended, and every eye will see Him. This is our hope, not just for us
and our beloved ones, but also for our neighbour, those who will listen
to us and receive Christ and who will also be transformed and come to a
new paradise of the Lord throughout eternity.
... Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea. 2
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down
out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud
voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the
tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they
shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow,
nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have
passed away.” Revelation 21.
THE 7 CHURCHES OF REVELATION. CHARACTER FOR THE KINGDOM OF THE LORD.
In Revelation 2 is where we find the characteristics of
the 7 churches of those times, but they are a reflection of the
character of the church throughout the times of the Gentiles. In that
description we will learn, briefly, some characteristics that are
approved by God and
some warnings in order to prevail on the Way of the Lord.
The church in Ephesus can be identified with the
city where there was a temple and worship to Artemis or Diana, who is
the symbol of the idolatry to a mother-goddess. But additionally, the
warning is that they have left their first love, and this is their love
for Jesus Christ. The two of them go hand-in-hand, When the love for God
cools down, there is idolatry. This is where Paul had problems with
Demetrius, who was a silversmith who made shrines. Ephesus was also a
cross-roads of trading routes where idolatry was distributed to the rest
of the world of those times. Many people stopped buying idols due to
Paul's preaching, and Demetrius' business dropped, hence he complained
to the authorities.
The virtue of patience in the test of those who are not
true apostles, and hard work for the sake of love of the Lord's name.
This is the character of the first church, adopted from paganism. Called
to repentance returning to the first works and thus being able to eat
from the tree of life, that is in the middle of the Lord's paradise.
The church in Smyrna is identified with myrrh, due
to its name; the bitterness of hosting false Jews and the synagogue of
Satan, but the Lord asks to be faithful until death in order to inherit
the crown of life and not to suffer harm of the second death. It can be
related with the church made up by Jews who wanted to judaize
amongst Christians of the first millennium a.D.
The church in Pergamum is identified with the pergamum
paper, which is the origin of the use of this name due to its famous
library, which was only second to the one in Alexandria. The Lord warns
that He has the sharp two-edged sword, which we all identify with His
Word, the Bible, that can either bless or condemn and is more powerful
that the sword of the world, the human knowledge that was available
there. This knowledge, taken to the extreme, makes men turn it into
idolatry and its consequence - in the case of images - is fornication
and every marital disorder, since when someone has idolatry for
something he/she leaves God aside, the true spiritual husband of the
This does not mean that God does not want us to have historical,
scientific or philosophical knowledge, amongst others, but it is
absolutely essential that the Word of God is in our heart first. The
Lord says that is we are faithful He will give us the hidden manna, the
food of His Word in revelation and He himself in Holy Supper, until His
coming, to eat with Him in His Kingdom, and the white stone with our new
The church in Thyatira is also related to the
worship of idols, due to the fact that the greek-roman culture was
essentially idolatrous, and every town had their own god or patron. It was
the place to trade purple, the symbol of grandeur that was used in royal
clothing, temples, etc. In spite of this, they had works, love, faith and
service but they tolerated a prophetess. The Lord is who searches the
minds and hearts, He knows what we cannot see in every person, whether
they are or they are not true worshippers of the Lord. But in Thyatira
there were many who did not have doctrines of idolatry and they will
also receive power over the nations and the morning star. It can be
identified with those Christians who did not accept the Vatican's
doctrine before the protestant reform.
The church in Sardis, the capital of Lydia, also
related to purple, it is not complimented for the perfection of its works,
on the contrary, it is warned that it is spiritually dead. It is usually
related with the church of the end of the middle ages. As
opposed to the purple garments, they are offered white garments, the
ones preferred by the Lord in their spiritual meaning. The grandiosity
humbleness and salvation opposed to the purple of the self-centred
grandiosity of pride. Those who overcome will not have their name
deleted from the book of life, and it will be confessed before the
Father by the Son.
The church in Philadelphia is seen as the perfect
church, the evangelical church that lives for Jesus Christ and for the
neighbour. Its name relates to brotherly love. It has the virtue of
keeping the Word of God, therefore there is no idolatry and they
praise the name of the Lord. We also see that it is related with
those who call themselves Jews but they are not, and the Lord speaks of
His love for this church, also symbolically linked to the true messianic
or Christian Jews, who - together with the Gentile Christians - make up
the people of the Lord. We shall be kept
from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, a symbol
of the rapture of 1Thessalonians 4:17. Those who overcome shall be made
a pillar in the Temple of God receiving His name.
The church in Laodicea is where we find those who,
in the end of times, and generally, show themselves as "enlightened",
they know everything and they do not look for how to serve the Lord and
the Church but their own glory. It is interesting to point out that
Laodicea was the most advanced ophthalmic treatment centre at the time,
and a famous city for their ophthalmic ointment. Therefore the Lord
advises them to buy spiritual eye-salve for them to see. The Lord
reproaches this church for being lukewarm, which He abhors - and so does
anybody that has the fire of the spirit of the Lord. The gold
refined in the fire is a symbol of the need to have our feet washed, because the gold of our lives needs to be refined from the
dross of sin under the fire of the Most High. God loves us and therefore
He disciplines us. He is at the door and knocks, if anyone opens the
door of their heart to the preaching, the Lord will come in and dine,
and we will sit down with Him in the Throne of God.
This is our reward, once we are in the Way of Salvation through Christ's merit, live a life of blessing
where we see God's hand and the work of the Holy Spirit in the calling,
the restoration and the salvation of God's people.
