Then I take a lifetime of preparation, sometimes people ask if God wants a temple, the answer is yes, and I love the idea of having a temple, God also likes it, God assigned Solomon the task of building a tabernacle..
One of the things that brought me spiritually to @sirknight was that desire and vision that God had placed in his heart.
Some may take this lightly, think that this is something virtual, and that God can be mocked, but it is not so, God is in every detail, in every breath and in every word.
What should this church have?
If God has a true Church on Earth, it has to recognize the authority inspired by the Bible and must base its teachings firmly on that foundation. As the apostle Paul said by divine inspiration: "... so that if I delay, know how you should conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the Church of the living God, pillar and bulwark of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15).
Wherever you are, the true Church of God is the pillar and bulwark of truth, as Timothy says. She is the protector of truth. The apostle Paul also tells us that true Christians, those who make up the true Church, are "fellow citizens of the saints, and members of the Family of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone. same "(Ephesians 2: 19-20). If the true Church stands, as Paul wrote, on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus being the main cornerstone, then the basis of all doctrine and all Christian practice must be the writings of the apostles and prophets. , not the opinions or opinions of men.
The church that God wants is a visible church, accessible to the people. Not cloistered in the "temples". The religious have locked "Christ" in the tabernacle. They have it well hidden, well guarded. Evangelicals have enclosed the presence of Christ in their places of worship, in their meetings. We say: "Where there are two or three gathered in my name, there I am, in their midst." We usually quote that statement from Christ when we are inside a meeting room, but Jesus did not limit his presence to those precincts.
Where were the 3000 baptized that became the day of Pentecost? I imagine that in a public place.
The church that God wants is the church that is where God wants to be, close to the sinners, the lost, those who suffer; close to pain, to need, to illness. It is the church that is close to the people, that takes risks, that answers the difficult questions; that does not shut up, what proclaims and exalts Christ; that preaches his crucifixion, which announces his resurrection, which presents the people to a living Christ, who proclaims his lordship. It is the church that denounces sin; that calls sinners to repentance, to baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
The church that God wants is the church that is not afraid; it is not hidden; It has courage, courage, boldness to announce the gospel to anyone. It does not accommodate your message to please and not scandalize the world. He knows that preaching in Jerusalem that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah means putting life at risk, but
nothing cares The disciples are willing to be imprisoned, flogged and even to die, but determined to continue announcing that Jesus is the Lord.
He is not afraid of the rulers, does not care to be taken to jail or to appear before rulers and religious leaders. Unlike. Before the question of the authorities, after the miracle of the healing of a lame man of both legs: With what authority, or in what name, have you done this? Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answers ...
The body of Christ today God is a God of love, a sensible God; a God who sees, who hears the situation of the people in the world. It is a God who descends, who intervenes to help the people who suffer. According to Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses in the bush, and in the solemnity of that encounter, Moses covered his face because he was afraid to look to God. Jehovah said to him:
V. 7, 8 and 10a:
I HAVE SEEN the affliction of my people who are in Egypt,
and I HAVE HEARD HIS CALL because of his oppressors;
FOR I HAVE KNOWN HIS ANXIETY,
and I HAVE DESCENDED to deliver them ...
Come, therefore now and I will send you ...
This was a theophany. God manifested himself to Moses in a bush that burned and was not consumed. God came down to send Moses.
But centuries later, God continued to see the condition of the world, he heard the groaning of the people, he knew his sufferings, he knew the situation of each family, the anguish that is in each heart; and God acted on behalf of humanity. But this time, God Himself is the one who descends. It is no longer a theophany. The Word became flesh. God came in person in his Son to save the world.
The incarnation was the first stage of God's plan of salvation for humanity. The second stage of God's saving action is through the "other body" of Christ that is the church.
Today the world suffers, it cries, it moans, it has a lot of pain because of the absence of God in their lives, in their families. Even though that absence of God is today is still partial and can be reversible. For if man leaves his pride and humbles himself, God enters to dwell in his heart. Furthermore, since God is Omnipresent, today his presence is in
some measure everywhere.
Brothers of the whole earth, what is it that the Lord has in his heart today? What is your plan? What's your objective?
FILL IT ALL! He wants to fill every house, every heart. He sees how each family is. Hear the moan, the cry of each person. Know the anguish of each heart, and he wants to fill everyone and everyone with his presence.
Filling everything means filling every family, every business, every factory. It wants to fill the schools, the universities, the factories, the chamber of deputies, senators, the house of government, each ministry, each institution. All the houses in all the neighborhoods, all the cities, all the nations.
Without their presence, even if society shows a facade of happiness, success and fun, it is only a fallacy, a lie. Because without his presence, humanity lives a sad and terrible emptiness of God.