Jn. 17:22 π Eph. 4:13 π 2 Tim. 3:1
“Till we all come...to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” ( Eph. 4:13; top )
The present church sees itself for what it will eventually be, but hasn’t yet seen itself for what it really is; it is divided, disloyal, weak, unprepared, self-righteous, covetous and greedy for things, without godly love. Motorcycle gangs have more loyalty and the Pharisees more love; and Christian groups have taught us to seek God as a means to get blessings, presenting an ego-oriented message that feeds the carnal nature, misrepresenting the entire message of redemption; the “self” life rules the church today and self was meant to die. “In the last days perilous times will come…” ( 2 Tim. 3:1; top ) – covetous, proud, unthankful, unholy, no affection, greedy, self-righteous, prideful: these are the attributes of the present church. What an indictment against that vessel that was meant to show the character and holiness of Jesus Himself. As members of His body we cannot call Jesus as Head of that body unless our wills (self-life) are totally surrendered and are operating in perfect harmony with His will, not ours. Until every member of the body surrenders, the corporate body cannot function as God desires, and sin cannot be bound, because sin remains in the body itself. Sin cannot defeat sin.
Throughout Church history, whenever a stand has been taken concerning God’s great power to deliver us from sin, immediately a suave reaction of religious activity comes against this type of message that promotes teachings that appeal to the protection of the “self-life” – thereby setting aside the real message of the gospel, the crucified life.
We were meant to be conformed to the image of God’s Son so God can use us the same way He used His own Son. Then Jesus’ prayer is answered: “that they may be One (in the same way) as We are one.” ( Jn. 17:22; top )
We think we have it all together, but a message from heaven would intimidate us all; a deep repentance is necessary until the “self-life” is disposed of, then the Lord pours His perfect love into the void created by the death of self; so we can love as God loves.
The Lord will never rapture the Body of Christ in its present state.
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