Why Is The Church The Most Important Social Institution?


Eph 1:22 God has put all things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

God’s purpose for the church is so vast, that on this side of eternity we will hardly scratch its surface.

  • I think of the church and how it has missed some of  the great purposes of Christ.

Yet it is never too late for these “now generations” of believers to catch God’s vision and run with it.

  • The church is the body of Christ.

Christ is the head.

The head is what sees, hears, plans, and pulls the body along.

Regrettably, I still find myself being the head in many ways.

I find myself worrying into the future, carry financial burdens, fretfully scheming, etc.

God convicted me that these are the responsibilities of the head, of which I am not.

As part of the body of Christ, my job is simply to hear and obey. The head does the figuring out. I do not have to see into the future and worry about it.

Eph 1:22 God has put all things under His feet, and has appointed Him universal and supreme Head of the Church, which is His Body,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Christ has risen far above all things that are named in heaven, on earth and below the earth. He has sat at the right hand of God and on top of that, all things have been placed underneath His feet.

  • By this act, He has claimed the title of The Head.

Christ, in His position as head has been squarely placed over the shoulders of the church which is now His body

What incredible power the church has!

The body fills and carries out all that the head thinks, plans, sees and hears..

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

  • The church has becomes the fullness of Christ. What is fullness?

Let’s look at Coca Cola. What is it?  Is it the bottle, or is it the liquid inside?  Well, it’s the syrupy liquid.

Coca Cola is made up of every ingredient that is perfectly mixed in its required quantities and precise order, to lawfully recognize and labeled it as this reality which we call Coca Cola in contradistinction to anything else in the universe.

  • The fullness of God then, describes the very essence, the reality, and the evidence of who God is.  It describes every attribute and characteristic that is required, to make God, God, in contradistinction to anything else in the universe.

The church is the fullness of God!  The Lord has called upon the church to manifest Him in His very essence and reality.  He has also summoned the church to manifest every attribute and characteristic that makes up the essence and reality of who He is.  This is called the glory of God, or allowing the invisible God to become accurately identifiable.

  • This is why the church is the most powerful institution in the universe! This is what separates the church from every other social institution. And yet, she does not recognize it and hence cannot act like it.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

  • If the church is functioning as it should, Christ would have preeminence in all things in this natural world. This is because the church is the fullness of God.

The nature of fulness is to naturally and continually fill all things in the universe with what Christ has accomplished as The Head, until everything is totally filled.

The only social institution that can do this is the church.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

  • We see the amazing importance of the church as it manifests the counsels and wisdom of God even to all the angelic and demonic hierarchy. This is all part of the fullness of God.

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The first church of my good friend Pastor Edward Simon Nyakundi in Kitengela Kenya.

 

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