Sunday, 16 December 2018

Christ Is God's Purpose For Your Life


"What is God's purpose for my life?" The question is often asked among Christians. The idea behind the question is that God has a plan for your life and you need to go find out what that is.

The truth is that God has only one plan for all Christians — Christ. The moment you become a Christian Christ becomes God's plan for your life, and you are to seek out Christ. Many waste so much time seeking for God's plan for their lives when God has hidden it all in Christ.

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Col 3:3).

Everything about your life as a Christian is now hidden in Christ. You cannot find God's purpose for your life unless you find Christ. It is hidden in him, the more you find Christ the more you will find God's purpose for you. You died, you don't have a life or a purpose, all you have now is Christ.

Only Christ lives, only Christ can do the will of the Father, only Christ has a purpose from God. You died, all that is left now is Christ, the more you grow into Christ the more you will grow into God's purpose. The more Christ is expressed in you the more you will express (or rather do) God's purpose.

You must allow Christ live in you, for only him can do the Father's work, only him can fulfill God's purpose. Hence, it is not about finding a thing called "God's purpose for your life", it is rather about finding Christ. Everything that God has for you is packaged into Christ, He has summed up all things into Christ.

"a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him [Christ], everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth." (Eph 1:10).

Everything brought together and summed up in Christ, God did this so that Christ becomes the only thing to pursue and seek after. People keep telling you that in life you need wisdom, you need honesty, you need humility, you need faithfulness, you need grace, you need blessings, you need favour, and on and on. It would be quite difficult pursuing all these many things at the same time.

Well, God has made it easier by summing everything in Christ so that you will only pursue one thing and have it all. You pursue Christ and you will find blessings, honesty, all the good virtues, grace, favour, wisdom and God's purpose for your life.

It is all in one package, that Christ might become your only pursuit, your obsession. No, we are not looking for a thing called "God's purpose for my life". The only thing we are interested in seeking is Christ because when we have him we would have all other.

Yes, when you have Christ you will have God purpose, and as you grow into Christ you will grow into God's purpose. As you die and live only by the life of Christ in you, you will end up living out God's purpose for you. It is all in this Christ.



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Friday, 14 December 2018

Christ Is "How To Do Church"


There have been this query on "how to do church". We want to know how a Christian meeting should be structured; what is the 'pattern' of the new testament church. So we storm the bible look for a list on "how to do church". Well, we know that in the bible we won't find a clear list on how to do church.

Look, God did not mistakenly omitted it, God is always very detailed with things. There in the Old Testament we see how much detail God gave concerning how the ark should be built (both Noah's ark and the ark of the covenant), how the priest clothes should be designed, how each sacrifice should be carried out, how the temple should be built etc. He gave details down to the kind of nails, clip and tread that should be used. God has not changed, He has not become forgetful, He is still very much the same, yet He omitted detail when it came to the new covenant.

Paul didn't write on the 7 steps to planting a church, he didn't write about the 5 structures inherent in every church, and he definitely did not mention the 3 prerequisites of a Christian meeting. Instead of us to ask ourselves why God purposely omitted these things, we just ignore all that, we don't care about what God wants. All we know is that we want a list and we must get it whether God likes it or not, so we storm the bible trying to construct, for ourselves, something that God didn't give us.

That is what we always do with our many theologies and teaches, always trying to construct a list that God never gave us. Even the whole idea of the "Bible" is to construct a book of the covenant that God didn't give us. We act as if God is foolish, as if He was so busy that he forgot to give us a covenant book, or a list on how to do church. And then we feel that we need to help God in His weakness, to help Him in His forgetfulness.

Who do we think we are? Always offering assistance to God as if He is so small that He cannot help Himself. We really have a very small view of God, we have often downplay this Mighty Being, may He forgive us. So God omitted these things, does that mean He is foolish? Of course no! Then why did He omit it?

A better question should be; how can you see Christ and still be asking for a list? The Almighty emptied Himself, pour it into Christ and gave us this Christ. How can you have him and still be looking for a book of the covenant, or a list of don't and dos, or some kind of "how to do" list?

