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A Glorious Church

 

Ephesians 5:23-32

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

 

What’s so glorious about the Church?

 

Glory==>brightness, brilliance, radiant, glowing, shining, illuminating

 

  • The Church is the “forethought” of God (not the afterthought);
    it is Plan A, not Plan B;
    it is NOT a contingency plan….
  • God planned the Church before the world began
    [Titus 1:2]
  • The first Man, Adam, was created by God from the dust of the ground
    [Genesis 2:7]
  • This Man [First Adam] was a Type of Christ [Last Adam], who is the very image of God
    [Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 1 Corinthians 11:7;  2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:17]
  • God then made the first Woman from a bone taken from the side of the Man whom He had put to sleep for this specific purpose
    [Genesis 2:21-22]
  • This Woman was a Type of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, which was taken from the wounded side of Christ who was “put to sleep” at Calvary for this very purpose
    [Ephesians 5:32]
  • All humanity are God’s creation and thus we are all God’s children in a generic sense
    [Malachi 2:10]
  • Only the Church belongs to God by purchase or redemption
    [Acts 20:28]
  • The whole world is the field; the church is the treasure in the field; God purchased the field to obtain the treasure; He paid for the whole world but what He wants is the Church
    [Matthew 13:44]
  • There is no salvation since Pentecost (Acts 2, beginning of New Testament) outside the Church
    [Acts 4:12]
  • You MUST be Born Again!
    [John 3:3,5,7]
  • 4000+ years of recorded history of Man produced a young Jewish maiden chosen of God to bring forth Messiah, the Savior of the World
    [Luke 1:27]
  • When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the Law [Torah], to redeem them who were under the Law [Torah] (all humanity)
    [Galatians 4:4]

 

 

Notice how Paul uses such glowing language when speaking of the New Covenant and the NT Church!

 

2 Corinthians 3:5-18

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it [Israel] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

The CHURCH is GLORIOUS because ITS HEAD is GLORIOUS!

 

  • On the mount of transfiguration, Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured or “glorified” before them, and there appeared unto them with Jesus Moses and Elijah – representing the OT ministry of the Law and the Prophets; but only Jesus remained with them after the Voice spoke – this is my beloved Son, hear Him – and when the glory cloud was lifted!
    [Matthew 17:1-5]
  • The Church, the Body of Christ, is the zenith of the Glory of God in His dealings with humanity
    [Hebrews 1:3]
  • The Church is the Highest Expression of Deity apart from Jesus Christ Himself!
  • Jesus Christ is Deity fused with Humanity;
    [God was IN CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 5:19]
    the Church is Humanity infused with Jesus!
    [Christ IN YOU the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27]
  • The OT rituals of the LAW were a schoolmaster to bring us (Humanity) to Christ and the New Covenant!
    [Galatians 3:24-25]
  • God gave the world HIMSELF – JESUS, God in Christ, the Word manifest in the Flesh;
    [John 3:16a]
  • God gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT, the Holy Ghost or the Spirit of Christ, to all who BELIEVE IN HIM!
    [John 3:16b; Acts 2:38]
  • This BODY of BELIEVERS is the BODY OF CHRIST!
    [Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12, 5:23; Colossians 1:24]
  • God is going to give Himself a GIFT:
    the CHURCH! – a “bride” taken out of His own side, prepared and adorned specifically for Him
    [Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7-8, 21:2,9]

 

What’s so GLORIOUS about the CHURCH?

 

We are the BRIDE OF CHRIST, HIS BODY!!

1 Peter 2:9

 

We are a CHOSEN GENERATION!

 

We are a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD!

 

We are HOLY NATION!

 

We are a PECULIAR PEOPLE!

 

We show forth the Praises of HIM
who called us out of darkness
into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/09/2014

Notes on the Timing and Scope of the Tribulation

More Eschatological Considerations….

 

The Olivet discourse of Matthew 24-25, where Jesus spoke of His Second Coming and warned extensively about the days of the Tribulation that would accompany it, was not spoken to or about the NT Church. Rather, it was addressed to and about national Israel [Matt. 24:16 “them which be in Judaea”]. The event known as the “Rapture” of the NT Church is not mentioned or referenced in these sayings of Jesus.

 

Much of Jesus’ ministry specifically targeted His own people according to the flesh–the people of the nation of Israel.

 

Romans 15:8

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 

On the other hand, when Paul spoke to the NT Church concerning the return of Jesus Christ for the NT Church he clearly indicated that there was absolutely no need for them to be concerned that the “Day of the Lord” or the Tribulation was present!

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren,

2 Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here.

3 Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

 

Summary of Scriptural teaching on the Coming of the Lord

 

The scriptures teach a pre-millennial, pre-trib catching away of the NT Church.

 

There will also be a mid-trib catching away of 144,000 Israelite men who are saved according to the Acts 2:38 message just prior to the middle of the Tribulation.

 

There will also be a post-trib catching away of the Tribulation Saints, who will be comprised of Israelites as well as people from all over the world who were saved according to the Acts 2:38 message during the Tribulation.

 

NOTE: There are several ranks or classes of “saved” people.

 

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order [or, rank]: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [parousia].

 

The first “coming” of Christ [to the earth] was to a stable in Bethlehem.

 

There will be a SECRET “coming” of Christ for His NT Church [i.e., like a thief in the night]. At this time, Christ does not return to the earth; instead, we will be caught up to meet him in the air [1 Thess. 4:17].

 

The second “coming” of Christ [to the earth] will be at the end of the Tribulation period. This is what is described in Matt. 24 and Rev. 19.

 

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier
09/10/2014

Who are the Saints in Revelation 13?

 

Eschatological Considerations….

 

Revelation 13
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

 

Those who believe the Church will go through the Tribulation have been known to point to Rev. 13:7 as one of the reasons for believing this.

 

However, consider the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18….

 

“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

In order for the “saints” being referenced in Rev. 13:7 to be “the Church” in the process of going through the Tribulation, then the words of Jesus in Matt. 16:18 would have to be discarded as at least hyperbole and at worst prevarication!

 

Why?

 

Because in Rev. 13:7 we see what some are claiming is “the Church” being OVERCOME by the dark forces of Hell–when Jesus proclaimed that the gates of Hell would not prevail against “the Church!”

 

 

An additional point to ponder….

 

Notice v. 9…. “If any many have an hear, let him hear.”

 

Interestingly, the similar admonition found 7 times in Revelation 2 & 3 specifically lists the scope of what the Spirit was saying as being limited to the ecclesia… “the Church”.

 

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

 

See Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13 & 22.

 

It seems obvious that what is being spoken in Rev. 13 is NOT being addressed to “the Church” in the manner of that which was being spoken in Rev. 2 & 3 was.

 

This is just another small clue showing that “the saints” of Rev. 13:7 are not “the Church” as we know it today.

 

Rather, this term is referring to the “Holy Ones” of the Age to Come, i.e., those who will be saved out of the Tribulation.

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier
08/27/2014

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