Friday, 13 January 2017

A People For His Name



"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name." (Acts 15:14).
By the virtue of the covenant the Church is a people for his name. His name signifies his status and the Church is to represent God's status. Wherever the Church stands the status of God is declared. God is the ruler of all things and that is His status. He exercises sovereignty over everything in Heaven and on earth. His name represent His status as Lord over all and the Church is a people for that name. That means we are the vessel by which His status is declared, unveiled and expressed. The lordship and reign of God is expressed and declared through us as a Church. Wherever the Church stands the reign of God is made manifest. Who ever see us would see the status of God, they would see the greatness of His reign.
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phi 10-11).
This verse didn't say 'at the mention of the name' but it said 'at the name'. That is, when the name is appears or is unveiled and when his status is declared every knee would bow. They would behold the greatness of his Lordship and there feet would no long be able to carry them — yes, they shall all fall and bow. Even their tongues would not be able to resist calling him Lord. That is the impact that his name has and we are a people for that name. This means that when the Church enter into a fuller experience of the New Covenant, nations would fall in submission as the very status of God is revealed through the Church. Even those who say there is no God would not be able to resist calling him "the Lord our God". And all of the works of the devil will crumble at the greatness of his name. Through the covenant we have gotten a name and our job is to unveil the glory of the status of God. 
Oh! If only the Church knows the impact of his name and the power of the covenant. Lack of understanding of the New Covenant had cause us to defy and torn down the altar. May we go back and repair the altar then we would be able to express the power we are called to demonstrate on earth. The altar has a great significance in the covenant because it represents the people giving their all to God. Remember the covenant is God giving His all to His people and the people responding by giving their all to God.
Look at what happened in the time of Elijah after he “repaired the altar of the Lord that have been torn down.” (1 King 18:30) the power of God was demonstrated in a way that the rebelling nation could not help but“fell face down on the ground and cry out ‘The Lord - he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!” The name of the Lord was unveiled that day and of cause it had its usual impact. Oh, that we may have such response from this rebellious world. That the community of atheists and the rest of this rebellious world may see the name of the Lord unveiled through us and be compelled to cry ‘the Lord is God’.

Extracted from my book: The New Covenant.  

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