Is Christ not enough?

Is he not enough to live the Christian life?

Is he not enough to do all that is needed to be done?

Yes, Christ is the "how to do" list that God has to offer. He has given us His fullness, and there is nothing left to give. He has totally emptied Himself in Christ, what else are we looking for?

Is the fullness of God not enough?

I will say it again, we have such a small view of God. How can you ask for more when you already have His fullness, is there anything "more" than the fullness of God?

What "more" could there be other than God?

Is He not sufficient?

Oh, I can go on and on, it is so sad how foolishly we have been thinking and going about things. So sad it grieves the Father's heart. May our eyes be open and may we repent from our foolish ways. So how do we do church?

Christ is how we do church, we see Christ and we become the church. It is always the seeing of him that brings about the church. The early Christians saw him and they became a church. Oh, they never saw a list on "how to do church". Can't you see, it doesn't work that way, let us abandon the mentality of the world and how dead men do their things.

It is Christ, he is all we need to see to become the church, the ecclesia of the kingdom. When we see him we realize that we are a family united by one life (blood), this life has made us one and we can't live without each other.

When we see Christ we want to meet and talk about him, we want to talk about how beautiful he is, how glorious, our attractive, how adorable, how amazing, how loving, how kind, how mighty, how wonderful, how pleasurable, how sweet, how joyful, how peaceful, how great, how marvelous, oh we can't stop talking about him, look at us going on and on and on about this Christ, this Christ, this Christ. Oh, this Christ, we just can't get enough of him.

When we see him we would want to demonstrate him, to demonstrate him to each other, to express the love that he has pour out on us, to imitate is wonderful acts, to be like the one we are obsessed with, to bear his image.

So we meet to be a family, we meet to talk about the one we are obsessed about, to express our adoration for him, and pour out sweet worship to this beautiful one. When we meet we want to express him to each other, to demonstrate the kindness that he has shown to you, to pour out the love he has poured out into you.

When we meet we gather to see Christ, this beautiful Christ and his diversity in his body. We want to see the many sidedness of Christ as expressed by each member. We want to behold the unsearchable, the infinite measure, the innumerable dimension and riches of this Christ.

That is how to do church, it is seeing Christ, it has always been about seeing Christ. Oh, if only we have a group of people, with close proximity, who have truly seen Christ then we would have the church in it purest and truest form. Yes, we would have a glorious church, a true expression of the ecclesia of the kingdom. It is organic, it has always been, for it is a matter of life, yes Christ the Life.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Christ Is The Worker And The Work Of God


We must understand that the New Covenant is all about Christ. The New Covenant is God cutting a stone not with the hands of man (Daniel 2:34). You remember Daniel's interpretation of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, a stone cut not with the hands of man strike the image of the kingdoms of the world and established God's kingdom on earth.

For God to establish His kingdom on earth He needs a stone cut not with the hands of man. This stone has to be cut by God himself, this is why God himself came as Jesus to cut that stone. It has to be Jesus, God does not need the hands of man conterminating the stone. Only Jesus should cut the stone, therefore the New Covenant is about Christ and Christ alone.

Only Jesus can do the Father's work, if any man wants to work for God then he must die and allow Jesus to begin to live in him. The man in him must be put to dead so that only the Christ who lives in him would do the work of God. Man's hands cannot touch the work of God, it will defy everything.

" I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:" (Gal 2:20)

The man dies yet he lives, but not him living but Christ. He can only touch God's work with that part of him that is Christ. The man must die daily, he must decrease so that Christ might increase in him. And the more of Christ he has in him the more he can do God's work.

It is only that part of him that is Christ that does God's work. For the man works yet not him that work but Christ working through him. It must be Christ doing the work through him otherwise it is corrupt and would produce only death. Yes, the works of man will only produce death, and Christianity is so dead today because of the proliferation of man's work.

Yes, you see man's work everywhere and that is why there is very little life in the body of Christ today. No, God must have only Christ doing His work, He does not want the hands of man. Away with that dirty thing, that hands that brings death. Let it die and let only Christ do the work of God.

