There can be no doubt that the way Christ Jesus uses the word Ekklesia, when He declares to Peter that the Lord would be the foundation upon which Christ Himself would build His Community of believers, is to express His original intent for His Ekklesia. That original intent for His Ekklesia is that the Lord expects every Ekklesia to be a Community of believers—disciples who not only are concerned about the world, from a Christ-like perspective, but also are representing the Kingdom of God on this Earth in such a way that they are causing the entire world to conform to the culture of the Lord’s Ekklesia. In other words, Christ Jesus’ original intent for His Ekklesia is that each Community of called-out believers would be changing the world until everyone in the world begins to walk, talk, and act like true believers in Christ are supposed to walk, talk, and act.
Originally posted on Gone Fishin':
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Had the Lord’s First Coming been with ALL of His Glory, EVERYONE would have seen Him and known then that He was Jesus THE Christ, the ONLY begotten Son of God. This is the reason why He prophesies in Matthew 16:27 that it is at His Second Coming that “…the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” For this reason, His purpose for coming to Earth the first time never included Him embracing His Glory.
Just like we rise from spiritual death when Christ calls us to be His CHURCH, those of us who have fallen asleep before Christ returns for His sanctified Bride will rise from physical death, when Christ once again calls us. Then, those of us who are still alive at His coming will be caught up in the clouds with the resurrected dead. We all will meet Christ in the air!