Monday 20 April 2015
The Purpose of the Cross
Yesterday we spent some time at the beginning of our meeting praying Psalm 36:7-9 with and over one another, feasting on the abundance of God's house and drinking from His river of delights. We then worshipped together as the Lord ministered to us, filling us afresh with His unfailing love and embracing us as we found refuge under the shadow of His wings.
Richard then spoke to us about what Jesus fulfilled through His death and resurrection, showing us that God's purpose was to reconcile man to be part of the Kingdom over which He rules, to be part of the family of God which He loves and to be the temple He desires to dwell in. You can listen to the message here. Looking at Isaiah 53:4-6; Ephesians 1:22,23 and 2:19-22, we noted the following:
The sin of man that deserves the punishment that Jesus took upon Himself is man's disobedience (disregard for God's authority), self-centredness (separation from one another) and independence (living apart from God's presence). Isaiah 43:4-6
Jesus went to the cross to restore God's authority over man, to restore man to one another and to restore God's presence with and in His people. Therefore God placed Jesus above all things to be the Head (authority) over His Body (union) and to fill the Church with His presence (fulllness). Eph. 1:22,23
Consequently, those who are in Christ, are a people under God's authority, are members of one household and are the dwelling place or habitation of God. Eph. 2:19-22
The enemy tries to distort authority, fatherhood and God's supernatural presence so that man won't value true godly authority, true godly fatherhood and God's real presence!
Jesus purchased man for God so that the Church would be governed by God's authority, would live in the unity Jesus bought with His blood and honour the presence of God within her. Rev. 5:9,10
We praise God for His revelation to us and for the glory of the Church, fulfilled through Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!
14,21,28.04 @ 19:30 - Prayer Ministry Training @ Leipziger Str.60
05.05 - KLF Church Prayer Meeting @ Leipziger Str. 60
12,19,26.05 @ 19:30 - Introduction to Biblical Counseling @ Leipziger Str.60
17-19.07 - Hearing from Heaven with Francois Botes and Alexander Blair