The Government of the ONE TRUE CHURCH
There really is no other simple way to describe the government of the ONE TRUE CHURCH as anything other than an absolute monarchy. An absolute monarchy is one in which there is only one head, and that head has ALL authority.
Ephesians 1:18-23 "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all."
This government came from Heaven as a result of the fulfillment of all things pertaining to the plan of God for mankind's redemption.
Hebrews 5:7-9 "In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation."
Philippians 2:8-11 "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
The head of the church is Jesus Christ. Christ was given this position by His obedience to the Father's will. Several times in His prayer, Jesus said "Not my will, but thy will be done". Our perfect example taught us that keeping and doing God's will is the most important thing of all time for us and the church.
Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God upon His own throne. All action of the church is to be done by His authority. Since God and Jesus have spoken to us through the word, it stands to reason that we must have Bible authority for our actions as a church and as individuals.
Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father"
Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness'."
This teaches that our actions must be according to God's will or else they are not approved by Christ. Many just throw out the precious name of Jesus as a front to do whatever they want, and somehow they feel justified in doing what they want, whether God or Jesus approves or not. They have their day coming, and what a tragedy it will be for so many believers to be turned away from heaven.
God, Christ, the Holy Spirit all have given us the authority over the church. Since they reside in heaven, it is safe to say that the authority of the church comes from heaven, and all of it's laws are heaven sent.
Since the Bible is the word of God (John 17:17), it is safe to say that any action not approved by Bible example or teaching is unauthorized in our worship and service to God.
As a church, our worship is directed towards God the Father. And even though Christ and the Holy Spirit are a part of God, our focus is truly upon the Father. Jesus Himself taught such in John 4.
John 4:23-24 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
The elements listed above give us the totality of our being in our worship to God. Our spirit is the inner self or more appropriatly, the heart of man. The truth is the outward physical actions that we perform in our service to God. Both of these elements are required for true worship.
Unfortunatly, many just seek to worship him in spirit. Many do not take the Bible as their guide in their conduct or behavior or belief. Many people get caught up in the emotionalism of the spirit and it is a very powerful emotion. But they must never forget that to worship God requires the truth also. This is why many who profess Jesus will be lost. They do not seek His righteousness as a priority in their lives or actions.
Thus, in conclusion, the government of the church originated in heaven. It came from heaven, and it resides in heaven. Those of us who serve, are under the authority of heaven, and our worship is directed towards heaven. Or more specific, to the ONE who resides there; God.
Is your church from heaven or men? Or, who rules and makes the laws for your church?
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