Jesus has more than 38 000 bodies……

21 08 2011

“From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Note: This is not a complete list, but aims to provide a comprehensible overview of the diversity among denominations of Christianity. As there are reported to be approximately 38,000 Christian denominations,[2] many of which cannot be verified to be significant, only those denominations with Wikipedia articles will be listed in order to ensure that all entries on this list are notable and verifiable.”

Isn’t it amazing that there are so many different churches and denominations out there? Each one believes in the bible, but has a different collection of scriptures that makes up its “faith statement” or “constitution” and belief system. One church believes that you must be baptised in water to be saved. Another believes that the baptism in the Holy Spirit saves you. Another believes that the virgin mother saves you, etc etc etc.

What a shame it is that we “Christians” are so divided about which collection of scriptures is God’s collection!!!! Surely if we have been born of God, we should speak one message? Surely there must be an answer to my question? There has to be an answer from God concerning this very serious matter? Surely someone “out there” must hear from God and speak His will on earth. I made this observation to God a while ago, “Lord, no one knows what’s going on. I’m tired of trusting man for teaching me who You are! I am going to find out the truth for myself!!!” This may sound very arrogant to some, but it was a deep cry for help from the Lord. To give you a little bit of background, My wife and I had been “fired” from a church network that comprised of many hundreds of churches. The “apostolic leader” as he was called, stood back and let this grave injustice occur. The worst part of it all was that my wife and I, fought tooth and nail in favour of this “apostolic network” prior to our dismissal. The reason for our dismissal was that we had thew wrong DNA. My wife bravely retorted in our defence, “but we are all supposed to have Christ’s DNA, NOT YOUR ORGANIZATIONS DNA!!!” We believed that this network were our “apostolic covering”. How ignorant we really were to believe this? To cut a long story short, we were dismissed and we decided to start an independent church. This was a blessing in disguise as the Lord Himself started teaching us His message. I remember asking myself during this turmoil, “Surely the religious leaderships around the world, church and denominational elders, must hear from God and find out what the true message is? What is the one message that we should be preaching? Is it the message of faith? Is it the message of prosperity? Is it the message of the Holy Spirit? Out of all the gospels “out there”, what is the message that God wants preached?

I remember being asked by people, “so what do you people believe?” I felt all churned up inside when they asked because it bothered me to know that there were so many differences amongst Christians.

Then the Lord began to teach us what His message was. Please note that we do not pretend to have any special new revelation whatsoever. This message is God’s message as revealed by the Lord Jesus Himself, to Paul.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal these deep truths in this portion of scripture to you. Please take special note of the highlighted portions:

Eph 4:11-25 KJV  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (12)  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  (13)  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (14)  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  (15)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  (16)  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.  (17)  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  (18)  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  (19)  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.  (20)  But ye have not so learned Christ;  (21)  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  (22)  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  (23)  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  (24)  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  (25)  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. …

This portion of scripture is a Key and template for the “church”. If we fail to see what God is saying through it, we will continue to have literally thousands of different gospels out there. We must preach Truth – the person of Christ.

The message that we preach should be Christ. Not building our faith, not healing the sick, not repentance and not any other message. We must see Christ is all.  

Gal 1:15-16 KJV  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,  (16)  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

What was Paul’s message? Was it Jesus of Nazareth? What does this scripture say he preached? It says that Paul preached Christ, and he preached Christ in him. I say it again, he preached Christ in him.

How awesome is that?

Rom 16:25 KJV  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

What was the gospel that was preached? It was a gospel that involved a mystery. What mystery is he talking about?

Col 1:25-29 KJV  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;  (26)  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  (27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  (28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  (29)  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Paul preached Christ in him, the mystery hidden from previous generations. The Holy Spirit revealed Christ in Paul to Paul. Then Paul began to preach this message to the gentiles. He didn’t preach Jesus of Nazareth. Paul was not taught this message by men. He learned it directly from God.

Gal 1:15-17 KJV  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,  (16)  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:  (17)  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

The unity of faith is the person of Christ Jesus in us. He is the One whom we should preach. Christ in us, the hope of Glory.

For more information on this subject, please go to our Blogsite: www.inchristinme.wordpress.com  and read “The doctrine of Christ”.


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13 05 2012
Beatriz

Amen! Christ in us is our hope of glory!
Everything we need is in Christ, is Christ!
And we are in Christ and Christ is in us!
What a privilege, what a mercy and what a responsibility.
No excuses, we can be His Body in reality, not just in doctrine! Members of one another, no divisions among us.
Christ is all and in all in the new man!
But the problem is that we don’t live Christ. He is not living in us and through us.
We are not willing to deny the self, the soul life, take the cross and follow Jesus according to His will, according to His prayer in John 17.
But God is God, and He will fulfill His purpose!
His overcomers, those who overcome the degradation of the church as seen in Revelation 2 and 3, will bring Him back to end this age.
Oh, Lord Jesus, build us as Your overcomers and come with Your kingdom!

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