The Bystander Church Must Repent!
The church of Jesus Christ is not just a gathering of believers who come together to worship the Lord, hear a sermon, and have coffee and pie.
This has lent in creating the passive bystander model that the church is stuck in, and which is diametrically opposed to what the Bible teaches.
And what is done contrary the Word of God will never have the fullness of God’s blessings on it.
The church is the most powerful human entity created by the Lord with the ability to fill the earth with His glory.
The church was built on the Hebrew family system of all being team players.
Shortly after the death of the Lord, the Greek system of independence and complacency that we see the church, arise.
This is absolutely opposed to the Biblical model for the church, and its tragic.
I, as a church leader, am called to facilitate the move of the Holy Spirit in His body of believers.
If my focus is to be recognized as minister “such and such” and preach, while the body of Christ is my bystander, I have defeated the Lord’s purpose, and stand guilty before Him.
The church is the only human entity that as His body, completes Christ who is the Head, and makes the invisible God in the heavens, visible in His glory on the earth.
As Christ’s body who completes Christ, the head (FULLNESS), the church is the only human entity, who possesses the attributes, qualities, and the very essence who makes Christ to be Christ, exclusive of anything else in the universe.
This is what the word fullness, means.
The responsibility of the church, through the ministries of all, is to reveal the Lord’s fullness, upon the earth.
Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
That you will have the fullness of spiritual strength required to seize and possess with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height,
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
And to increasingly know the love (Of Christ), that in its limitlessness is like a homerun hit over all head knowledge of Him, so that the church may be filled with the all the qualities and attributes that makes Christ to be Christ, exclusive of anything, or anyone else.
The required strength, and the fullness of the breadth, length, depth, and height of Christ which is required to manifest all of Christ’s attributes, on the earth, can only come through the church ministering as an active body and not passive spectators.
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The church’s most important job is to bring forth the glory of the Lord into all the earth, and throughout all eternity.
Glory is defined as the end product of the invisible God becoming visible.
Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The glory of God is of supreme importance.
Through it, men are ushered into eternal salvation, healings take place, people are set free from demonic oppression, spiritual gifts are demonstrated, and revival of nations which ultimately change civilization, are carried out.
Mark 6:56 and as many as touched him were made whole.
Civilization’s most essential requirement, and its most desperate need, is to be capable of beholding an invisible God, who desires to make Himself plainly clear, through Jesus Christ, in His glory, through a proactive church.
A passive church, will never carry out this!
The key to all of humanity’s needs, past, present, and future, are locked in the Person of Christ.
To the proportion that the invisible Christ becomes visible to humanity by His glory in an active church, is to the exact proportion that all mankind’s needs will be met and answered.
This can never occur through a bystander church!
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Greek: “His wife did make herself ready.”
The word ready, heitomazo, is to take the necessary measures to get everything ready.
“Hath made herself ready” is in the Greek aorist active indicative tense that describes the responsibility of the wife of Christ out of her own volition, to make all things ready, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
This does not happen through a passive church.
It could either mean that Christ did come, and His wife, the church, as the result of His coming, prepared herself fully.
The other scenario is that Christ’s wife, the church, completed her preparation in obedience to the will of God, and Christ then came.
I favor the second scenario.