Invisible Church 3


Another chapter to the Invisible Church.  All of the posts on the Invisible Church has either been on the Hypocrisy of the Religious Church, and the Unity of God’s people.  This one will be the exact same, in a whole new point of view.

The Invisible Church as said in the last posts, is a Church without walls.  A church who is willing to leave their local church to preach the gospel.  A Church who doesn’t just sit on a pew, but move around their community to win souls.  Before the Local Religious churches existed, there was the Invisible Church.

The Church with 4 walls was only created to publicly Worship God, and to Fellowship with fellow Christians.  To encourage one another.  A place to get revived in the spirit when yours is weak, a place to bring a sacrifice of praise to the Alter of the Lord.  A place to hear the Word of God from a Pastor.  Whose job is to teach, reprove, and rebuke.  A Pastor is your teacher and servant and protector.  Nothing else.  Though he is a chosen Man of God, with a very important job, he is not something that you should worship.  Because he should be working to bring God glory.  Not himself.

But the Invisible church are the Children of God who want more then that.  They want to share what they have with the other people of the world.  They feel a deep and heavy  burden to bring others to Christ, lest those people spend an eternity in Hell.  They aren’t selfish to keep the grace of God to themselves but pass this love and mercy to others.  They want to help others, by giving them food, water, shelter, love…and hope.  The invisible church deny themselves and take on the burdens and infirmities of others.  They use their strength to help the weak.  They are the eyes for the blind and the ears for the deaf.  They shine the light to those who are lost in the dark.  The invisible church doesn’t just worship God on Sunday mornings, but every day.  Their faith and prayer and daily living, are found worthy of God’s calling and love.  They live their daily life better than most live a Sunday morning life.   They stand for what they believe in no matter what the consequences.  They are persecuted by many, and loved by few.

The bible says,

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  Ephesians 4:1-6

It’s easy to see what Paul was trying to say here.  He tells us that we should love and protect and help one another.  Jesus preached over and over about loving your neighbors.  As a matter of fact He said it was one of the greatest commandment.  When Jesus walked on this earth, He didn’t condemn the world because of their sins like the local church is apt to do, but He showed them love.  It didn’t matter if they were diseased, cussed like a sailor, or even an adulterous woman, He loved them.  Though we always hear that we should love our neighbor as yourself, Jesus goes a little deeper then that in another verse.  He says

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  John 13:34

Love your neighbor as He has loved us?  What is that supposed to mean?  He has unconditional love for us.  He loves us when we are filthy in sin, He loves us when we are pure and holy.  He loves us when we curse Him, He loves us when we put the nails in His hands.  He loves us no matter our race, gender or age.  He loves everyone so much that He died for us as said in John 3:16.  He loves us so much He took the cross off of our shoulders and said He would take our infirmities and pain for us.  He loves us so much He died and went to hell, so we wouldn’t have to.  And that is how He commands us to love our neighbor.

Then Paul goes to say that there is One Body, One God, and One Spirit.  He is pointing out here that we are all Christians, who is one body, and we serve the same God.  Yet for some reason the churches today think we all are so different and believe so different that we have to separate and avoid discussions on religion lest we argue.  Here is the latest news people.  God didn’t call you together to argue.  He called you together to agree.  To know that Jesus is Lord, beside him there is no other.  He don’t care if your Methodist, Baptist or Pentecostal.  He justs wants you to love Him, live for him, obey His commandments and live a life worthy of His calling towards you. Did Jesus not say that if Kingdom should fight against itself, that Kingdom will fall?   The spirit of separation is what is causing the churches to fall today.  But it is time for the church to rise from its little hole we put ourselves into and stand tall and stand strong.

The spirit of Unity is what the church needs.  Acts 2 we see the disciples sitting in the upper room.  They were waiting on something Jesus had promised them.  But they wasn’t bickering and complaining and fighting against each other.  The bible says they were in one mind and one place when the Holy Ghost fell on them.  Look at that closely, they were in one place (you know, kind of like a church), and in one mindset.  All of the disciples were looking for the same thing.  They prayed diligently for the same thing.  They searched for the same God, they longed to see their savior, their souls cried out unto God to show them more.  And they wasn’t going anywhere until they got what they came for.  That is how the church needs to be today.  Even though not every Christian can go to the same church, we all need to seek the same thing.  When the church finds that Spirit of Unity, the impossible becomes very possible.  Even God knew how strong His creation would be when they all work together.

 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.  And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.  And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Genesis 11:1-6

The story of the tower of Babel is a prime example.  Everyone had the same speech.  They had the same mindset.  They had the same goal.  And when they had an idea they formed together and made it happen.  But here is the key verse.   The Lord seen the tower and said they have one language and are all together and God seen the strength of His creation when the spirit of Unity was upon them.  He seen people uniting to complete a goal they had set out to do.  And when He seen that unity in His people, He said, NOTHING will be restrained from them.  They will be able to do things that they thought were impossible.  They will be able to do anything they want.  Nothing will be restrained from them.  That is the spirit of unity.  Though at this time it was a bad thing because it was not the right time,  it happened again a couple of thousands years later in the upper room.  Only this time, the timing was perfect.  And their hearts were pure.  And if the people who lived over 4000 years ago can do that, and the disciples nearly 2000 years ago can do that, then whats wrong with the church today?  It is time for the church to rebuild the bond together and become one body again.

