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Friday, April 27 2012

The Church: Mission Accomplished

Studies in this series:

1. The Church In The Garden 2. The Church In The Wilderness 3. The Church Today
4. The Church In The End Time 5. The Church In The Kingdom Of God 6. The Church: Mission Accomplished

The English word "mission" originated from a Latin word, missio, which meant to send (the English word missile originated from the same word as mission). "Mission" may be defined as "a person or organization in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work." It may also be defined as "a military operation that is assigned by a superior." As we will read, both definitions apply to the "mission" of the Messiah (see Who Was The First Apostle? and The Coming World Dictator; also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

Humanity was created by "the LORD God" (see Appearances Of The LORD God and What Does Word of God Mean To You?) for a purpose.

Eden

"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26-28 KJV)

The process of accomplishment of "in our image, after our likeness" was begun with the first humans (see The Church In The Garden), and has continued ever since (see The Church In The Wilderness, The Church Today), but will be completed in the yet-future when repentant humans will be "born again" as actual spirit children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).

"3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

3:4 Nicodemus [see The Passed Over Pharisees] saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:3-8 KJV)

All humans have a physical father, while all of God's children will have God as their father; that's why God is called "The Father" (keeping in mind that God is the Ultimate Spirit, not subject to age, young or old; when we see Him, God the Father may appear just as well as a young man as an old man). The "church" is the time of that spiritual conception - the reason that the church is sometimes called a "woman" (see The Birth Of The Bride). The birth will occur on the day of Christ's return, for the first resurrection (see The Church In The End Time); the conception for all others will begin either on the day of Christ's return, or at the end of the 1,000 years, after which they too will be "born again" (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God).

"12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:9 KJV)

"3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:28-29 KJV)

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life"

As we read above (please read the included study links of this series for a detailed explanation of each stage of the "church" - in order to fully understand one of the studies, one must understand them all) "mission" of the Messiah is to prepare the children of the Father - that is what "salvation" is about. Those who reject the Truth that will enable them to be saved (no one is "saved" while yet physical and no one is "born again" while yet physical; again, see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). After salvation has been completed (from those in the first resurrection, those during the time of the 1,000 years, and those from the second resurrection at the end of the 1,000 years), the final Judgment will be made - after which the Earth will be purified with fire. Only those who have accepted the offer of salvation will survive.

The Holy Scriptures

"20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works [see Works Means Obedience].

20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15 KJV)

As covered and fully explained in the studies of this series, everyone gets the same, single opportunity for salvation, sooner or later. Those who accept it will be given salvation; those who reject it will be incinerated.

Resurrections

  • All of the humans that ever lived, from Creation to the day of Christ's return, who received the Holy Spirit to enable their conversion, and who accepted it by repentance and living a truly Christian life, will be in the first resurrection (resurrected from the dead, or changed to spirit if alive that day) on the day of Christ's return (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin).

  • All of the humans that ever lived, from Creation to the day of Christ's return, who received the Holy Spirit to enable their conversion, but who rejected it by knowingly and defiantly refusing to repent, will be left dead in their graves until the physical resurrection at the end of the 1,000 years - when they will be burned to ash and obliterated forever (see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).

  • All of the physical humans alive on the day of Christ's return will then get their opportunity to repent and obey God (see The Church In The Kingdom Of God).

  • At the end of the 1,000 years, all of humanity who lived from the time of Creation to the day of Christ's return, but who did not get their opportunity will then receive it - after which they will be granted salvation if they choose to repent and obey the LORD (see The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).

All of the work, the mission, that the Messiah will complete will be for the purpose of preparing for God's coming to Earth. That's why the true Gospel is called "the Gospel of the Kingdom of God" (see The True Gospel Of Christ). When all has been completed, and the Earth has been purified with fire, the Father will arrive with the New Jerusalem.

Crossing The Jordan River

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)

The Messiah is the beginning (see The First Act Of Faith) and the end ("15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet" 1 Corinthians 15:24-25 KJV) of the task that the Father gave to Him, and in Him i.e. "14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10 KJV).

"22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." (Revelation 22:12-14 KJV)

When all is done, and the "church" has been transformed into the Children of God, Earth will be "heaven." Notice that the only Biblical mention of the famous "pearly gates" is when they will be on Earth i.e. "the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl ... the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it."

Earth

"21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:10-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the way to salvation?
See Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and the series of 10 studies (links to the others are included in the first study) beginning with The Way To Salvation: Step 1


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This Day In History, April 27

1296: English forces under Edward I battled a Scottish army under the Earl of Athol at the Battle of Dunbar.

1509: Pope Julius II excommunicated the Italian state of Venice.

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed at age 41 by natives in the Philippines while on a pioneering round-the-world voyage.

1565: The first Spanish settlement in the Philippines was established.

1773: The English Parliament passed the Tea Act.

1865: The Sultanana, a steam-powered riverboat, caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly former Union POWs, were killed.

1909: A group known as the "Young Turks" deposed Sultan Abdul Hamid 3 days after a liberation army had taken Constantinople.

1937: The first major aerial bombing of a civilian population took place when German warplanes, supporting General Francisco Franco's fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War, attacked the Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain, killing 1,000 of its 7,000 people.

1940: Nazi Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler gave the order to establish a concentration camp at an abandoned army barracks at Oswiecim, Poland. It became the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

1941: German troops raised the Swastika over the Acropolis in Athens.

1950: Britain officially recognized the state of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1969: French voters, in a referendum on the proposed issues of regional devolution and reform of the upper house of the French parliament, voted against Charles de Gaulle's further plans for the country; de Gaulle promptly resigned and the de Gaulle era ended.

1975: Saigon was encircled by North Vietnamese troops.

1978: Afghanistan's armed forces seized power, establishing a government based on Islamic principles. President Daoud was killed and new President Nur Mohammed Taraki proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Invasions by the USSR in 1979 and the USA in 2001 followed.

1987: The U.S. barred Austrian Chancellor Kurt Waldheim diplomatic entry into the U.S. because of his alleged Nazi involvement during the Second World War. Many other Nazis were allowed into the U.S. immediately after the war however, including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.

1989: Protesting students took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The protests were later crushed (literally) by Chinese tanks and troops.

2005: The European superjumbo airliner Airbus A380 made its first flight, in France.


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