"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:28-29).

"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Gal 2:20).

The only work that God wants us to do is believe in the Son, and it is by faith in the Son that we live his life. By faith we are dead to ourselves and by faith Christ lives instead of us. Faith is the only work that God ask us to do, we are simply to have faith in Christ so that he can live through us. For without faith in him we cannot live his life. So having faith in Christ is all the work that is required of you. The Christian work is Christ; we are occupied believing in the beloved Son so that he can live through us and do the Father's work. There is no other work apart from Christ, he is all that we are to do.




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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Christ Is The Evangelist And The Evangelism


The word "gospel" is from the Greek word "evangelion". Evangelion is not a religious word but a military word and it is the proclamation of victory in war or/and the enthronement of a new ruler i.e when a battle is won or a new king had been enthrone people run out to declaring the good news, especially if the former ruler was a tyrant.

With that you can understand what the early Christians have in mind when they used the word "gospel" or "evangelist". The devil has been the ruler of the world and he had rule with fear, enslaving the people and subjecting them to affliction. But then God's anointed one came (the word "Christ" means the anointed one) and when the devil saw him he tried to put him to death, however that death led to his glorification and enthronement.

Yes, a new king has been enthroned, the Christ, the one chooses by God, the Father's delight. Evangelism is the unveiling of the enthronement, the reign and the glory of the government of Christ. For the reign of Christ is only a good news if it is better and far more glorious than the reign of the former king. So the people must see the glory of his reign, they must see why it is good, and even better than the reign of the devil, they must see that indeed it is a good news, and then they can align themselves to the reign of Christ.

Yes, the evangelion is declared so that people can align themselves to the reign of the new king. Each government has it own administration, each reign has it own set of rules and system. The people must be aware that a new reign has began so that they can begin to sought after the rules of this new reign and align themselves to it. Yes, it is important that they know and understand that a new reign has began.

"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." (2Cor 4:3-4).

The former king, the god of the world, would not let people be aware that he has been defeated and a new king has taken the throne. There, Satan goes ahead to blind the people. He have already had them as slaves, so it is easy for him to force his will on them. He has now force them into blindness, covered them with a veil so that they won't see and be set free.

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (2Cor 8:32).

Christ is the Truth, only him can unveil himself, only him can tear through whatever veil, however powerful it might be. He is the one that tears veils, nobody else has such power.

"For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house." (Matt 12:29).

It is only the one who is stronger than Satan that can go to his house and remove the veil from the eyes of the people he had enslaved. No man can do that, for the devil has all men under his power.

“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone," (Rom 5:11)
"him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" (Heb 2:14).

Adam sinned and death spread to all men. Every man became subject to death, and this death is in the hands of the devil. Hence, the devil has man under his power. As long as man is dead he cannot free himself from the devil, he remains subject to the devil. So no man can remove the veil from any man's eyes, only one who is not subjected to death, only one who is not born of Adam.

Jesus did not came from the sperm of Adam, and as a result the death of Adam's sin did not spread to him. He is not a slave to death, he is not subjected to it, and as such the devil has no power over him.

"I don't have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me," (John 14:30).

Only Jesus can boldly make this statement, because only him is not born of Adam. No man can remove the veil that the devil has put in the eyes of the people, no man can help them see the good news. The evangelion can only be unveiled by Christ. He alone unveils the enthronement and glory of the new government.

So if you want to declare the good news and get people to see the evangelion then you must do it by Christ, and it must be Christ doing it through you. Anything apart from Christ cannot unveil the evangelion, it might unveil a teaching, a doctrine, a theology but not the evangelion.

To get the people to truly see that God's anointed one has been enthroned and he has started a new reign, a far more glorious one, then it must be Christ doing the evangelism. He is the one and only true Evangelist, any other Evangelist who is doing anything that has any true value is but a vessel of Christ.

If Christ is not the one doing the evangelism through that man then that person is not an Evangelist. Christ is the Evangelist in him, if it is not Christ then there is no Evangelist or evangelism. Hence, Christ is both the Evangelist and the evangelism. It is Christ as all in all, it is Christ alone.



