REALLY The New Testament Church?
If we look at the Model of the New Testament Church in the book of Acts and the epistles, we see a big discrepancy in what we see in scripture and what we are experiencing today. Why is that? Have you ever wondered? Are you satisfied with this huge discrepancy?
I for one am NOT satisfied. I can see the model. I can see the possibilities and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ had a different idea of how HIS BODY should function. That may be the key word, “function.” The body of Christ for the most part is in dysfunction. Most Christians that would read this would agree, yet at the same time they would deny that this applies to them, and therein lies the problem.
You see, we live in an age where virtually anything you need to know is just a few mouse clicks away. So we fill our heads up with knowledge until we are able to talk intelligently on any given subject in the bible and we equate that with us gaining revelation, experiencing spiritual growth, and developing in maturity. IT IS A LIE!
Revelation only comes by the anointing. Spiritual growth comes by you functioning in the anointing for a period of time. Maturity only comes by being a doer of the word of God and continued pursuit of Gods purpose and His will for your life.
There are two types of people to consider. The first are Christians that can talk, expound and teach on any given subject in the bible. They can teach you about the gifts of the Spirit, how to be led by the Spirit, how to pray and how faith works and why it isn’t working for you. The problem is: they have no experience in the things that they “know” so in reality all they have is a theory on Christianity. These are the people who think they know what it is to be a
mature Christian, they are SURE they know and will even lay down their life for it.
This is the difference between mental apprehension of things IN the Word and a REVELATION OF THE WORD, Jesus Christ. Until you experience some of the wonderful, amazing things that we read about in the early church you are seriously lacking in spiritual development and understanding. I am talking about laying hands on the sick and seeing them recover, seeing miracles, seeing people delivered from demons, and yes, raising people from the dead. Supernatural signs and wonders, the demonstration of the Spirit that confirms God’s word, and lets not forget good old fashion repentance. According to Hebrews 6 these are foundational doctrines.
Hebrews 6:1-3 ~ 1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit.
If these are foundational doctrine, why don’t we see more of it in the church? Is it because we have built the church on little or no foundation? We should be modeling what we see in the New Testament … ALL OF IT!
The thing is, we only know what WE know. The goal is to know what HE knows and until we “function” as HIS body, operating in the gifts of the Spirit, healing the sick, working miracles, raising the dead etc. We just don’t know much. We surely don’t know HIM as He wants to be known. It will take some faith in Him to really know Him. We are HIS body, we should be doing the same things He did as He walked this earth AS A MAN! Which brings me to the second type of person.
The second type of person you can read about in the Gospels. His Name is Jesus Christ and THAT, my friends, IS OUR MODEL. All we have to do … is believe on HIM.
John 14:12 ~ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these
shall he do; because I go unto my Father.