Christ’s ChurchBro. David Chancellor
6/14/2009 11:00 AM
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Jesus has a church, and it is only one. It is one because there is one Christ. This church is built on Jesus. If you take away Jesus, you’ve taken away the church. This church isn’t aligned with man, but with God. All those that know Jesus are part of his church whether we know them or not.
The world recognized Jesus as a prophet, but Jesus got more personal. We must believe that he is the one anointed of God to bring us to God. We’re not looking for anyone else. Without Christ, you can’t build the church. This church isn’t about us; it’s about Christ. If you’re not building on Christ, you’re building on the wrong foundation, even if other people accept you. He’s the Rock on which we must stand to overcome. The one church is all those who build on Christ’s foundation.
Jesus came as the one anointed by God to bring us to God. We live for and serve God because of what Jesus provided. We’re built on Jesus and worship God.
1 Peter 2:4-10
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious; and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Peter explains what he came to understand in Matthew: Men refused Jesus, but God chose him to reconcile us to himself. It was God’s choice, not ours. As we build together on God, we build what worships and honors God. He’s precious to us, but not to the disobedient. The disobedient won’t make it to heaven. God’s way is the only way. You have to go by Jesus. He’s the only way to get to heaven. Other ways aren’t acceptable to God.
Jesus took us and made us God’s people. God will still be our Father even if we’re not descendents of Abraham. Through Jesus, we’re adopted and God is our Father. We can be part of what was established by Jesus. We can build on Jesus and let our lives be established around that.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Paul came to these and preached Jesus to these and laid the foundation in that sense. He showed them what the foundation was… Jesus Christ.
We can build all kinds of things, but Jesus’ church can only be built on Jesus. We present Christ to the world and we want to present him as he is. We don’t want to present false ideas. His church isn’t built of man’s abilities, but of Jesus Christ. We go to him for our help in every situation.
You don’t have to go to a specific place to find God; build on the foundation of Jesus and walk with him wherever you go.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Everyone that comes to God through Jesus becomes part of God’s house. Jesus is the chief cornerstone. For the building to fit together right, we all have to be properly aligned to Jesus. The cornerstone defines how everything else lines up. We fit together, not because we line up to each other, but because we line up to Jesus. We have to have a right relationship to Jesus. What draws us together has to be Jesus Christ. We are drawn together by and built on Jesus, or we’re not what he was talking about.
What makes the church what it is, is Jesus. Anything else will fail because it’s building on something else.
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. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Jesus is the head of the church, and "in all things he must have the preeminence." When Jesus isn’t first, it causes real trouble. We can’t allow a desire to be ahead of God. Jesus has to be first. God wants him to be first and stay first.
"…in him all fullness dwells…" Jesus is the one who makes peace for us. All men are dependent on Jesus. Even those who lived before he came, they had to put faith in the one God said would come. We all need the blood of God. It’s by his blood that we’re reconciled.
God chose Jesus to build his church. We can’t get away from the one who makes us what we are. The church is made up of all those who have built their lives on God. The way in is to build your life on Christ and be saved by his blood.