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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christ Is The Pastor And The Pastoral


What is pastor? The word appears only 9 times in the scripture and only once in the New Testament. But from the little amount of time it appears in scripture we can still try to deduce what it means. It appears more in the Old Testament, and each time it is referring to the prophets.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." (Jer 3:15).

From the scripture we can deduce that pastors are meant to teach. They are to feed the people with the knowledge and understanding of God, to reveal to the people the mysteries of God in a way that they would understand.

"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD." (Jer 23:1).

The word pastor is gotten from pasture, and in some translation it is translated as shepherd. So the pastor is a shepherd and he must take the Lord's sheep to the pasture of the Lord and feed them.

"I [Jesus] am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." (John 10:14).

Christ is the Shepherd, he is the revelation of God, he feeds us knowledge and understanding of God. This Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the expression of God's nature and the radiation of God's glory, no one can reveal God like he does.

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2Cor 4:6).

In the face of Jesus our hearts becomes flooded with the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. It is in Jesus that we truly know God, he is the Shepherd that feed the sheep with the knowledge and understanding of God.

Another characteristic of pastor is to care for the sheep, all these are responsibilities of Jesus the Shepherd. We must understand that the New Covenant is all about Christ. The New Covenant is God cutting a stone not with the hands of man (Daniel 2:34). You remember Daniel's interpretation of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, a stone cut not with the hands of man strike the image of the kingdoms of the world and established God's kingdom on earth.

For God to establish His kingdom on earth He needs a stone cut not with the hands of man. This stone has to be cut by God himself, this is why God himself came as Jesus to cut that stone. It has to be Jesus, God does not need the hands of man conterminating the stone. Only Jesus should cut the stone, therefore the New Covenant is about Christ and Christ alone.

Only Jesus can do the Father's work, if any man wants to work for God then he must die and allow Jesus to begin to live in him. The man in him must be put to dead so that only the Christ who lives in him would do the work of God. Man's hands cannot touch the work of God, it will defy everything.

" I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:" (Gal 2:20)

The man dies yet he lives, but not him living but Christ. He can only touch God's work with that part of him that is Christ. The man must die daily, he must decrease so that Christ might increase in him. And the more of Christ he has in him the more he can do God's work.

Christ is the pastor, for Christ is the only one that can do God's work. God has no other pastor than Christ, therefore if you are to be a pastor you are only a pastor base on the measure of Christ you have. The truth is that we are all pastors; "because as he is, so are we in this world." (1John 4:17). Christ is the pastor, that means we are the pastor, but we are only pastor based on the measure of Christ that we have.

You can only do the work of a pastor based on the measure of Christ that you have, for God will not the hands of man touching his work. In the early ecclesia only the elders do the work of a pastor, this is because they have grown in Christ more than others in the community. They have a greater measure of Christ and as such they are charged with the responsibility to shepherd the sheep.

They shepherd yet not them that shepherd but Christ shepherding through him. It is Christ doing the Father's work, only him is allowed to do the Father's work. In the early Christian ecclesia they have more than one pastor. All those who have a greater measure of Christ are allowed to pastor.

In fact, it happens organically; once you are growing into more and more of Christ you will just find yourself caring for the sheep, feeding them. It comes as a natural instinct; whether or not you are appointed as a pastor you will just find yourself pastoring (feeding and caring for the sheep of God). You don't need a pulpit and a church building to do that. Wherever you are, and whatever opportunity you have you will feed and care for the sheep.

The pastor is not a profession given to those with special education (training). The only qualification needed to pastor is Christ, how much of Christ do you have in you? How much of his pastoring ability has he developed in you? These are all that is needed. It is only the Christ developed in you that can pastor, for Christ is the pastor.


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Friday, 7 December 2018

Christ Is Our Sufficiency


Men with their pervert way of thinking, always looking for some kind of security because they are filled with a sense of insecurity. He wants to have a huge figure in his bank account, he wants to have a secure job with a stable flow of income and until he has that he does not feel his future is secured.

