(This post was written a few years back and just never posted, hope you enjoy and comment on it with your thoughts.)
I just don’t get it? God said he would do it!
Matthew 16:17-18 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 tell you, you are Peter,and on this rock I will build by church, and the gates of of hell shall not prevail against it.
I fell into the trap too. Call it heritity,stupid, don’t care attitude, going with the flow, I didn’t know better, I never read the bible to know different, there is more but these are just a few of why we have gone on for so long not knowing God’s in control. For to long now we have relied on that sunday morning ritual of just going to church and hearing that sermon about why we are not who we should be, and let me tell you where you went wrong speech. (I am truly sorry to point this this out but it is true)
We as people,(not necessarily just christians) have been under the impression that we are to help God make the Church? Let just sit back and think about this one,k. what did you come up with? Now, my God is Big, He is awesome, He can do anything,(creation),He can Say anything and make it happen.(light),He can be anywhere,at the same time,He is with me,He is with you as you are reading this! WOW.
Now, why would God rely on us to do some of his work for Him? Don’t know about you but I make alot of mistakes! Don’t think God has that in mind in making His Church. Did you know that us christians have been working on the church for over 2000 years now. Boy, I think I could build a structure by myself in that amount of time, I know, not quite the same thing. But if understand the reasoning behind this you will start to understand that only God can do it.
Here, in my eyes, is the problem. We have it backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Say what? Yes!
Let me explain, God thru Jesus,is the body. It is this that if we believe, are in Christ which is His body/church.
Let me share an analogy with you. Most people that know me know that I am a Huge Nebraska Football fan. I collect things,shirts,jackets,hats and footballs with the Huskers on it. You see, I have bought into to the notion that I am apart of the team, even tho I am 8 hours away from the stadium, and the huge crowd of fans. I watch on tv like I was there, I holler when they win, and wimper when they lose. I am a Husker.
Now,beware there are alot of us out there, we are in your neighborhood, could be your next door friend, but we are all over the world. You know who they are, because we will tell you,over and over again. We actually have little bodies of people that meet on saturday’s and watch the games,too.
The fact that there are 86,000 plus people in one place enjoying the Huskers play in Lincoln,Nebraska on saturday’s in the fall is just moment in time that all husker fans are in one place at one time. When in fact that when the game is over, they all go back to their homes around the country. This still makes them Huskers. It is that we(husker fans) are in(to) the huskers that we are one as a entity. Being a Husker is an identification with the team, we are the body of it in essence.
Now go back and re-read my analogy and this time substitute the word huskers with the word Church/body.(I prefer to use the word body, in this sense because of ‘church’ always being used as a double meaning of a building.)
You can also use the illustration of the old testament of the Israelites as God’s people that were designated as His. It was never illustrated by God, that they were not his people when they were not all together at a specific point or day. They were the body because they were God’s people, and God’s definition of them was their loyalty to him and his ways.
Wow, this just blows my mind when I think of it this way!!
But just remember that it is first that we are in God thru Christ that makes us the church. It is as His people,His Israel, His bride, His Body that we are Indwelt in Him that makes the Church. Believing that Jesus was the new example of creation(2nd/New),that makes us apart of the new creation.
I hope that you can maybe see this in a different light and that you will ask questions and see if you can see where we have put the cart before the horse.