Newsletter February 1, 2017
A WORD FROM THE PREACHER
By Bob Ponchot
THE FAMILY OF GOD
Christians, and I use that word in its broadest term, still don’t seem to get it. One would think that after 2000 years of studying the Bible, the church would get its act together in this matter of race relations. Jesus did not say, “On this rock I will build my white church,” nor did He say, “On this rock I will build my black church.” He said, “On this rock I will build my church.” There would be just one church. And the beauty of the Kingdom of God, the church, is that all people of different nations, colors, and languages, would be united under one King, one Lord; and His Name is Jesus. The church, with all of its diversity, would function as one family, the family of God.
Jesus broke the race barrier when He healed the daughter of a Canaanite woman as recorded in Matthew 15. He gave her much more than “the crumbs from the master’s table.” He gave her a restored child. Jesus met the needs of many Gentiles in the New Testament. His eternal plan was to have a kingdom comprised of Jews, Gentiles, and anyone else who would accept Jesus as Lord.
The power of the message of Christ and His church would be in its inclusiveness. Paul addressed this subject in Ephesians 2:14 as he spoke of the Jews and Gentiles and said, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility...” LISTEN! God wants us to manifest His love for all people because He loves all people. The Apostle John saw God’s family and recorded these words in Revelation 5:9, 10: “And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nations. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth.”
As we seek to restore New Testament Christianity, let us not forget that the Kingdom of God is to be made up of every tribe, language, people, and nation. The church is not to look like you, but like US. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
THAT MEANS EVERYBODY, ARE YOU GETTING THIS?
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