That mentality has been inculcated into our head and immediately you are becoming a man you are already making steps to put all these things together in order to secure your future.

Christ is our secured future, why do we think that until we have these things we cannot boast of a secured future? Look at the animals, they do not have a bank account or a secured job yet they eat everyday and live their lives.

We must develop the mentality of sonship. No, we are not scrabbling for the little resources on earth. We are sons of the Creator, the one in whom all things originated from. We have His nature, He has given us Christ the power through which He created all things.

No, the resources are not limited to us, for the source of all things lives in us. Again, we are not scrabbling for the little resources on earth, there is no need trying to store up wealth, for the origin of all things is in us.

The mother cow doesn't try to store up milk, she produces milk, it comes from inside of her. All she has to do is ensure that she eats well and milk will come out when she needs to feed her little ones. Yes, all you have to do is ensure to grow in Christ for all things originated in him.

You don't need to scrabble and store as much wealth as you can, Christ in you can produce anything and everything that you want. The same place where salvation comes from provision also comes from there. There is sufficiency, there is exceedingly abundantly above everything you could ever need.

You have it all in you, so rather than trying to scrabble for resources like the people of the world, why don't you focus inward. Focus on the Christ that lives in you, the one from which all things originated from. Yes, Christ is our focus, he is all that we are after because when we grow in him we would grow in all things, for this Christ is not just the origin but also the sum of all things.

Christ in you is enough, Christ in you is all the sufficiency you need. He is all you need to survive, all you need to live a holy and righteous life, all you need to never know lack, all you need to make the right decision, all you need to live a happy married life, and so on. We should stop looking for things outside Christ.

I see Christians seeking for how to prosper, how to live a happy marriage life, how to fulfill their dreams and maximize their potentials. Christ is our potentials, he is our dream, our all in all, and in him is all that we need to be glorious, bright, happy and fulfilled. Yes, Christ in you the hope of glory, just rest in him, come to the realization that he is all the sufficiency that you need.





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Thursday, 6 December 2018

The Church Is The New Israel


"And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,... Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:... Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Rev 21:10,12 & 14)

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God." (Gal 6:15-16)

When Jesus was on earth he specifically gathered twelve disciples. He had more than twelve disciples but out of those many disciples he select twelve for a purpose. This was because the tribes of Israel were twelve. Jacob had twelve sons and Jesus selected twelve men because he was trying to start a new Israel. This new Israel was to spring out from twelve men just as Israel came out from the twelve sons of Jacob. That is why the book of Revelation calls these disciples the foundation of the Church.

Now a new Israel had been constituted out from the twelve disciples. A people who God choose not because they are too obedience and faithful but because of the promise He gave to their Father. Yes, the Church was chosen because God promised Christ saying:

"And so he will see his descendants; he will live a long life, and through him my purpose will succeed. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he'll see that it's worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many "righteous ones," as he himself carries the burden of their sins" (Isa 53:10b-11).

For the sake of Christ the new Israel was called an holy people, set apart for God. This is why Paul refer to one of the most sinful church he ever planted as "God's holy people" (1Cor 1:2). It is who they are, the Church is God's holy people no matter what.

Just as the old Israel was chosen because of the faith of Abraham (Gen 22:16-18), this new Israel was chosen on the ground of faith (Eph 2:8). The new Israel was delivered from the slavery and oppression of the devil by the mighty works done by God through Christ on the cross; where his soul was struck with the rod of God and water gush out from his side to drown the enemies. The new Israel was brought through suffering and travailing or groaning of their spirit into a glorious land - a land of rest (Heb 4:3,10).

God has chosen a new people - a people He would love no matter how many times they disobey Him, set idols in their heart, marry women from the other nations, kill His prophets and follow the ways of the world. This new Israel is the wife of God and God would never divorce her despite how unfaithful she is, or how she commit adultery with the world and frequently get drunk with sin and unholiness.

No matter how many times she persecute and kill His prophets, God would never give up on her and He would keep sending His prophets until she has make her way straight before Him. He would ensure that He fulfill His promise by giving her His kingdom unto eternity.



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