We are One Church

With One Vision

Serving One God.

So who are you?

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Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?


“My God, My God,

Why have you forsaken me?”

Matthew 27:46

One of the 7 last things Christ said before He died.  But why did Christ say these words?  “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?”

If Jesus Is God, (John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”)  Then why would He cry out to Himself?

These words He cried out are so depressing and sad…poetic yet some how familiar.  That’s right, Jesus quoted Psalms 22:1 which begins with, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”. Jesus quoted this scripture so that we could understand He was fulfilling the Messianic prophecy  right there on the cross.  Psalms 22:11-18 says:

Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.   They open wide their mouth at me,  As a ravening and a roaring lion.   I am poured out like water,  And all my bones are out of joint;   My heart is like wax;  It is melted within me.   My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;  And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.   For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

His heart has been broken and melted inside him (v. 14).   During the crucifixion process, the blood loss causes the heart to beat harder and harder and become extremely fatigued.  Dehydration occurs (v. 15).  Verses 16-18 speak of piercing His hands and feet and dividing his clothing by casting lots.   And this is exactly what occurred in Matthew 27.

Psalm 22 was written about 600 years before Christ was even born. And at that time the Crucifixion hadn’t even been invented.  Actually, the Phoenicians come up with it and Rome borrowed the horrible way of execution from them.   So, therefore when Rome come to rule over Israel, it became the Roman means of capital punishment for all the Jews whose biblical means of execution was stoning.  But He had to prove His point.

But that still really wouldn’t tell us why He cried those words in the first place.  So now that we see where the words came from, let us see why the Almighty Omnipotent God, would say that.

In fact there are two reasons.

1. The bible says in Hebrews 4:15 that He was tempted the same as we are, but yet he still never sinned.  The stories of people all through out the bible like Job and David, when they felt that God had for some reason, left them in the dust.  Forgot them, forsaken them, betrayed them…they would cry out.  WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!  WHY WON”T YOU HELP ME?!  And we say things like that today.  Like God doesn’t care, or isn’t watching or helping you.  It seems like He walked you into the valley of the shadow of death and left you there.  You see God became flesh so that He can feel what you feel.  He became flesh and bones to go through the same temptations and the same agony you go through today.  When Christ was on the cross, He thought of you.  He thought of you when you cried out My God My God! Why have you forsaken me?  And when He thought of you, He had to feel the same way.  He suddenly felt alone…imagine, the Almighty King, desolate and alone.  He cries out…because our flesh cries out.  It’s something to think about.

2. The next reason He cried out was simply because The God who could never sin, despised sin, turned His back on sin…became sin.  When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, He said, “father if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me.”  As an analogy, This cup was filled with the entire wrath of an omnipotent God.  The God who would punish ALL who was in the world and all who will be in the world, which ultimately be forever in damnation and in hell, was in this tiny cup.  That Jesus had no choice but to drink of.  All of it.  God had decided that no longer would He let HIS creation perish…He would become their sins, take all of their punishment, Just so they can have a chance in an eternal life with Him.  So He cried out, because suddenly He knew how it felt, to be one of us.  As He hung their on the cross, and He thought of us…God from heaven, became Human.  Filled with sin…and now on His way to a forever burning fire.  Even though God knew how the story would end, by resurrecting and winning the victory, He felt such a depression at that time on Himself, and for us…

To tell it like it is,  He cried those words…

!!!!!BECAUSE HE LOVES US!!!!!

The Adulterous Woman


One of my favorite stories of forgiveness.  A story that is so powerful but  mostly overlooked.  A story of God’s TRUE nature in grace and mercy.

John 8:1-11 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  

Now must of you who have not heard this story, I hope the teaching goes without saying.  But for those of you who are curious why this is such an important story, or why this story shows God’s face through the words, then pay attention.  As I walk you through the story through the eyes of the woman, the Savior, and the accusers.

When Jesus went to the mount of Olives, He knew something was going to happen.  So He came early in the morning to the temple.  And He taught some people.

But then the scribes and pharisees, the Holy and Righteous guys of the church, found some filthy unclean whore of a woman.  Who they caught dead in the act of sleeping with another man.  When they seen this they immediately readied the capitol punishment that the law of Moses commanded them to do.  But they thought, “Why not take out two birds with one stone?  Literally.  Let us trick this Jesus into saying something blasphemous about her so we can stone the both of them”   So they brought this woman who was officially unclean, meaning now she could have no social life, or any other kind of life, to the blasphemous man who claims to be God’s son.  They probably gave her trouble by jerking her around by her hair, and shoving her on the ground.  Causing the dirt to fly in her mouth and tasting the last piece of life she has left.

