The Building of Christ's Church
I had been meditating on the state of the Church. Also, how the enemy's tactics of divide and conquer have kept the church in a continual state of powerlessness. As we know, a house divided against itself shall not stand.
The Lord asked me, "Do you believe that I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it?" Obviously the Lord wasn't seeking information from me. As I meditated on His question and the scriptures, revelation started to come.
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-19 NKJV)
Jesus' church cannot be built on "who men say that He is." His church has to be built on who He really is. The only way to know who He is, is to be with Him. Spending time before the King...in His Presence.
Jesus says in verse 18, "...you are Peter (petros)" which means: a piece of rock. Then Jesus goes on to say, "and on this rock (petra) I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." The Greek word "petra" means: a mass of rock. Peter is a piece of rock and Jesus is building His church on a mass of rock. The mass of rock is the same rock that the wise man built his house on in Matthew 7. Christ. A revelation of who Christ is.
Only when Jesus' church is built on Him, will the gates of Hell not prevail against it. A church built on a part of him such as Jesus the savior, or Jesus the healer, or the goodness of Jesus; will not stand up against the gates of Hell. The church must be built on all of who He is.
A church or ministry built on a gifted charismatic leader is not going to stand up against the gates of Hell. Many movements have dramatically slowed to become monuments when their leader has been removed. Whenever this happens it makes it extremely clear that the movement was built on the leader rather than Christ. Something built on Jesus cannot simply fade away over time.
The keys to the kingdom will only be given to those who understand what the Rock is that the church is to be built on. Also, the keys will only be given to those who know that Rock intimately.
The building of the church must be Christ centered and Christ focused. It's not about us getting what we want, it's about Him getting what He wants. We have been focusing on ourselves for long enough. It's time to shift our way of thinking from "how can I be blessed" to " how can I bless the Lord." What is His desire for His church and His Kingdom. When our minds are renewed to this way of thinking, He will truly build His church through us. And as His church is being built through us, His Kingdom will be expanding on the earth.
One thing Jesus wanted to make clear to me when He asked me the question above. He is requiring me and you to have faith that He will build His glorious church in this current generation. A church so mighty that the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. Since the Lord is capable of speaking and creating the worlds, He is certainly capable of turning the church around in an instant. He will do it.