THE MODERN DAY CHURCH (PART 2)
In part one of this teaching we looked at some of the things that get blamed for the church being weak. I’m sure there are other excuses we use also. We humans are quick to blame someone or something for the short comings in our life. In this teaching I want to start looking at the reasons that the church could be and should be a power house of power and blessings for the Lord. In the gospel of John, let’s look at chapters 14 through 17. If you read them slowly and carefully you will see that Jesus had no intention of leaving the church weak and helpless. Let’s look at John 14:12, it says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also: and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” It would be very hard to not understand this verse. You might say, “how can we expect to do the works that Jesus did, much less greater works?” Well in ourselves, using our own strength of course we can’t. Peter (during Jesus’s trial) using his own strength messed up so bad that he even denied that he knew the Lord. Well the good news is that we don’t use our own strength. In our verse it says we will be able to do these works because He is going to the Father. In verses 16 and 17 of this chapter He explains that when He goes to the Father, that the Father will send the Holy Spirit to live in us and guide and strengthen us in a way that man had never experienced before. This coming of the Spirit of God happened approximately 50 days later on the day Pentecost.
Let’s look at some verses that speak to us about this Holy Spirit guiding and directing us, actually living His life through us. Romans 8:9 says “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” This is good news. If I was controlled by the sin nature that I was born with, it’s obvious that I would be a failure at anything I tried to do for the Lord. This scripture say’s however that I am controlled by the Spirit of God, Praise the Lord. Philippians 4:13 tells us that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It isn’t in our own natural strength that we work for Christ, it’s His. A portion of 1 John 4:4 says “-He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” This is talking about the Spirit of Almighty God that lives in our recreated spirit after we are born again. Again, we as modern day Christians should be a powerhouse for God.
The major reason the modern day church is weak, in my opinion, is that we are trying to operate not only in our strength, but we are not operating under the New Covenant. Most modern day Christians don’t know what the New Covenant is and how it differs from the old covenant. There is a huge difference between the two. The New Covenant started after Jesus rose from the dead. When He rose from the grave it was a finished work. When we accepted Jesus as our Savior we received the complete provision of Almighty God. Everything that mankind needs is already in our heavenly bank account. All we have to do is learn how to receive it into the natural realm. I’m not saying it is always easy because of wrong teaching we have had in the past, but it is simple. Remember the New Covenant is NEW, not old. They didn’t have Jesus (in the flesh) in the Old Testament, they were looking forward to His coming. They did not have the Holy Spirit living in them. He was with them and at times helped them to do great exploits. Today the Holy Spirit lives in us to guide, direct and supply the power of God in our lives. Unfortunately we have believed teachings, perhaps from our denomination, from the church we grew up in etc., that do not point us to the power of the Holy Spirit that lives in us. We are living under the New Covenant, with all its advantages, which include, the indwelling Holy Spirit, the fact that Calvary has already happened, and we have the complete Word of God, (the early Christians didn’t have all the new testament, it was in the process of being written.) More on the difference between old and new covenant in a later teaching. We can’t dominate the world around us as long as we try to operate under the Old Testament laws and regulations. The Bible says that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament law at Calvery. He was the only man that ever kept all the Old Testament laws.
To sum it up.
1. The modern day church can and should be a power house for God.
2. Our Heavenly Father has given us the tools to accomplish this if we will just use them. Indwelling Holy Spirit, Word of God etc.
3. The New Covenant, if we will learn what it is and walk in it.
Let’s prayerfully read and study The Word and put it to work in our life and in the life of our church. We can do it. We must do it. Jesus expects us to do it.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Truth of His Word be with you.