Here is this woman, knowing she has been caught.  And now the punishment is death so brutal, they call it Murder with specified aggravating circumstance. It is torture before death.  Where the person is literally beat to death by large stones being thrown at her.  And now as she is thrown on the ground like some filthy dog, she weeps.  Because now she feels the conviction.  But its to late.  Even if she survives this brutal beating, she will never see her friends or family again.  She sinned against God and now the “God Squad” is out to get her.  But nonetheless she is scared.   For her life.  But if she could just have one more day to make things right.  But its to late.  If she could just explain herself or tell her family she loves them.  But its to late.  And as she hears those Priests of the church say that it was up to Jesus, imagine how she felt.  She would do anything for this man if He would just let her go.  But if he was one of them, He would tell them to stone her and pick up a rock himself.

The scribes and pharisees now have this man where they want him.  In the middle of the temple surrounded by witnesses.  Now they can trick him and make him slip up in his words.  THEN they can get rid of him once and for all.  They ask in mockery, “Master, we caught this woman and the law that God gave Moses says we should kill her with stones, but what do YOU think we should do?”  Imagine ego that just grew inside the pharisees.  The hatred for this man.  He is in THEIR territory now.  There is no escape.  They will do what God’s law said.

As the Almighty Savior is teaching in the temple, He has this woman thrown in front of him.  Who is crying, and pleading for her life.  He hears the Pharisees words and listens to their hearts.  He knows they plot against him.  So He just kneels down and starts drawing in the sand like He can’t even hear them.   He ignored them.  But for some reason they kept pestering Him and asking Him and wouldn’t leave Him alone.

At this time the woman listens to the pharisees accuse and watch this man ignore them.  Why won’t He help?  Why won’t he say anything?  Seconds felt like hours…yet He refused to say anything.

The Savior now getting a little agitated continued to write in the sand and said “If there are any of you without sin let him cast the first stone.”

The pharisees were so excited because they thought they had him.  He wouldn’t answer, they moved their bishop to the proper place to put the king in checkmate.  Gameover.  But then He opens his mouth and says something that made them think.  Only the people who had no sin could cast a stone.  Where did this come from?  What could they say to that?  They can’t throw a stone knowing they would be lying to everyone else and themselves.   The fact that the tabernacle still stood shows us that even the pharisees, the most righteous people had sin in their hearts.  But this statement wasn’t about that.  This was the first time Jesus put conviction in the hearts of the Pharisees.  And it was such a feeling, having to look inside yourself, and realize that standing before God in the flesh, daring you to tell Him that you have no sin in your life.  Even the great prophet Isaiah fell on his face before the Almighty God and said “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”.  Imagine for a moment the feeling of the pharisees.  They literally felt such a pain for their own soul that there was no way they could take the life of another.

The woman who is trembling for her life, hears the first rock fall to the ground.  The sound probably scared her.  She begins to cry as more and more stones are dropped.  And stands to see that everyone had left.   And her Savior stands and looks around and asks, “Where are your accusers now?  Has any man thrown a rock at you?”  And with a trembling voice, she replies “No my Lord.”  And as a Father who forgives his child, He said “then neither do I condemn thee.”  This was the same GOD who told Moses to write the law for the woman to be stoned. Deut 22:22: “If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the woman must die. In this way, you will purge Israel of such evil.” But now Grace had come and ran to aid the woman.  Mercy had to abound.  And now God says, You are forgiven.  And the kicker, she never asked for forgiveness.  This was the one time God showed TRUE mercy.  The one time God showed his unconditional love not just toward Christians but Sinners too.

Now to apply this story for us today.

The woman is the sinner.  But that sinner can sometimes be  a member of your church could be that woman.  Or a thug on the streets.  Or the girl who wears skimpy clothes and attracts all the guys.  Maybe is the homeless drunk on the side of the interstate.  Maybe a co-worker, a friend, or even a family member.  And it seems like most Churchs is the pharisees today.

But oh how the Pharisees are so much better then this generation of Christians.  The people of the church today would throw them stones in a heart beat.  Thinking they are more holy then that filthy sinner.  Though they preach sinners must be saved, but in reality when a sinner approaches, or is cast down in front of them, the first thing they do is pick up a stone and launch it at their prey.  Why is this?  Because they are without hope?  Because they could plant bad seed into the hearts of the Christians?  Because their different?  Or just because your self righteous attitude says that you are better then they?  Lets answer these questions.  Though you actually may be holier then they, Jesus didn’t die just for you.  He died for that adulterous woman too.

Maybe YOU are that sinner that has been cast down by others.  Cast out, or even just a free living sinner.  God wants you to know there is punishment of sins.  No it may not be getting stoned, but something far worse.  An eternity in Hell.  But Jesus sees you where you are.  And He hears your cries and the cries of your accuser, Satan.  But He is willing to ignore all of that mess if only you will to submit to Him.  He loves you so much He was willing to be cruicified for you.  And He wants you to love Him in return.

Jesus is crying out to you and ignoring your sins.  Regardless of what they are.  Stand up and see that your accusers are gone.  And run into the arms of your Savior.  And remember the last words He spoke to her, “Go and sin no more.”

John 3:16-17: For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Psalms 103:24 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.