Christ is outside of the Church TeachingUrgent Teaching a Must Read for all Christians:
Christ is outside of the Church! How do we know for sure that Christ is outside of the Church? Because the Bible gives clear revelation of this fact.
Read to see that we are living in the Last Days: 1John 2:18 "Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour." Antichrists have already come into the Church because they started to come in back when the early Church became the body of Christ. The Bible clearly states: THIS IS THE LAST HOUR! We must recognize first that we are living in the Last Days before we will move to a greater seeking for God and His Ways.Reasons given below to help us see we are in the Last Days and are in need of Spiritual Revival.
1. The condition of the heart of Man today. Mat 24:12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." Have you ever seen the character of people being more evil than ever before. People Die right before us and we are not even sad for them or have any sorrow when someone dies in our family. There are many times in which we would not lift a finger to help someone in need because we just think of ourselves. The only love we are interested in are good feelings. This is a very poor state of mankind and it is in the Church as well.2Timothy 3:1-5 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
The above scripture shows us not only the heart of the world but the condition that has crept into the Church. This scripture was written to the Church as a testimony against Her so She would repent Herself and not to associate with people who live this kind of evil.
2. False doctrine and No oneness. See: 1Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons," The verse is saying that we are in the Last Days because many are leaving their walk with the Lord by withdrawing from the Church or some depart by remaining in the Church which these are the greater part who live under the law and have no real relationship with Christ. They may still be saved by are apart from Christ by a lack of relationship.
The Gospel that we are preaching is a social Gospel that says just ask Christ in your life and live the best you can and try to be happy. This is not the true Gospel of Christ which is repentance from sin and Faith towards Christ, The Cross and the resurrection and to live by The Holy Spirit. See: 2Co 11:4 "For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!" Are we going to continue putting up with a false Gospel?
Look at how many different kinds of doctrines are presently in the Church, hardly anyone agrees on any point in scripture within the Church. This is an indication that the Church is falling away from Christ. The early Church had only One Doctrine. Acts 2:42 "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." They also had great oneness which do not have in the church presently. How many times do we read in the book of Acts that they were of One accord.
3. Lack of Faith and falling away. This is also seen in 1 Timothy 4:1 just mentioned above. Jesus Christ Himself says: will He find Faith when He comes back. This is an indication of the state of the Church today. We have a hard time really believing the Word of God for salvation, prayer requests, physical healing, deliverance from oppression, freedom from fear and freedom from addictions. The Church has become very carnal over the years and needs to return to Christ and His Ways.
Christ is clearly Outside of the Church and wanting to get in. Evidence:The Facts: The first part of this verse below is what we the Church are saying to God and that is we already have everything. Such a deception that we are under. The second part of the verse, God states our real condition which is extremely pitiful and lack practically everything and most important what we Lack is a love relationship with Christ. See: Rev 3:17 "Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— "
Our response should be: Turn to God. The gold we need to go after is Christ living in us Who is of the Most Value we have and is Pure. We are to be like Him. The clothing that we need to put on His Righteousness and not the law which comes from our own righteousness. The eye salve is the Cleansing by the Holy Spirit anointing us to see the truth and the washing by the Word of God. See: Rev 3:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see."The Condition: Which is, we are presently under God's discipline. Look at state of practically all believers and see how much sickness there is in the body of Christ and how much oppression of the mind and sleepless nights resulting from fears we live in and the family break down along with many addictions that the saints are dealing with. When one suffers we all suffer. Rev 3:19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent."
The Solution: Repentance must be corporate and not just individual. We need to turn from all sin and live by The Word of God in every area of our lives. All scripture is given so we can be complete in Christ and the power is thru the Holy Spirit Who is our helper. If we Do Not live by All of Scripture then we remove ourselves from a close relationship with Him.2Ti 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." We need to quit picking and choosing what we will live by and live by All of the Word.Existing Condition: Christ is clearly outside the Church because He states that He is on the outside knocking to get in. Thank God that He is knocking because He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him where we love Him because He first loved us and proved it by dying on the Cross. Rev 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
The answer to the problem and solution is to Listen to the Spirit. Rev 3:22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."The Most important that we need to Pray is: Give us the Holy Spirit Who will guide us into all truth. Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" The apostles and other Brethren needed the Holy Spirit and Power when the Church began and so do we.
This is what we should see in the Church today: Act 4:31 "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." Let us get back to the truth.More Resources Click: Repentance Prayer Bible Teachings Bible
More on this subject: Christ Outside Part 2
More on this subject: Christ Outside Part 2