Are you committed with your church to fulfill the Great Commission? Do you find in your church an efficient
project to succeed in it? If you dislike being in the Church now on
earth and you do not want to live a Christian life and share it with
Christians, how are you going to spend eternity with them? As long as
the church where one attends is a true reflection of Christ's church, a
Christian will want to be part of it, and not being just a simple
attendee to listen to the preaching, whether it may be in a home or a
building. The local church is like an emergency hospital, where people
arrive with destroyed lives looking for healing. The call to "repent"
was useless and they mocked when they heard it; the preaching and
warning during the times of abundance, health, youth, etc but suddenly
their lives receive, like Job, the payment for their acts, the payment
lied to themselves thinking that they were righteous before God
in their own mind, rejecting God's love who gave His son for us. The
world does not help them out, society demolishes them even more. Most of
the members of our church came to us in that state.
Man has to convert twice, one from earth to heaven and
another one from heaven to earth. In other words, man has to convert for
his salvation and then he has to convert to being a servant in order to
bring salvation to others. The shorter the time someone spends in the
first phase (the one of salvation, personal salvation and training -
and this is the need for good church to have a specific discipleship
ministry for spiritual growth and training, as well as to build
commitment and shape the person's character - the longer that they will be able to
work to win souls for God, for His glory and for the
blessing of those who receive the Gospel, fulfilling the Great
Commission of Matthew 28 as members of their local church, that is part
of the universal Church.
Our base camp, like Gethsemane, will provide us with the
project, anointment and fellowship of our brethren, but
also of the love of God amidst His church as well as in worship and in
our "solo" moments, when we pour our soul into the Lord's heart.
... These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly;
15 but if I am delayed, I
write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the
house of God, which is the church of the living
God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1Timothy 3:14.
...And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and
this life is in His Son. 12
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does
not have life. 1John 5:11-12.
We are citizens of the Kingdom of the Lord, we work for the Kingdom of
the Lord and we await the coming of our King Jesus Christ to establish a
new creation, the return to Paradise for eternity. In the meantime, let
us live like citizens of the Kingdom, let us give glory to our King,
confess the name of Jesus Christ, Yahshua, to the world around us,
preaching the Gospel and making disciples and new citizens, inviting
them to our churches. May the anointment of the oil of Gethsemane and
the love of God be poured in the hearts of all of us who have been loved
by the Lord, to bless the heart of the Father. May the blessing and
peace of Jesus Christ reign in our spirit. Amen.
SELECTED BIBLE TEXTS FOR "THE CHURCH -
THE KINGDOM OF THE LORD"
3 “ Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall
enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in
if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely
the kingdom of God has come upon you.
24 Another parable He
put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of
heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 but while men slept,
his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat
and went his way.
31 Another parable He
put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of
heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in
his field, 32 which
indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is
greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the
air come and nest in its branches.”
36 Then Jesus sent the
multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him,
saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 He answered and said
to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the
world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the
tares are the sons of the wicked one.
39 The enemy who sowed
them is the devil, the harvest is the end
of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
40 Therefore as the tares
are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this
age. 41 The Son of Man
will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His
kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice
and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing
and gnashing of teeth. 43
Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun
in the kingdom of their Father. He
who has ears to hear, let him hear!
MATTHEW 16. The construction of the
15 He said to them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You
are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and
said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has
not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18 And I also say to you
that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the
gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give you
the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will
be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed
in heaven.” 20 Then
He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was
Jesus the Christ.
MATTHEW 18. Behaviour amongst
3 and said,
“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little
children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
MATTHEW 18. Building a team in order
to win souls for the Kingdom
15 “Moreover if your
brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him
alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he will not
hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three
witnesses every word may be established.’17
And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses
even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax
collector. 18 “Assuredly,
I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and
whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning
anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in
the midst of them.”
MATTHEW 22. Christians searching for souls for the Kingdom
of the Lord.
1 And Jesus answered
and spoke to them again by parables and said:
2 “The kingdom of
heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 and sent out his
servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were
not willing to come. 4
Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are
invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and
fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the
But they made light of it and went their
ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.
And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed
them. 7 But
when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his
armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his
servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not
worthy. 9 Therefore go
into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together
all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who
did not have on a wedding garment.
12 So he said to him,
‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was
speechless. 13 Then the
king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away,
and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing
of teeth.’ 14 “For many
are called, but few are chosen.”
Good and evil
people go in, the only condition is that they wear a wedding garment.
That garment is the blood of Christ. We must have accepted His Salvation
which, by faith, takes away our sins. Whoever does not have a garment is
cast away, to hell.
25. The 10 virgins, the parable of the oil which we started
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took
their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Now five of them
were wise, and five were foolish.
3 Those who were
foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took
oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 But while the
bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight
a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
7 Then all those virgins
arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’ 9
But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for
us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for
yourselves.’ 10 And while
they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in
with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other
virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
12 But he answered and
said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore,
for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is
Have you already got your oil? If you
don't, go into your privacy and pray, praise and do.
30 Then the angel said to
her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will
conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call
His name JESUS. 32 He
will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the
Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33 And He will reign
over the house of Jacob forever, and of His
kingdom there will be no end.”
62 But Jesus said to him,
“No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God.”
9 And heal the sick
there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has
come near to you.’
ACTS 2. Christian life.
43 Then fear came upon
every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
all who believed were together, and had all
things in common, 45
and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as
anyone had need. 46 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, 47 praising God
and having favor with all the people. And the
Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
ACTS 11. Christians in Antioch for
the first time, example of the first churches.
19 Now those who were
scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen travelled as
far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but
the Jews only. 20 But
some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to
Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus.
And the hand of the Lord was with them,
and a great number believed and turned to the
Lord. 22 Then
news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and
they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.
23 When he came and had
seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with
purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.
24 For he was a good man,
full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added
to the Lord. 25 Then
Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul.
26 And when he had found
him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they
assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And
the disciples were first called Christians in