Christ and the Church

Sunday, 13 May 2018 07:34
  1. Mothers are very important in the economy of God
    1. Mothers were in the heart of God before the fall of man.
    2. God gave Eve to Adam, and the command was to be fruitful and multiply.
    3. The heart of the Father was to transform the earth into the garden of God through the family of man.
    4. Let’s read scripture:

Ephesians 5:25–32 (NKJV) — 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

  1. Christ and the Church
    1. Paul describes how marriage and baptism are related.
    2. He gave Himself to perfect her.
    3. The covenant unites in a way that is wonderful
    4. The bride of Christ was not perfect when wed – transform man, transform the world (back to the garden).
    5. Another scripture that talks about the process of the transformation of the bride:

Numbers 20:2–13 (NKJV) — 2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! 4 Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5 And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” 6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them. 7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 8 “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” 9 So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. 12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” 13 This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.

  1. Meribah
    1. There was no water…Last week at the feast of tabernacles…celebrating the rock…living water and last days.
    2. The point is that the rock did not give water…though still present
    3. Do not grieve or quench the Holy Spirit.
    4. Testing – the goal is not to see if we pass, but to raise us up mature.
    5. The process of transformation.
    6. The people complain, God speaks from His glory, directions are given to restore water.
    7. Moses is irate, calls them rebels and strikes the rock
    8. Misrepresented God.
    9. God’s gracious care and discipline
    10. There was a time for discipline and a time for grace.
    11. Psalm 81:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 “I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets. 7 You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
    12. Proverbs 17:3 (NKJV) — 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.
  2. The Family of God
    1. Rebuilding the temple
    2. Love one another
    3. Marriage, family and covenant
    4. Zechariah 4:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”
    5. The Wisdom Tradition – (Mark 10 Bible study the law of Moses vs. creation) –
      1. Extending the dominion of the garden of God.
      2. Rebuilding according to a biblical social architecture.
  • Rebuilding through the grace of God

 

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