THE CHURCH (concluding part 2)

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The priceless value of the Christian is played up by Jesus in Matthew 13:45-46. We are so priceless it took God all His power, so to speak, to settle the sin question in Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (v.20) Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead”. Four words all expressive of strength. The first underlined ‘power’ is the Greek dunamis (doo’-nam-is): ‘force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself) a latent power’, dunamis says that God exerted a latent force. ‘Working’ is energeia (en-erg’-i-ah): ‘efficiency [energy]’, which is the efficacious force inherent in God. Next is ‘mighty’: ischus (is-khoos’) ‘forcefulness’ -this is visible power that leaves you in no doubt of forcefulness of power to expect from what is seen. Kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor [” great”], (literally or figuratively),’ a depiction of the greatness of His vigour. Four is the number of creation; a creation of a new species of beings, who will wield divine operativeness. After the White Throne judgment our glorification will be an astounding spectacle. Wherever you look on earth you will behold each one looking exactly like God. God here, God there; at every location it will be God, God……. Now you can appreciate the scripture which says, “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him;” Isaiah 64:4. And also Romans 8:19, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

Being likened to stones does not imply that we are of the commonness of the cheapest rocks. As the glory of the man is resident on the woman, so are we made to publish the glory of the Almighty on earth? We are His treasure, hence, of most expensive, highest quality precious mineral: we were sought for in the earth, in the water, Matthew 13:44-47, and for the safest security of our existence we will be going up in rapture.

The Jerusalem Temple is said to be one of the first place of plunder in any military invasion simply because of the quality of gold that went into the beautification of the temple. If God did instruct in the architectural design of an Old Testament temple (where not even one person got born again), I do expect Christians to feel an uneasiness congregating in a poorly structured place fit for beggars’ abode. But they will always use frugality of piety as an excuse. “Jesus lived not a life of ostentation,” they will quip. Did Jesus do what they would definitely do (going by their pious mind-set) if they should be honoured with the expensive perfume? They will cry themselves to hoarseness with, “Perfume?!! Worldly! It is sinfully of the god of this world!!!” They fail to bring into remembrance, of the scripture, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich [2Corinthians 8:9]. I can hear some, still refusing to see the scriptural picture, arguing that this riches is the one to be given in heaven, and not considering the instruction the Lord gave in, “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come” Luke 19:13. The instruction, ‘occupy’ is: pragmateuomai (prag-mat-yoo’-om-ahee): ‘to busy oneself with, that is, to trade’.  

Occupy comes only twice in the whole Bible and the other place is Ezekiel 27:9 where it is the Hebrew ‛arab (aw-rab’), meaning: ‘to braid, that is, intermix; technically to traffic (as if by barter); also to give or be security (as a kind of exchange)’. Occupy, in this context, is to do business. Christians, you should be the richest on planet earth and not the Christless, Satanists, atheists and unregenerate people. This is the gospel truth. We should be the pace setters in fashion (to erase crazy nudity), technological advancement (that gives God, and not the spirit of Humanism, all the glory), business (to promote equity) and in entertainment (which Masonic Illuminati uses to pirate illicit drugs and blatant meretriciousness).

“And the gates of hell, shall not prevail against it,” is the addendum in Matthew 16:18. The conjunction, ‘and’ is kai (kahee) -having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force- means: ‘and, also, even, indeed, but’. Jesus is informing us that just as He will be constructing an architectural edifice spiritually He also will be involved in this mentioned addendum; therefore, kai is key, here. Gates, scripturally, speaks of power, entrance and of security; which is indicative of the eventual, incursive power wielding of hell. Hell is hadēs (hah’-dace) ‘(From Greek ‘a’ (as a negative particle -not) and eido (see, understand); it means properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls.’ Hell is of death or Satan. The next auxiliary ‘shall’ which is from kata (down, against) and ischuō (is-khoo’-o) ‘to have (or exercise) force (literally or figuratively)’ is katischuō (kat-is-khoo’-o) meaning: 1. to be strong to another’s detriment, to prevail against 2. to be superior in strength 3. to overcome 4. to prevail or overcome.’ ‘Not’ is ou (oo) ‘(the absolutely negative adverb) no or not i.e. never.’ ‘Prevail against’ is katischuō (kat-is-khoo’-o) and is the same as ‘shall’ above. Twice, the Lord Jesus shows how secured the Church is and which is indicative of her impregnable invulnerability, underscored by ou. Autos (ow-tos’) is the Greek for ‘it’: ‘{a reflective pronoun (from where the English get automatic} means: 1. himself, herself, themselves, itself 2. he, she, it 3. the same.’

Only in the Church shall the LORD God be found. It is His sole dwelling temple. The Noah’s ark of these last days. The only medium of evangelizing the gospel, which when everyone, all over world, had heard then the end will come, Matthew 24:14. This is the custodian of the TRUTH –The Church.

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