Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Church Is Spiritual

 

The Church is the body of Christ, therefore to understand the nature of the Church we must understand the nature of Christ - the resurrected Christ. The Church is the body of the resurrected and glorified Christ. This would bring us to the question who is the resurrected and glorified Christ. Christ was made flesh when he came to this earth. He was just like every other man only that the seed that form him didn't come from Adam. But after he died and resurrected he had a new body, not a body of flesh but a spiritual body.
"But someone may ask, “How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?"... there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish... It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies." (1Cor 35, 38, 42-44).
Christ resurrected in a spiritual body, he is no longer just flesh but now spirit. Paul echoes this when he said, "Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more." (2Cor 5:16). Christ use to be perceived from the flesh (with the 5 senses of the flesh) but now after his resurrection he can no longer be perceive by the flesh but by the discernment of the spirit because he is now spirit. The Church is the body of the resurrected Christ, made with the same substance that constitute the resurrected Christ. If the resurrected Christ is spirit then the Church is spirit.
God is spirit and he wants to bring everything to the fullness of Himself. This means everything would become spiritual. This is why Christ came, to reconcile us to God so that He might fill us with Himself through Christ and bring us to the fullness of Himself which is spirit.
"the Lord—who is Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image" (2Cor 3:18).
The work of the Holy Spirit in us is to transform us into spiritual beings, for this is the way we become the fullness of God. By the Spirit we are being made to conform into the image of our Lord who is spirit. In us there is still an ongoing work but in the Church the work is already perfected and complete. The Church is not flesh, she is totally Christ, totally spirit. She is already finished, she is already the fullness of God.
"And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ," (Eph 1:23).
"But the heavenly Jerusalem is free, and she is our mother." (Gal 4:26).
"you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn," (Heb 12:22-23)
The Church is completely Christ, she is heavenly. She is nothing of this earth, there is no flesh in her neither is there any earthly things in her. She is born in heaven, originated from heaven and utterly spiritual. The Church is spiritual as such it can only be discern with spiritual senses. You cannot perceive the Church with physical senses. Jesus said, "The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” (Luk 17:21). The Church is the embodiment of the Kingdom and she too cannot be perceive carnally. You can not point to anything and say, "this is the Church". Yes we are the Church but we are made of spirit and flesh but this Church has no flesh in her, nothing earthly exist in her. It is only that which is born of God in us that is the Church.
"They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God." (John 1:13).
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6).
There is a part of us that is born of God, a part of us that is spirit and not flesh. That part of us is utterly Christ and it is what constitute the Church. It is only that which is spirit in us that is the Church, therefore we cannot say we together with our flesh is the Church. You cannot point to a group of people and say, "that is the Church", because what you see there is flesh whereas the Church is spirit. Only that which is Christ in us is the Church, if we are very much carnal then we have very little of the Church in us as a body of believers. If a group of carnal Christians gather there is very little of the Church there. But if these group of Christians have experience the cross and have a fuller measure of Christ in them then you can find more of Church in their fellowship. Therefore the Church cannot be discern by the flesh but by the spirit. We must have our spiritual senses open in other to see the Church. Also we also need to note that the local church is the perfect mixture of the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of the Christ in a group of believers. The Local church is not just a group of people but a fellowship of the spirit of just men and the spirit of Christ.
In other to better understand what I explain here I would describe an experience I had. I was in the gathering of believers and I felt this presence that lifted me into the presence of God. This was not just the Holy Spirit (usually it is the Holy Spirit that lift us into God's presence). But this presence I felt wasn't just the Holy Spirit, I have felt it several times in the gathering of the brethren but I have never really paid much attention to it, have never try to figure it out. But that particular time God drew my attention to it and here is how it happened. I was so carried away in God's presence that I was drunk in the spirit, I felt like I was already in heaven. But after a while this presence the lift me into God's presence disappeared.
I realize that the presence disappeared when a brother came up to the pulpit and said somethings that broke the fellowship and cause individualism. Now the brethren where still worshipping but where approaching God individualy. They where trying to reach God individualy rather than collectively. My spiritual senses where open and I scan the whole building but all I saw where individual Christians fellowshiping with God, some by the Spirit and others in the flesh. Well, I just ignored all that and try to fellowship with God by the Spirit but God won't allow me. He wanted me to fellowship with Him by that presence that have now disappeared. I search all over the building in the spirit for that presence  but I couldn't find it. I was frustrated because I wanted to fellowship with God, I wanted to enjoy His presence but I can't. But thank God someone else took over the pulpit and started singing.
At first she was singing in the flesh (I knew this because I could discern it by the Spirit). Later along the line she started fellowshiping in the Spirit. The Spirit took hold of her and started generating a kind of flow through her (I was discerning all of these in the Spirit). As this flow was emanating through her and her singing the brethren started subscribing to this flow and all of a sudden I knew that the Church is here. This knowledge came from inside my spirit, I just knew that the Church is here and I felt that presence that once disappeared (you can imagine my joy). And before I knew it I was lost in the presence of God again. The presence I perceive was the Church. This knowledge was kind of strange because I thought I was already in the Church but the truth was that I was in the gathering of some believers not the Church. The Church is the house of God it carried the mighty presence of God, you cannot be in the Church and not be overwhelmed by His presence.
The presence I felt that day was so power and very much capable of catapulting anyone into the mighty presence of God. A group of believers could gather and yet there is no Church there. This was what happened when the presence disappeared from among the brethren. The Church disappeared and the brethren where in fellowship but they are not Churching, there was no Church there. I couldn't find the Church among the brethren. I'm not the only one who has experience this, I also heard of a minister who was ministering and suddenly he felt the Church is here. He didn't understand what that means because he thought he was already in the Church. But out of his spirit came out that knowing, "the Church is here". As I write this I'm learning more and more about this spiritual presence and one thing I've discover is that I hardly see it in the gathering of the brethren. She only comes for a short while and disappear. This is because the people of God don't know how to Church. Churching is summoning that spiritual presence, for the Church is that spiritual presence not just the physical gathering of the brethren. That presence is a being, she is the Church and she is utterly spiritual.

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